From the FANGORIA Vault: Abel Ferrara’s “THE ADDICTION”


Welcome back, FANGORIA Readers! Today, as I was brushing off the cobwebs and moving the now-gauche skeletons smattered about our vault, I remembered that Drafthouse Films had re-released Abel Ferrara’s MS. 45 this past weekend, and so to commemorate, I ventured to find a few stills from his vampire film, THE ADDICTION.

A graphic and philosophical film that requires a definitive amount of patience, THE ADDICTION is a contemplative allegory comparing the vampiric lifestyle to that of a drug addict, filled with indulgence, victim-blaming, recovery and relapse. The black-and-white picture attracted an excellent cast, including Lili Taylor, Christopher Walken, Michael Imperioli, Annabella Sciorra, Edie Falco and Paul Calderon, and followed Ferrara’s departure from studio filmmaking (after his unpleasant experience on BODY SNATCHERS).

The film was released alongside his crime film, THE FUNERAL, by October Films, and still is regarded as one of the most experimental vampire films to receive mainstream and critical recognition. You can check out these rare behind the scenes photos from the film below, and don’t be afraid to let us know your favorite offbeat vampire oddities as well!

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Ken W. Hanley
Ken W. Hanley is the Managing Web Editor for FANGORIA and STARLOG, as well as the former Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine and a contributing writer to YouWonCannes.com. He’s a graduate from Montclair State University, where he received an award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He’s currently working on screenplays, his debut novel "THE I IN EVIL", and various other projects, and can be followed on Twitter: @movieguyiguess.
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