Sunday, October 4, 2009

"Suck It!" Day Four - The Addiction

The Addiction

Today's film from back in the heady days of 1995 very literally - heck, literarily - considers what it means to be a vampire. Lili Taylor is a philosophy grad student at NYU. One night she's approached by a strange woman who bites her neck. Vampireness ensues, she soon starts eschewing the sunlight and thirsting for blood, and if you were annoyed by her philosophical rambling before, you ain't seen nothing yet once she becomes immortal. It's kind of satisfying to see Christopher Walken, as an older vampire who has learned to blend in with the humans, put her so sqaurely in her place.

This isn't really a fun film, and I'd certainly not recommend it if you're fighting sleep, as I was when I first tried to watch it. But it's kind of cool in its own way. It does a great job drawing a parallel between vampirism and drug abuse. Part of the reason Walken's character has so much disdain for our heroine is that she's essentially a washed up druggie (as he must have been long ago). She might think her addiction makes her cool or gives her special knowledge or turns her into a Neitzschean superman, but she's nothing more than a junkie. It's also kind of interesting to see Lili Taylor in a role like this, where she's not so sympathetic.

Other notable actors in this movie - The Sopranos' Edie Falco and Michael Imperioli, as well as Law & Order: Criminal Intent's Kathryn Erbe.

A little taste, quite possibly all the taste you'll want of this, but it's Walken, so that ratchets up the awesome pretty significantly.

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