Film Reviews: “The Addiction” (1995)

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Directed by Abel Ferrara.
Starring Lili Taylor, Christopher Walken, and Annabella Sciorra.

“It makes no difference what I do. Whether I draw blood or not. It’s the violence of my will, against theirs.”

Kathleen is walking home one night and is attacked by a woman, and pulled into an alley. The strange woman bites Kathleen on the neck, changing her life forever. What follows is Kathleen’s reaction to, and acceptance of becoming a vampire.

Director Abel Ferrara (The Driller Killer) returns and this time with a very different kind of film. “The Addiction” is an artsy, shadow filled, intense, and gritty vampire flick. Seeing Kathleen change from quiet student into ruthless killer is fascinating and disturbing. This is a very mature look at vampirism. I’ve always enjoyed Lili Taylor. Such a great actress, and in this she gets to show it, ranging from maniacal to subdued. They could have almost cast two different actresses to play Kathleen. Christopher Walken makes an awesome appearance as an older vampire with wisdom for Kathleen. It’s only about 10 minutes, but as memorable as any Walken 10 minute role.

If I could change one thing about the film, it would be the terrible opening song. “The Addiction” was co-produced by hip hop mogul Russel Simmons of all people, and I think he may have had a contract in which he could add in songs linked to his label? I dunno. It’s just a guess, but the song doesn’t jive at all with the rest of the film. Otherwise, this was truly fantastic and exactly what I was hoping it would be.

3.5 out of 4.0 stars.

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