The Addiction

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Time Out says

Chronologically, this precedes The Funeral by about a year. Both were scripted by Nicolas St John after the death of his son. Both were shot quickly, on limited budgets, by much the same crew, and feature Walken and Sciorra, and a Catholic priest, Father Robert Castle. Finally, both are philosophical/religious ruminations, in genre form, on the nature of sin and redemption. The Funeral, though, is the far more accessible, even conventional drama. By contrast, this is one wild, weird, wired movie, the kind that really shouldn't be seen before midnight. Taylor is commanding as New York philosophy student Kathleen Conklin. Dragged into a back alley, she's vamped by Sciorra's voluptuous Casanova. Soon she starts obsessing on images of My Lai and the Holocaust, name-dropping Nietzsche, Sartre and Heidegger, and taking a syringe to a vagrant's artery for a late-night snack. Shot in b/w, with an effectively murky jungle/funk/rap score, this is the vampire movie we've been waiting for: a reactionary urban-horror flick that truly has the ailing pulse of the time. AIDS and drug addiction are points of reference, but they're symptoms, not the cause. Ferrara's chiaroscuro imagery is as striking as anything in Coppola's Dracula, while the voice-over narration often recalls Apocalypse Now. Scary, funny, magnificently risible, this could be the most pretentious B-movie ever - and I mean that as a compliment.
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UK release:

1994

Duration:

82 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Abel Ferrara

Cast:

Fredro Starr, Paul Calderon, Edie Falco, Annabella Sciorra, Christopher Walken, Lili Taylor, Robert Castle

Music:

Joe Delia

Production Designer:

Charles M Lagola

Editor:

Mayin Lo

Cinematography:

Ken Kelsch

Screenwriter:

Nicholas St John

Producer:

Fernando Sulichin, Dennis Hann

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Tarik Bahadir Kirtay

Accualy everbody see whatever they want to see.It doesnt matter what the director wants to show.What i see in this film is you not able to judge yourself when you are in the situation.You need someone or something to take you out of your environment in order to understand what you are really in.If you taken the other side your understanding of life changes.If you had chance to put yourself in the hitler's position probably you would think you are right about what you do.Life is strange.

Tarik Bahadir Kirtay

Accualy everbody see whatever they want to see.It doesnt matter what the director wants to show.What i see in this film is you not able to judge yourself when you are in the situation.You need someone or something to take you out of your environment in order to understand what you are really in.If you taken the other side your understanding of life changes.If you had chance to put yourself in the hitler's position probably you would think you are right about what you do.Life is strange.

Catherine

I am a film student and I've used this film for an essay, although slow going it's a very good film. The b&w adds to the suspense and horror. Well worth a watch, but do not watch alone!!

Catherine

I am a film student and I've used this film for an essay, although slow going it's a very good film. The b&w adds to the suspense and horror. Well worth a watch, but do not watch alone!!