Director: Abel Ferrara Run Time: 82 min. Release Year: 1995
Starring: Annabella Sciorra, Christopher Walken, Edie Falco, Lili Taylor, Paul Calderon
“A quivering nexus of AIDS allegory, identity crisis, historical unease, and socio-economic panic.” — SLANT MAGAZINE
Christopher Walken, Lili Taylor (THE CONJURING), and director Abel Ferrara (MS. 45) team up for THE ADDICTED—a stylized triumph of 1990s indie horror that mashes up Godard, Bram Stoker, and East Coast hip-hop. As the “Disneyfication” of New York City takes root, a morbid grad student (Taylor) is bitten by a vampire seductress (Annabella Sciorra) and must navigate the shadows while tempering her growing addiction to blood. In the midst of his most prolific, hard-hitting burst of filmmaking (basically that whole decade), Ferrara crafted this loving portrait of New York and a hellish portrait of heroin filtered through the darkest poetic lens. Filmed beautifully in black and white, THE ADDICTION sees Ferrara on his own terms and at his very best: raw, shocking, intelligent, and masterful.