Abel Ferrara and writer Nicholas St. John (in what would be one of their last collaborations) explore suffering and redemption in this original and thematically rich Arthouse Horror, It’s basically “Philosophy 101” with Vampires. Lili Taylor gives the best performance of her career as young Philosophy student Kathleen who falls victim to a Vampire Femme fatale on her way home. Christopher Walken also has a fantastic albeit short appearance. The B&W photography works extremely well, pasting together the images on screen with stock footage from massacres and blown up photographs of the Holocaust creating haunting parallels. Add metaphors of drug addiction, rap music and a lot of dark humor to the mix and you have The Addiction.
One of my favorites by Ferrara, a decent DVD release is long overdo. (5/5)