The Addiction


Why isn't this better-known? A dual release with Abel Ferrara's more-marketable gangster flick The Funeral back in 1997 forced it into the shadows, but that's precisely where the director's New York-set B&W vampire pic should thrive.

More about dominance than bloodshed, The Addiction is far from a lazy AIDS metaphor, drawing on film noir as much as Nosferatu myths to shape a dreamy, compelling and entirely fangs-free morality tale. Cameos from Christopher Walken and Annabella Sciorra add value, but the film belongs to Lili Taylor as the student morphing into a dead-eyed creature of the night.

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