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The Addiction (1995)

Not Rated | | Horror | 6 October 1995 (USA)
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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.

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Abel Ferrara
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Jamal Simmons ... Black's Friend (as Jamel 'RedRum' Simmons)
Robert W. Castle ... Narrator / Priest (as Father Robert Castle)
Michael A. Fella Michael A. Fella ... Cop (as Michael Fella)
Louis Katz Louis Katz ... Doctor (as Dr. Louis A. Katz)
Leroy Johnson Leroy Johnson ... Homeless Victim
Fred Williams Fred Williams ... Homeless Victim
Avron Coleman Avron Coleman ... Cellist
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Storyline

Kathleen Conklin, a doctoral student in philosophy, finds herself with a new perspective on the nature of evil and humanity after being bitten by a vampire in New York City.... Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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The dark is their sunlight. What makes them different is what keeps them alive.

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Horror

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Argentina

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adicción See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$302,393
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Production Co:

Fast Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby Surround)| Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film critic Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian placed the film at #1 in his top ten films of all time (as submitted for the 2002 Sight & Sound Poll) See more »

Quotes

Peina: You want me to take you someplace dark?
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Referenced in The Transfiguration (2016) See more »

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Better Off Dead
Written by Fredro Starr, Sticky Fingaz (as Sticky Fingers), Sonny Cezar
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Performed by Onyx (as ONYX)
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Exceptional low-budget philosophical horror film.
22 August 2002 | by capkronosSee all my reviews

Abel Ferrara's moody, allegorical vampire tale makes fascinating and pointed statements on sin and redemption, spirituality and the nature of good (there's precious little of it) and evil (no one is safe from it). And unfortunately, but not surprisingly, it was relatively ignored in America.

Lili Taylor gives a brooding, glib and haunting central performance as Kathleen Conklin, a New York University grad student who is pulled into an alley and bitten by a seductive female vampire (Annabella Sciorra), from which she emerges uncontrollably drawn into a world of violence and insatiable cravings for human blood. Ferrara's irredeemable urban hell landscape is more immediate and frightening than a million Transylvanias and by contrasting Taylor's "addiction" to the horrors of the past (war atrocities, the Holocaust) and present (heroine, AIDS), the film has more bite and impact than any fang-bearing, gore or special effects could even attempt to muster up. Nicolas St. John's intriguing philosophical screenplay and Ken Kelsch's gorgeous black and white photography (creating a world solely of light and dark, which is a key element in the plot), are not to be overlooked either.

Call it pretentious for the philosophy references (Sarte, Nietzche...) if you want, but this highly intelligent and disturbing low-budgeter is one of the most accomplished and well-thought out horror films I've ever seen. Don't let over-hyped, attention hogging Hollywood productions like BRAM STOKER'S Dracula or INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE keep you from seeing it.


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