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A fresh,yet flawed Vampire film.
on 12 April 2002
'The Addiction' was filmed before 'The Funeral'- though it is taken that you watch the latter first & then this (are Sciorra & Walken playing the same characters from 'The Funeral'?-it isn't made explicit)...This is a fresh if pretentious vampire film- far from 'Buffy...' or 'The Lost Boys'; its closest relative is George Romero's 'Martin' (or aspects of 'Near Dark')...Lili Taylor is typically brilliant in the lead, as is Edie Falco (The Sopranos) as a fellow-student/vampire. The college (university) setting helps give access to the philosophical notions of existence- notably Nietzsche's 'Beyond Good & Evil'. As with 'Se7en' these literary references seem to be both over-pretentious & stretched in their meaning. I'm sure Ferrara 'means it'- it's just that images of the Holocaust & pretentious philosophysing on the nature of evil don't relate: you can debate the psychopathology of the final solution all you want- it doesn't change anything. As with any film that uses images of the Holocaust it is problematic-making this a relative of 'The Night Porter'. The endless philosophy is also humourless & , at times, tedious. There is some humour- the post-graduation ceremony is rather good- as is the literal/realist evocation of the vampire. Walken's cameo is brilliant-though not nearly long enough. The film is wonderfully photographed & a different kind of vampire film that should be seen by anyone who enjoys this kind of film. It is nowhere near the brilliance of 'The Funeral'- which is a much more convincing treatise on Catholicism & Evil. Still, a lot more convincing than mediocrity like 'Bram Stoker's Dracula', 'The Hunger' & 'Interview with the Vampire'. The attempt to bring the vampire concept into the modern age marks this film out.