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The Addiction

Promotional poster for The Addiction
Directed by Abel Ferrara
Produced by Preston L. Holmes
Russell Simmons
Denis Hann
Fernando Sulichin
Written by Nicholas St. John
Starring Lili Taylor
Christopher Walken
Annabella Sciorra
Edie Falco
Paul Calderon
Fredro Starr
Kathryn Erbe
Michael Imperioli
Jamal Simmons
Music by Joe Delia
Cinematography Ken Kelsch
Editing by Mayin Lo
Distributed by October Films
Release date(s) 1995
Running time 82 min
Country  United States
Language English

The Addiction is an unconventional 1995 vampire film by Abel Ferrara, starring Lili Taylor, Edie Falco, Paul Calderon and Christopher Walken. It was written by Ferrara's regular screenwriter, Nicholas St John, filmed in black and white and released simultaneously with Ferrara's period gangster film, The Funeral.

The film is widely considered an allegory about drug addiction.



Kathleen Conklin (Taylor), a young philosophy student at New York University, is attacked by a woman (Annabella Sciorra), who tells her "order me to go away" and, when the frightened Kathleen is unable to do so, bites her neck and drinks her blood. Kathleen develops several of the traditional symptoms of vampirism, including aversion to daylight, but the film's main focus is on her moral degradation. The film opens with a narrative of the My Lai massacre, and the vampires repeatedly resort to the strategy of blaming their victims for not being strong enough to resist them. As one of Kathleen's victims weeps incredulously over the damage, Kathleen coldly informs her: "It's not my actions but your astonishment that needs examination here." At her graduation party, she says "I'd like to share a little bit of what I've learned" and savages the neck of the nearest person, precipitating a bloody, chaotic vampire orgy. Eventually Kathleen meets Peina (Walken), who claims to have conquered his addiction and recommends that she read William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch. In an ambiguous finale, Kathleen is again confronted with the woman who first bit her, who stops her suicide attempt and quotes R. C. Sproul to her. But Conklin resists, receives absolution from a Catholic priest, and is shown walking away from a grave with her own name on it, in broad daylight....


Film was nominated 'Best Film' award in Berlin International Film Festival, 1995.[1] Lili Taylor won Best Foreign Actress Sant Jordi Award. Film also received Best Actress (Taylor), Best Film (Abel Ferrara) and Special Mention Award for outstanding acting performance of Academy Award-winner actor Christopher Walken in Málaga International Week of Fantastic Cinema. The film was also nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards and won Critics Award in Mystfest and was also nominated for Best Film[2]. The film has received high praise from the critic Peter Bradshaw, who named it as one of his top ten favourite films in a 2002 Sight and Sound poll.[3]


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