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The Addiction Details


Director Abel Ferrara applies his eccentric vision to the vampire genre with this cerebral "Art" film about graduate philosophy student Kathleen Conklin (Lili Taylor), who is bitten by an aggressive female vampire (Annabella Sciorra) and soon spirals into a nightmarish world of blood addiction and existential angst. Driven by her merciless condition, she attacks several of her pretentious friends and classmates (even her professor) and mainlines their blood like heroin. Just as she becomes more bold in seeking prey on the streets of New York, she is waylaid by a potential victim -- actually a sophisticated vampire himself named Peina (Christopher Walken), who chooses to control his own blood addiction through fasting and meditation. Seeming to regain her self-control, she eventually completes her graduate thesis (helped by a bit of vampire nepotism) and holds a party to celebrate, inviting the entire faculty as well as members of her new "family" to join in the festivities. Although the parallels to heroin addiction are in plain view, this is also a study in the essential evil of humankind -- a theme evident in much of Ferrara's work. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

  • Release date:October 4, 1995


Awarded by
Berlin International Film Festival Abel Ferrara In Competition 1995 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Lili Taylor Best Actress 1995 Nominee


Lili Taylor
as Kathleen Conklin
Christopher Walken
as Peina
Annabella Sciorra
as Casanova
Edie Falco
as Jean
Paul Calderon
as The Professor
Fredro Starr
as Black
Heather Bracken
as nurse
Avron Coleman
as Cellist
Frank Aquilino
as Delivery Man
Kevin Scullin
as Featured Victim
Lisa Casillo
as Mary
Michael Imperioli
as Missionary
Kathryn Erbe
as Anthropology Student
Leroy Johnson
as Homeless Victim
Bianca Pratt
as Featured Victim
Chuck Jeffreys
as Bartender
Michael Fella
as Cop
Jay Julien
as Dean
Eddie Conna
as Waiter


Abel Ferrara
Preston Holmes
Russell Simmons
Fernando Sulichin
Ken Kelsch
Ken Kelsch
Mayin Lo
Charles Lagola
Production Designer
Beth Curtis
Art Director
Marla Hanson
Associate Producer
Antony Blinken
Associate Producer
Russell Simmons
Executive Producer
Preston Holmes
Executive Producer
Sara Baldoechi
Set Designer
Sara Baldoechi
Set Decorator
Melinda Eshelman
Costume Designer
Bianca Pratt
Costume Designer
Mary Prlain
Set Decorator
Dean Garvin
First Assistant Director
Glen Trotiner
First Assistant Director
Evan Labb
First Assistant Director
Anthony Redman
Melissa M. Marr
Olivia Pi-Sunyer
Robert Larrea
Sound Mixer
Meredith Jacobson
Ray Karpicki
Sound Editor
Ray Karpicki
Supervising Sound Editor
Wayne Herndon
Hair Styles
Robert Larrea
Production Sound
Phil Neilson
Stunts Coordinator
James Flatto
Music Editor
Hector Cordero
Sound Editor
Alex Corven
Location Manager
Margot E. Lulick
Unit Production Manager
Margot E. Lulick
Line Producer
Mel Zelniker
Re-Recording Mixer
Simone Lageoles
Script Supervisor
Patricia Regan