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  • Actors: Lili Taylor, Christopher Walken, Annabella Sciorra, Edie Falco, Paul Calderon
  • Directors: Abel Ferrara
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Transition Digital Media
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Aug. 2012
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0085947D4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,855 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

The dark is their sunlight. What makes them different is what keeps them alive.

One of the most original vampire movies ever made, Abel Ferrara's The Addiction challenges his audience to face up to their endless fascination with evil and violence, shot seductively in black and white.

Kathleen, brilliantly portrayed by Lili Taylor, is an NYU philosophy student whose life is brutally changed forever when a bite to her neck awakens a thirst for blood. Spiralling into a world of addiction and existential angst it is only when she meets a sophisticated vampire named Peina (Christopher Walken) that she can begin to control her urges.

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 17 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD
This is a vampire movie which is very different to the likes of Twilight, Trueblood or Blade. It's a poetic and disturbing exploration of the nature of addiction, shot in bleached-out black and white to heighten the effect of the blood-soaked moments. If you're looking for an action movie or an episode of Underworld then move straight along -- you'll find The Addiction to be slowly-paced, peculiar and unrewarding.
If, however, you enjoyed Bad Lieutenant Bad Lieutenant [DVD] [1993], The Hunger The Hunger [DVD] [1983] or maybe even Cat People Cat People [DVD] [1982], then this film should capture your attention. A philosophy student is ambushed and bitten in a New York alley. Her descent into insanity and addiction is documented, and she struggles to come to terms with her need to feed and the meaning of personal responsibility. She destroys her relationships with those who trust her, and creates a coven of the undead -- all in an entirely modern manner. The mono cinematography nicely underplays the gory moments, making them more realistic.
Chris Walken has only a short cameo, and it's outstanding. He's at his strange, other-worldly best as a mature vampire, in control of himself and his own addiction. But don't expect to see very much of him; the character slips in and out of the story without leaving much of a ripple.
The filming is a little too 'documentary' for me in places (jarring and jerky) and the soundtrack rather too rap-raucous, which dates the action somewhat. This is also quite a short film, but it packs a big punch for its petite running time. Not the best vamp movie I've watched, but thought-provoking.
8/10
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 May 2010
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This is a vampire movie which is very different to the likes of Twilight, Trueblood or Blade. It's a poetic and disturbing exploration of the nature of addiction, shot in bleached-out black and white to heighten the effect of the blood-soaked moments. If you're looking for an action movie or an episode of Underworld then move straight along -- you'll find The Addiction to be slowly-paced, peculiar and unrewarding.
If, however, you enjoyed Bad Lieutenant Bad Lieutenant [DVD] [1993], The Hunger The Hunger [DVD] [1983] or maybe even Cat People Cat People [DVD] [1982], then this film should capture your attention. A philosophy student is ambushed and bitten in a New York alley. Her descent into insanity and addiction is documented, and she struggles to come to terms with her need to feed and the meaning of personal responsibility. She destroys her relationships with those who trust her, and creates a coven of the undead -- all in an entirely modern manner. The mono cinematography nicely underplays the gory moments, making them more realistic.
Chris Walken has only a short cameo, and it's outstanding. He's at his strange, other-worldly best as a mature vampire, in control of himself and his own addiction. But don't expect to see very much of him; the character slips in and out of the story without leaving much of a ripple.
The filming is a little too 'documentary' for me in places (jarring and jerky) and the soundtrack rather too rap-raucous, which dates the action somewhat. This is also quite a short film, but it packs a big punch for its petite running time. Not the best vamp movie I've watched, but thought-provoking.
8/10
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Turner VINE VOICE on 12 Aug. 2010
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'The Addiction' is a compelling little movie. Shot in B&W, which adds to the tension of the film, it's the story of a students transformation into a vamp - and subsequent descent into madness - with a difference. There are no bats, capes or sparkles here, which makes a refreshing change. There's some cool, unnerving acting from Lili Taylor - an often underestimated performer - and a cracking cameo from Christopher Walken at his creepy, understated best. If there was a fault here, it's with the rap soundtrack, which dates the film badly and detracts from it on the whole - and the philosophy angle does grate after a while. For my money, the most disturbing scene in the whole movie is our alpha heroines trip to A&E after being bitten. All that medical insurance and nobody knows how to clean up a neck wound! Or maybe it was a blooper... anyway, a thoughtfully written film with a lot of undercurrents that stays with you long after the first bite.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 May 2010
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This is a vampire movie which is very different to the likes of Twilight, Trueblood or Blade. It's a poetic and disturbing exploration of the nature of addiction, shot in bleached-out black and white to heighten the effect of the blood-soaked moments. If you're looking for an action movie or an episode of Underworld then move straight along -- you'll find The Addiction to be slowly-paced, peculiar and unrewarding.
If, however, you enjoyed Bad Lieutenant Bad Lieutenant [DVD] [1993], The Hunger The Hunger [DVD] [1983] or maybe even Cat People Cat People [DVD] [1982], then this film should capture your attention. A philosophy student is ambushed and bitten in a New York alley. Her descent into insanity and addiction is documented, and she struggles to come to terms with her need to feed and the meaning of personal responsibility. She destroys her relationships with those who trust her, and creates a coven of the undead -- all in an entirely modern manner. The mono cinematography nicely underplays the gory moments, making them more realistic.
Chris Walken has only a short cameo, and it's outstanding. He's at his strange, other-worldly best as a mature vampire, in control of himself and his own addiction. But don't expect to see very much of him; the character slips in and out of the story without leaving much of a ripple.
The filming is a little too 'documentary' for me in places (jarring and jerky) and the soundtrack rather too rap-raucous, which dates the action somewhat. This is also quite a short film, but it packs a big punch for its petite running time. Not the best vamp movie I've watched, but thought-provoking.
8/10
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