The Addiction (18)
Date: Friday 27th July
Prices: £14.90 back sofas, £12 front sofas, £10.50 std, £7.50 concs
You might expect the director of Driller Killer and Bad Lieutenant to make an almost unbearably gruesome vampire movie, but his 1995 horror The Addiction – although gory – is more intellectual than insanely violent.
Filmed in black and white, Ferrara casts Lily Taylor as a New York grad student who is bitten by a female bloodsucker named Casanova - but her transition is as much a mental one as a physical one, rotting from the inside and discussing life itself with Christopher Walken’s philosophical vampire.
As usual, New York plays an essential part in Ferrara’s film, a city on the cusp of Rudy Giuliani’s ‘gentrification’ as Taylor’s bedraggled addict uses a syringe to draw blood from a homeless man and shoots it up like heroin. One of Ferrara’s most uncompromising films and a beautifully shot addition to the vampire mythos.