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The Addiction -- A New York anthropology grad student turns into a vampire after getting bitten by one, and then tries to come to terms with her new lifestyle and frequent craving for human blood.


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Writer (WGA):
Nicholas St. John (written by)
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Release Date:
6 October 1995 (USA) See more »
The dark is their sunlight. What makes them different is what keeps them alive.
A New York philosophy grad student turns into a vampire after getting bitten by one, and then tries to come to terms with her new lifestyle and frequent craving for human blood. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Fascinating, but heavy going for those not inclined towards philosophy. See more (85 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lili Taylor ... Kathleen Conklin

Christopher Walken ... Peina

Annabella Sciorra ... Casanova

Edie Falco ... Jean

Paul Calderon ... Professor

Fredro Starr ... Black

Kathryn Erbe ... Anthropology Student

Michael Imperioli ... Missionary
Jamal Simmons ... Black's Friend (as Jamel 'RedRum' Simmons)
Robert W. Castle ... Narrator / Priest (as Father Robert Castle)
Michael A. Fella ... Cop (as Michael Fella)
Louis Katz ... Doctor (as Dr. Louis A. Katz)
Leroy Johnson ... Homeless Victim
Fred Williams ... Homeless Victim
Avron Coleman ... Cellist
Lisa Casillo ... Mary
Frank Aquilino ... Delivery Man (as Frank 'Butchy the Hat' Aquilino)
Nicholas De Cegli ... Cabby (as Nicholas Decegli)
Jay Julien ... Dean

Chuck Jeffreys ... Bartender (as Chuck Jeffries)

Edward Conna ... Waiter (as Ed Conna)
Nancy Ellen Anzalone ... Dress Victim
Susan Mitchell ... Featured Victim
Mary Ann Hannon ... Featured Victim
John Vincent McEvily ... Featured Victim

Bianca Pratt ... Featured Victim
Christina Campanella ... Featured Victim (as Christina Campenella)

Anthony Giangrande ... Featured Victim (as Anthony Giangrando)

Kevin Scullin ... Featured Victim
Heather Bracken ... Nurse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harrison Freed ... College Student (uncredited)

Joseph C. Reyes ... Student - College (uncredited)

Directed by
Abel Ferrara 
Writing credits
Nicholas St. John (written by)

Produced by
Antony Blinken .... associate producer
Denis Hann .... producer
Marla Hanson .... associate producer
Preston L. Holmes .... executive producer (as Preston Holmes)
Margot Lulick .... line producer (as Margot E. Lulick)
Russell Simmons .... executive producer
Fernando Sulichin .... producer
Original Music by
Joe Delia 
Cinematography by
Ken Kelsch (photography)
Film Editing by
Mayin Lo 
Production Design by
Charles M. Lagola  (as Charles Lagola)
Art Direction by
Beth Curtis 
Set Decoration by
Sara Baldocchi 
Mary Prlain 
Costume Design by
Melinda Eshelman 
Makeup Department
Jean Block .... assistant hair stylist
Wayne Herndon .... key hair stylist
Kate Morgan .... assistant makeup artist
Patricia Regan .... makeup artist
Linda Grimes .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Carmen Ashurst-Watson .... executive in charge of production (as Carmen Ashurst)
Margot Lulick .... unit production manager (as Margot E. Lulick)
Andrew Ramsey .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Randy Fletcher .... first assistant director
Dean Garvin .... second assistant director
Evan Labb .... second assistant director
Glen Trotiner .... first assistant director
Chris Marazzo .... second second assistant director: exteriors (uncredited)
Art Department
Maureen Cataldi .... additional dresser
Mark Edlitz .... art department production assistant
Rolf Grimsted .... leadman (as Rolf Grimstead)
Lisa Kent .... art department assistant
Erick Schiele .... set dresser
Elizabeth Schlitten .... property master (as Liz Schlitten)
Gordanna Svilar .... art department assistant
Sound Department
Bob Barnes .... sound intern (as Bob Barns)
Héctor Cordero .... sound editor (as Hector Cordero)
Andrew Edelman .... sound intern
Sheila Gladhill .... sound intern
David Glickman .... boom operator
Raymond Karpicki .... supervising sound editor (as Ray Karpicki)
Kira Smith .... sound intern
Robert Taz Larrea .... production sound mixer
Mel Zelniker .... re-recording mixer
Clancy T. Troutman .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Nancy Ellen Anzalone .... stunt player (as Nancy Anzalone)
John Cade .... stunt player
Ren Campbell .... stunt player
Edward Conna .... stunt player (as Ed Conne)
Blaise Corrigan .... stunt player (as Blaize Corrigan)
Don Hewitt .... stunt player
Chuck Jeffreys .... stunt player (as Chuck Jeffries)
Chuck Margiotta .... stunt player
Cynthia Neilson .... stunt player
Phil Neilson .... stunt coordinator
Lizzie Olesker .... stunt player (as Lizzie Oleskar)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Almeida .... electrician
Nathaniel Beal .... grip (as Nat Beal)
Paul Breen .... electrician
Joshua N. Bucklan .... loader
Maria Calvaruso .... loader
Andrea Dorman .... first assistant camera
James J. Ferris .... generator operator
Jim Galvin .... electrician
Matthew Gould .... electrician
Seth Greenspan .... electrician
Robert Kummert .... key grip (as Rob Kummert)
Jean-Pierre Marois .... still photographer
Ed Mattson .... grip (as Edward Mattson)
John Paul McIntyre .... dolly grip (as John P. McIntyre)
Charlie McNamara .... gaffer (as Charley McNamara)
John Milcetic .... best boy electrician
Alpesh Patel .... grip truck helper
Lance Rieck .... second assistant camera
Michael Sadov .... grip
Phil Testa .... best boy electrician
David Tumblety .... electrician
Justin Vanson .... best boy grip
Kevin Wallace .... electrician
Casting Department
Andrea Curtis .... casting
Meredith Jacobson .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Arnold .... assistant costume designer
Amanda Pratt .... wardrobe supervisor
Bianca Pratt .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Yasmine Amitai .... first assistant editor
Maya Churi .... post-production assistant
Kenna Doeringer .... second assistant editor
Stephanie Ferrante .... post-production assistant
Abehjha Kibuuka .... editing room assistant
Dave Pultz .... timer: black and white (as David Pultz)
Location Management
Adam Baer .... location scout
Alex Corven .... location manager (as Alex Corven Caronia)
Lucia Marano .... assistant location manager
Lynn H. Powers .... location assistant (as Lynn Powers)
Joseph Stephans .... location assistant
Music Department
James Flatto .... music editor
Transportation Department
George Campbell .... driver captain
Other crew
Robert Aqui .... production assistant
Donna L. Bascom .... production counsel (as Donna Bascom)
Gianni Benecchi .... production assistant
Sarah Bereczki .... set production assistant
Simon G. Bloomer .... production assistant
Alejandro Branger .... production assistant
Jay Cannold .... production accountant
Dianne E. Collins .... publicist: M/S Billing Publicity, Ltd. (as Diane Collins)
Wendy Damon .... assistant: Mr. Ferrara
Elizabeth Downer .... set production assistant
Maurice 'pee-wee' Edwards .... parking coordinator (as Maurice 'PeeWee' Edwards)
Stephanie Ferrante .... office production assistant
Arthur Flam .... production assistant
Adam Ben Frank .... key set production assistant (as Adam Frank)
Baron Ginnetti .... craft service
Henry Hershkowitz .... assistant to producers
Jay Julien .... corporate counsel
Simone Lageoles .... script supervisor (as Simone M. Lageoles)
Melissa Marr .... production office coordinator (as Melissa M. Marr)
John Paul McIntyre .... creative consultant (as John McIntyre)
Susan Mitchell .... stand-in: Lili Taylor
Olivia Pi-Sunyer .... production office coordinator
Anthony Redman .... creative consultant
Russell Simmons .... presenter
Julina Tatlock .... key set production assistant
Sean Thomas .... set production assistant
Michelle Vergara .... set production assistant
Sarah Zack .... set production assistant
Delbert Boone .... the producers would like to thank: for sharing their expertise in the signs, symptoms and treatment of addiction, Community Development Coordinator of the Cornerstone Treatment Facilities Network
Gilbert Caleano .... the producers would like to thank: for sharing their expertise in the signs, symptoms and treatment of addiction, Senior Vice President, Substance Abuse Services of the Cornerstone Treatment Facilities Network
Christine Choy .... the producers would like to thank
Carlos Garro Diaz .... the producers would like to thank
Pasquale E. Ferrante .... the producers would like to thank
Bernie Hayden .... the producers would like to thank: Sound Dimensions, NY
Phil Neilson .... the producers would like to thank
Jeremiah Newton .... the producers would like to thank
Bill Nisselson .... the producers would like to thank: Sound One Corp.
Janos Pilenyi .... the producers would like to thank (as Janos O. Pilenyi)
Leo M. Ritter .... the producers would like to thank
Julian Schnabel .... the producers would like to thank (as Julien Schnabel)
Ray Schnitzer .... the producers would like to thank
Mark Weitzmann .... the producers would like to thank: Educational Director of The Simon Wiesenthal Center (as Mark Wietzman)
Irwin Young .... the producers would like to thank: DuArt Film & Video Laboratory

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82 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (as Dolby Surround) | Dolby SR

Did You Know?

Shot in twenty days.See more »
Kathleen Conklin:The old adage from Santayana, that those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it, is a lie. There is no history. Everything we are is eternally with us.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Halloween: 25 Years of Terror (2006) (V)See more »
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33 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating, but heavy going for those not inclined towards philosophy., 24 September 2002
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

'The Addiction' is one of the most original vampire movies ever made. In fact, I can't think of another one quite like it. Abel Ferrara has made some strange and disturbing movies in his time, and this one is as strange and disturbing as any. Lili Taylor ('I Shot Andy Warhol') is brilliant as a troubled, soul searching philosophy student who has an unexpected and life-changing encounter with a mysterious stranger ('Cop Land's Annabella Sciorra). Dark, deep, sometimes blackly humorous, and frequently too obscure for its own good, this can be heavy going at times, but is never less than interesting. Christopher Walken, who did some superb work for Ferrara in his classic 'The King Of New York', has only a cameo here, but what a cameo! Walken is terrific and unforgettable. The rest of the supporting cast includes 'The Sopranos' Edie Falco and (briefly) Michael Imperioli, Paul Calderon ('Girlfight'), and Kathryn Erbe ('Stir Of Echoes'). This is a unique movie that will be appreciated by those with an open mind and preference for "difficult" viewing. Recommended.

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