The Addiction

  • 82'
  • USA
  • 1994
Kathleen, a philosophy student in New York, one night falls victim to a strange attack. An elegant young lady grabs her, pulls her into a dark corner and bites her in the neck, leaving two small holes. In the days that follow, Kathleen finds out that she has acquired a virus that attacks her soul and not just her body. She tries in vain to continue work on her doctoral thesis, but realises she has to fight increasingly hard against a new and unknown lust for blood. In the end she succumbs to the need and roams the streets of New York in search of victims. She soon meets a man, Peina, who belongs to the New York vampire set. Peina teaches Kathleen what she has to do to avoid detection; in exchange, Kathleen meets all his needs. Following Peina's instructions she passes her doctorate with flying colours. The party she gives - to which both the living and the dead are invited - degenerates into a vampire orgy. Kathleen faints and is taken to hospital, but she knows she can't die, because she is doomed to eternal life. 'Abel Ferrara has made a vampire movie - and who better to do it? After all, his penchant for violence, religious iconography, and shadowy streets seem tailor-made for the genre, as does his fascination with self-destructive characters.' (Piers Handling, Toronto Catalogus)
Director
Abel Ferrara
Country of production
USA
Production Year
1994
Festival Edition
IFFR 1996
Length
82'
Medium
35mm
Language
English
Producers
Fast Films, Dennis Hann
Sales
USA Films
Cast
Michael Imperioli, Lili Taylor