The Addiction

1995

Horror

10
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 74%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 68%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 7545

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Lili Taylor as Kathleen Conklin
Annabella Sciorra as Casanova
Michael Imperioli as Missionary
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by capkronos 9 / 10

Exceptional low-budget philosophical horror film.

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.

Reviewed by The_Core 9 / 10

Am I the only one?

SPOILER ALERT Am I the only one who "got" this film? I don't usually enjoy movies shot in black and white, nor "artsy fartsy" movies, but this one really had something to say of great significance (stated explicitly in the final words of the film), and it was also entertaining (at least I found it to be).

I don't agree with the general reviewer's attitude toward the holocaust scenes. The central message of the film does NOT deny reality to suffering, but explicitly acknowledges it (the fact that the holocaust was "real" and vampires are "not real" is entirely beside the point). Suffering IS real, and is the common thread linking the vampire/addict and the holocaust victim.

Has anyone else noticed that the central philosophy of the movie is not nihilism, but nondualism? How the endless cycle of pain/pleasure (also known as "addiction") controls all of us to one extent or another, and how all pleasure takes place against a background of pain -- an endless cycle of suffering for most of humanity? The film also examines the notion of "free will" in detail, and ultimately concludes that "my will against yours" is the cause of much "evil." Nondualism concludes that "free will" is an oxymoron, and denies reality to the concept of personal volition. This movie reaches much the same conclusion.

Ultimately, the main character's spiritual redemption at the end of the movie demonstrates nondualism, not nihilism (a nihilistic ending would be the suicide or death of the main character in a particular violent fashion). Yet she is redeemed, and realizes that annihilation of "self" (the ego, will, conflict, separation, addiction, the cause of suffering) is the only true path of redemption. This is a spiritual, non-dual message.

If anyone who hasn't heard of the perspective of nondualism is curious, try your favorite search engine and searching on "nonduality" and/or "advaita."

Rating: 9/10

Reviewed by jimboduck 7 / 10

Black & White - 7 (worth the time)

I haven't seen THE ADDICTION in ten years, but I do recommend it from what I remember. And the list of attractive concepts are, envelope please: Lili Taylor, Christopher Walken, Anabella Sciorra, black and white meta-fictional film, and of course vampires galore! Abel Ferrara has directed other well known movies such as Bad Lieutenant, California, and the Funeral. Of these movies, I mildly recommend the first two but definitely not the third. The Funeral is plain boring and dreary, while the other two entertain by showing the gritty side of human nature.

Caution, if you're the type of vampire fan who must have each actor decked out in fangs and yellow contacts, then steer clear of this movie, since it's really questionable whether the characters in THE ADDICTION are actually vampires or are just plain junkies in nice clothes.

Lastly, there is a very complex philosophical feel to THE ADDICTION, as Lili Taylor muses about life and death in deep conversations in different venues around New York City: a college book store, movie theater, etc. I recommend any philosopher out there to grab THE ADDICTION off the shelves as soon as possible.

Speaking of the mid-90's, that short-lived era was a golden age for indie actors like Lili Taylor and Parker Posey. Taylor got a taste of vampire-hood early on in this movie, and fortunately for us, and for the committee, Posey got her fangs in Blade 3, which I was very happy to see happen. I mean, come on, all those party girls are really vampires at heart.

JY

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