The Addiction
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Director Abel Ferrara applies his eccentric vision to the vampire genre with this cerebral "Art" film about graduate philosophy student Kathleen Conklin (Lili Taylor), who is bitten by an aggressive female vampire (Annabella Sciorra) and soon spirals into a nightmarish world of blood addiction and existential angst. Driven by her merciless condition, she attacks several of her pretentious friends and classmates (even her professor) and mainlines their blood like heroin. Just as she becomes more bold in seeking prey on the streets of New York, she is waylaid by a potential victim --… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"No matter, without exactly transcending the awful material, Ferrara puts it across with astonishing poetry and conviction."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Abel Ferrara, working from a rabidly ambitious script by Nicholas St. John, gives the genre a provocative and perversely funny snap that Anne Rice might envy."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"One of Ferrara's most idiosyncratic yet popular slices of misanthropy."
‑ , Film4
"Reflecting Ferrara's obsession with guilt and redemption, the film acknowledges the capacity for evil, urging viewers to take responsibility for their actions, or else there won't be a way to arrest evil's diffusion from one generation to the next."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Christopher Walken, who always looks like one of the living dead, proves that he hasn't exhausted his capacity to make your skin crawl."
‑ Susan Tavernetti, Palo Alto Weekly
"Scary, funny, magnificently risible, this could be the most pretentious B-movie ever -- and I mean that as a compliment."
‑ , Time Out
"Unfortunately, it's so dark -- and impenetrable -- that it shuts us out."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"It's got a remarkable visual texture, integrity to burn, and almost -- but not quite -- enough intelligence to justify its lofty ambitions."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The allegory wears thin fast, and we're just left with artifice."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Ferrara's film both impresses and terrifies sufficiently for most of its duration."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Love him or hate him, Mr. Ferrara is one of the few directors who can turn genre movies into something deeper."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"Macabre and provocative, yet wonderfully restrained."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"What we get is a slight, but entertaining movie, that's (dare I say it?) unintentionally funny at times."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Given all the talent involved, this should have been much more compelling."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Captain! The Pretense-O-Meter's gone off the scale!"
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
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