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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

Awards

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

Cast

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
Kathryn Erbe
as Anthropology Student
Michael Imperioli
as Missionary
Leroy Johnson
as Homeless Victim
Frank Aquilino
as Delivery Man
Chuck Jeffreys
as Bartender
Heather Bracken
as nurse
Lisa Casillo
as Mary
Avron Coleman
as Cellist
Eddie Conna
as Waiter
Michael Fella
as Cop
Jay Julien
as Dean
Bianca Pratt
as Featured Victim
Kevin Scullin
as Featured Victim
Frank Aquilino
as Delivery Man
Kevin Scullin
as Featured Victim
Avron Coleman
as Cellist
Heather Bracken
as nurse
Michael Imperioli
as Missionary
Lisa Casillo
as Mary
Kathryn Erbe
as Anthropology Student
Leroy Johnson
as Homeless Victim
Chuck Jeffreys
as Bartender
Bianca Pratt
as Featured Victim
Jay Julien
as Dean
Michael Fella
as Cop
Eddie Conna
as Waiter

Crew

Abel Ferrara
Director
Preston Holmes
Producer
Russell Simmons
Producer
Fernando Sulichin
Producer
Ken Kelsch
Screenwriter
Ken Kelsch
Cinematographer
Mayin Lo
Editor
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
Consultant/advisor
Melissa M. Marr
Coordinator
Olivia Pi-Sunyer
Coordinator
Robert Larrea
Sound Mixer
Meredith Jacobson
Casting
Ray Karpicki
Supervising Sound Editor
Ray Karpicki
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
Line Producer
Margot E. Lulick
Unit Production Manager
Mel Zelniker
Re-Recording Mixer
Simone Lageoles
Script Supervisor
Patricia Regan
Makeup
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