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The Addiction

USA / Argentina 1995
produced by
Denis Hann, Fernando Sulichin, Russell Simmons (executive), Preston L. Holmes (executive) for Fast Films
directed by Abel Ferrara
starring Lili Taylor, Christopher Walken, Annabella Sciorra, Edie Falco, Paul Calderon, Fredro Starr, Kathryn Erbe, Michael Imperioli, Jamal Simmons, Robert W. Castle, Michael A. Fella, Louis Katz, Leroy Johnson, Fred Williams, Avron Coleman, Lisa Casillo, Frank Aquilino, Nicholas De Cegli, Jay Julien, Chuck Jeffreys, Edward Conna, Nancy Ellen Anzalone, Susan Mitchell, Mary Ann Hannon, John Vincent McEvily, Bianca Pratt, Christina Campanella, Anthony Giangrande, Kevin Scullin, Heather Bracken
written by Nicholas St. John, music by Joe Delia

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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On her way home from university one day, philosophy student Katherine (Lili Taylor) is bitten in the neck by a weird woman (Annabella Sciorra), but fortunately the wound is far from serious, let alone fatal. But while the doctors at her hospital promise her quick recovery, she just feels worse and worse, suffering from a feeling resembling that of cold turkey. She only gets better when she, in the streets, finds a passed-out drug addict with a blood-filled syringe still sticking in his vein, which she takes home to inject the blood into her own vein. Soon she realizes she is addicted to blood and sucks it indistinctively from whoever she can get it, her professor, a fellow student, even her best friend Jean (Edie Falco), until she meets another bloodsucker like herself (Christopher Walken) who tells her he can teach her control her urge - but ends up sucking her almost dry and leaving her bloodless out in the streets, and only thanks to the blood of an innocent passer-by can she survive that experience.

But this experience, as well as her addiction help her greatly in writing her thesis and getting her degree in philosophy, and to celebrate this she invites many fellow students, professors and the deacon to a reception - that ends in a bloodbath. But Katherine needs to be careful, as one can overdose even on blood  ...


Told at a deliberate slow pace, and every so often inserting philosophical ideas as possible interpretations into the movie (but never making the mistake of selling them off as facts), this movie bringss an exciting new twist to the equation of vampirism and addiction (an idea not as new as it might seem at first glance), since it does not tell merely of the euphoric highs but also the lows of its addicted heroine, having her strung out and on cold turkey during much of its playing time, which is beautifully brought to life by a strong Lili Taylor in the lead. This all, plus the film's lyrical look and feel, making great use of its decaying New York background while marrying that marries horror, addiction and philosophy make this one pretty much a must-see.


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