1994, Colour, 82 min
Hann, Fernando Sulichin
night the New York philosophy student Kathleen Conklin becomes the
victim of a bizarre attack. A mysterious women drags her into the
entrance of a house urging her to take off. Kathleen, totally terrified
only manages to blurt out: "please - don't hurt me". In
the end the lady bites her throat and drinks her blood. At hospital
Kathleen is told that she was O.K. so far; if she got infected with
the HIV-virus couldn't be said yet.
the next days Kathleen realizes some serious changes: loss of appetite,
increasing paleness, nasty changes of mood and finally an insatiable
thirst for blood. She soon drops into a rabbit hole, ceases to work
on her thesis and doesn't care about social contacts anymore. After
having bleed her first victim, a homeless old man (very inexperienced
by means of a syringe), she looses all scruples and infects whoever
crosses her way: friends as well as strangers.
Kathleen everything changes when she meets the experienced vampire
Peina who makes her aware of her situation forcefully. He puts her
on withdrawal for a while, tells her that it was all her decision
and that she was to arrange herself with the circumstances as good
is how she resumes her studies again, writes a revolutionary thesis
and astonishes the examination committee with her theses. Afterwards
Kathleen gives a huge dissertation party to which her infected victims
are invited as well and it all ends in a final blood orgy.
principle Abel Ferrera Movies are not really easy ones, just think
of "Snakeeyes", "Bad Lieutenant" or "MS
45". "The Addiction" is no exception to the rule.
Ferrera himself said that "The Addiction" was exactly
the movie he always wanted to make. It's only logical that we find
a lot of elements that are typical for him: New York Downtown atmosphere,
philosophical speculations and spectacular excesses of violence..
"The Addiction" is far away from being the best movie
Ferrera ever made. Actually it is not even a real vampire movie.
The vampire motive merely serves as a metaphor for violence, the
evil, humankind easily becomes a victim of, but also for drug addiction
and AIDS (it seems that the believing and practicing Catholic Ferrera
considers this disease the punishment of god). Well...
This sounds exaggerated? Well, that's exactly the main problem of
"The Addiction". The actors, especially Lili Taylor and
Christopher Walken are great as always, camera man Ken Kelsch visualizes
the movie with atmospheric black and white pictures, shows us slow
camera moves and extreme close-ups. Also splatter fans get what
they want. But anyway, the overload of philosophical meaningless
nonsense gets on our nerves. Everybody can quote Heidegger and Nietzsche
but you need more to make a philosophical movie. And, what does
Kathleen say? Philosophy is Propaganda! In "The Addiction"
there's a questionable moral attitude, pictures of the Holocaust
and the Vietnam war, so that even the last saphead understands what
Ferrera and the author of the screenplay want to tell us: we are
not evil because we do evil, but because we are evil.... O.K.!
the "The Addiction" is not as bad as we might make it
sound, but most of the time it is boring and sometimes even a nuisance.
Probably Ferrera, who normally is an excellent Director, somehow
lost control of the movie. Those who think "interview
with the vampire" lacks philosophical depth might want
to try their luck with this movie.