The Addiction

One of Abel Ferrara’s interesting failures — a deep-dish art-house vampire movie, shot in stark b&w, with Lili Taylor as a philosophy student who gets bitten by Annabella Sciorra and tailspins into the madness of hunger. How could it miss? Well, there’s a reason that Bad Lieutenant is Ferrara’s best film: It wasn’t written by Nicholas St. John, whose scripts for Ferrara have been pretentious at best, ham-handed at worst. This one is both. When we’re not watching the humorless Taylor shooting up blood or blathering about deep stuff, we’re wincing at death-camp footage. One can justify the images of real-life atrocity as Ferrara’s usual outrageousness, but after a while the gallery of Holocaust horror just seems like a cheap, unearned way for St. John to beef up his themes of collective guilt and evil in modern society. Taylor is compelling, Ken Kelsch’s photography is riveting, and Christopher Walken is amusing in a small role as some sort of vicious vamp guru. Also with Paul Calderone and Father Robert Castle. Score by Joe Delia. Ferrara’s next was The Funeral, also with Sciorra and Walken.

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