The Addiction
The Addiction (1995)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Horror
Release Date: October 4, 1995
DVD Release Date: April 28, 1998
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Abel Ferrara's 1995 horror/suspense experiment blends urban vampire adventure with philosophical analysis to create a smart, idiosyncratic, and undeniably odd take on the genre.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

No matter, without exactly transcending the awful material, Ferrara puts it across with astonishing poetry and conviction.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

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.


One of Ferrara's most idiosyncratic yet popular slices of misanthropy.

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Time Out

Scary, funny, magnificently risible, this could be the most pretentious B-movie ever -- and I mean that as a compliment.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Unfortunately, it's so dark -- and impenetrable -- that it shuts us out.

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TV Guide

It's got a remarkable visual texture, integrity to burn, and almost -- but not quite -- enough intelligence to justify its lofty ambitions.

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Caryn James
New York Times

Love him or hate him, Mr. Ferrara is one of the few directors who can turn genre movies into something deeper.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Macabre and provocative, yet wonderfully restrained.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

What we get is a slight, but entertaining movie, that's (dare I say it?) unintentionally funny at times.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
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Antony Stubbs
Appropriately down 'n' dirty flick from marverick director Abel Ferrara. The Addiction deals with vampirism sans mythology, placing such an affliction… More
Stella Dallas
an existential vampire film. very disturbing. probably only ferrara could pull this off. fun cameo by chiristopher walken. 'twilight' eat your heart… More
Kylie B
Stylistically interesting modern (or post-modern) vampire film. It makes a comparison between vampirism and drug addiction (specifically drugs in the visuals),… More
vieras esine
Very plausible.
Christopher Brown
Another great one from Ferrara. Using vampirism as a metaphor for drug addiction would make me puke blood if it were released now, but at the time I thought it… More