The Addiction

  • 1995
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama, Horror

Of 1995's two B&W art-house vampire flicks (remember NADJA?), Abel Ferrara's angst-ridden parable is the winner by a nose. It's got a remarkable visual texture, integrity to burn, and almost -- but not quite -- enough intelligence to justify its lofty ambitions. Morose hipster Kathleen (Lili Taylor), an NYU philosophy student, experiences the ultimate existential...read more

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Of 1995's two B&W art-house vampire flicks (remember NADJA?), Abel Ferrara's angst-ridden parable is the winner by a nose. It's got a remarkable visual texture, integrity to burn, and almost -- but not quite -- enough intelligence to justify its

lofty ambitions. Morose hipster Kathleen (Lili Taylor), an NYU philosophy student, experiences the ultimate existential crisis after she's bitten by ferocious Casanova (Annabella Sciorra). Overnight, she becomes a Greenwich Village blood junkie, sporting wraparound shades, flaunting a bad attitude

and getting her fixes via the necks of unwary friends and other enablers. Director Ferrara and screenwriter Nicholas St. John, a team responsible for some of the most stylish genre pics of the past decade, have made a starkly beautiful film that occasionally stumbles into camp territory. Best for

the intentionally funny scenes -- notably an academic party that segues seamlessly from intellectual bitchfest to literal bloodbath -- and for Taylor's riveting performance.

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  • Released: 1995
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Of 1995's two B&W art-house vampire flicks (remember NADJA?), Abel Ferrara's angst-ridden parable is the winner by a nose. It's got a remarkable visual texture, integrity to burn, and almost -- but not quite -- enough intelligence to justify its lofty amb… (more)

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