Movie Log 2021


Time for more film viewing…again!

January:

The Master, il compianto Philip Seymour Hoffman in versione guru – Tvzap

1. The Furies (1950, Mann)-90, Hulu
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2. The Sisters Brothers (2018, Audiard)-86, Hulu
3. Batman: The Killing Joke (2016, Liu)-60, Netflix Instant Viewing
4. Mank (2020, Fincher)-83, Netflix Instant Viewing
5. Five Element Ninjas (1982, Chang)-93, Netflix Instant Viewing
6. Extraction (2020, Hargrave)-73, Netflix Instant Viewing
7. Cairo Station (1958, Chahine)-91, Netflix Instant Viewing
8. I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020, Kaufman)-85, Netflix Instant Viewing
9. The Master (2012, Anderson)-100, Netflix Instant Viewing
10. The Flying Guillotine (1975, Ho)-85, Netflix Instant Viewing
11. Flying Guillotine 2 (1978, Hua, Cheng)-83, Netflix Instant Viewing
12. Sabotage (1936, Hitchcock)-87, Tubi
13. The Three Ages (1923, Keaton, Cline)-80, Tubi
14. House of Games (1987, Mamet)-100, Tubi
15. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011, Fincher)-100, Netflix Instant Viewing
16. I Am Not Your Negro (2016, Peck)-100, Netflix Instant Viewing
17. Passenger 57 (1992, Hooks)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
18. Lockout (2011, Mather, St. Leger)-67, Netflix Instant Viewing
19. Midnight Special (2016, Nichols)-93, Netflix Instant Viewing
20. American Assassin (2017, Cuesta)-51, Netflix Instant Viewing
21. Kill The Messenger (2014, Cuesta)-87, Netflix Instant Viewing
22. A Bridge Too Far (1977, Attenborough)-88, Netflix Instant Viewing
23. Rawhead Rex (1986, Pavlou)-68, Shudder

February:

24. The Grandmaster (2013, Wong)-88, Netflix Instant Viewing American Cut
25. Return to the 36th Chamber(1980, Kar-leung)-75, Netflix Instant Viewing
26. Psych: The Movie (2017, Franks)-80, Peacock
27. The Flesh and the Fiends (1960, Gilling)-77, Shudder
28. The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020, Sorkin)-89, Netflix Instant Viewing
29. Rango (2011, Verbinski)-85, Netflix Instant Viewing
30. The Muppets (2011, Bobin)-93, Netflix Instant Viewing
31. Psych 2: Lassie Come Home (2020, Franks)-86, Peacock
32. Shock Waves (1977, Wiederhorn)-73, Tubi
33. Twice Dead (1988, Dragin)-35, Tubi
34. Oh, Susanna! (1936, Kane)-65, Tubi
35. Antonio das Mortes (1969, Rocha)-94, YouTube
36. Spotlight (2015, McCarthy)-96, Netflix Instant Viewing
37. Machete Kills (2013, Rodriguez)-45, Netflix Instant Viewing
38. Secret In Their Eyes (2015, Ray)-54, Netflix Instant Viewing
39. Southern Comfort (1981, Hill)-93, Tubi
40. Devil in a Blue Dress (1995, Franklin)-88, Tubi

March:

41. One-Eyed Jacks (1961, Brando)-95, Criterion Blu-ray
42. Broken Arrow (1950, Daves)-80, Tubi
43. Willow (1988, Howard)-83, Disney+
44. Psychomania (1973, Sharp)-80, Shudder
45. Runaway Train (1985, Konchalovskiy)-91, Tubi
46. Warlock (1989, Miner)-75, Tubi
47. The Last Seduction (1994, Dahl)-95, Tubi
48. Werewolf (1996, Zarindast)-0/MST3K score: 95, Tubi
49. Cocaine Cowboys (2006, Corben)-94, Tubi
50. The Baby (1973, Post)-65, Shudder
51. Wild Bill (1995, Hill)-73, Tubi
52. Destroyer (2018, Kusama)-90, Hulu
53. If Beale Street Could Talk (2018, Jenkins)-92, Hulu
54. The Invincible Armour (1977, Ng)-85, Tubi
55. Weird Science (1985, Hughes)-90, Arrow Videos Blu-ray
56. Hard Target (1993, Woo)-80, Tubi
57. Lucky Number Slevin (2006, McGuigan)-75, Tubi
58. The Apartment (1960, Wilder)-97, Tubi
59. White Zombie (1932, Halperin)-83, Shudder
60. Asylum (1972, Baker)-75, Shudder

April:

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61. And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973, Baker)-70, Shudder
62. The Beast Must Die (1974, Annett)-76, Shudder
63. Crank: High Voltage (2009, Neveldine, Taylor)-87, Tubi
64. Smooth Talk (1985, Chopra)-91, Criterion Blu-ray
65. Sword of the Beast (1965, Gosha)-93, Criterion Public Library DVD
66. Samurai Rebellion (1967, Kobayashi)-93, Criterion Public Library DVD
67. The Cocoanuts (1929, Florey and Santley)-85, Barnes & Noble DVD
68. Accepted (2006, Pink)-75, Netflix Instant Viewing
69. Hour of the Gun (1967, Sturges)-87, Tubi
70. Airport (1970, Seaton)-71, Tubi
71. Airport 1975 (1974, Smight)-68, Tubi
72. Airport ’77 (1977, Jameson)-71, Tubi
73. The Concorde…Airport ’79 (1979, Rich)-29, Tubi
74. A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (1982, Allen)-85, Tubi
75. Godzilla vs Kong (2021, Wingard)-93, Theater!
76. Mother’s Day (1980, Kaufman)-55, Shudder
77. Class of 1984 (1982, Lester)-90, Shudder
78. Suddenly (1954, Allen)-84, Tubi

May:

Lou Castel in A Bullet for the General (1966)

79. Next of Kin (1982, Williams)-81, Shudder
80. The Hudsucker Proxy (1994, Coen Brothers)-91, Tubi
81. Varan the Unbelievable (1962, Baerwitz)-60, DVD
82. The Big Red One (1980, Fuller)-95, Public Library DVD
83. Audition (1999, Miike)-94, Shudder
84. The Wind (1986, Mastorakis)-80, Arrow Video Blu-ray
85. Stormy Monday (1988, Figgis)-94, Arrow Video Blu-ray
86. Sabata (1970, Kramer)-86, Tubi
87. Into The Night (1985, Landis)-67, Tubi
88. Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1986, Hamilton)-81, Tubi
89. Maniac Cop 2 (1990, Lustig)-85, Shudder
90. Apache (1954, Aldrich)-69, Tubi
91. Vera Cruz (1954, Aldrich)-92, Tubi
92. A Bullet for the General (1966, Damiani)-97, Tubi
93. 13 Ghosts (1960, Castle)-78, Shudder
94. The Avengers (1998, Chechik)-20, Tubi
95. College (1927, Keaton and Horne)-78, Tubi
96. The Bellboy (1960, Lewis)-80, Hulu
97. Fried Barry (2020, Kruger)-74, Shudder
98. Train To Busan (2016, Yeon)-97, Shudder
99. Spookies (1986, Joseph, Doran, Faulkner)-53, Shudder
100. Frantic (1988, Polanski)-90, Tubi

June:

101. Things (1989, Jordan)-1, Shudder
102. Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence (1993, Lustig, Soisson)-56, Shudder
103. Inherent Vice (2014, Anderson)-90, Tubi
104. A Quiet Place Part 2 (2021, Krasinski)-90, Theater Viewing
105. The Return of Godzilla (1984, Hashimoto)-85, Internet
106. The Day of the Beast (1995, de la Iglesia)-92, Shudder
107. Sledgehammer (1983, Prior)-67, Shudder
108. Evilspeak (1981, Weston)-80, Shudder
109. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965, Meyer)-93, YouTube
110. Miami Blues (1990, Armitage)-90, Tubi
111. Burn, Witch, Burn aka Night of the Eagle (1962, Hayers)-86, Shudder
112. Willy’s Wonderland (2021, Lewis)-85, Hulu
113. The Sparks Brothers (2021, Wright)-95, Theater Viewing
114. The Missouri Breaks (1976, Penn)-90, Tubi
115. Marty (1955, Mann)-93, Tubi

July:

116. The Amusement Park (1972, Romero)-85, Shudder
117. He Walked By Night (1948, Werker)-90, Tubi
118. Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972, Martino)-90, Arrow Video Blu-ray
119. Crimes of Passion (1984, Russell)-80, Arrow Video Blu-ray DC
120. Vamp (1986, Wenk)-78, Arrow Video Blu-ray
121. Perdita Durango (1997, de la Iglesia)-82, Shudder
122. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971, Altman)-100, Criterion DVD
123. Lady Snowblood (1973, Fujita)-95, Criterion DVD
124. Black Widow (2021, Shortland)-88, Theater Viewing
125. Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance (1974, Fujita)-80, Criterion DVD
126. Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th (2013, Farrands)-91, Shudder
127. Vampyres (1975, Larraz)-60, Shudder
128. Patrick (1978, Franklin)-82, Shudder
129. Child’s Play 2 (1990, Lafia)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
130. Prevenge (2016, Lowe)-84, Shudder
131. Night Tide (1961, Harrington)-87, Shudder
132. The Queen of Black Magic (1979, Sudjio)-91, Shudder
133. Here Comes Hell (2019, McHenry)-65, Shudder
134. Wargames (1983, Badham)-89, Tubi
135. Cowboy (1958, Daves)-86, Tubi
136. Frankenhooker (1990, Henenlotter)-85, Shudder
137. Def By Temptation (1990, Bond III)-91, Shudder
138. Stay Tuned (1992, Hyams)-80, Tubi

August:

139. Last Man Standing (1996, Hill)-76, Tubi
140. Black Roses (1988, Fasano)-60, Shudder
141. Death Ship (1980, Rakoff)-65, Shudder
142. Don’t Panic (1989, Galindo Jr.)-80, Shudder
143. The Whistler (2019, Stang)-75, Shudder
144. Tigers Are Not Afraid (2019, López)-91, Shudder
145. The Green Knight (2021, Lowery)-95, Theater Viewing
146. Muppet Treasure Island (1996, Henson)-85, Disney+
147. Bill and Ted Face The Music (2020, Parisot)-86, Hulu
148. Brokeback Mountain (2005, Lee)-100, Peacock TV
149. The Suicide Squad (2021, Gunn)-91, Theater Viewing
150. Kentucky Fried Movie (1977, Landis)-70, Tubi
151. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (2003, Ki-duk)-99, Tubi
152. Turkey Shoot (1982, Trenchard-Smith)-84, Shudder
153. Dave Made a Maze (2017, Watterson)-82, Shudder
154. Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981, Asher)-75, Shudder
155. White of the Eye (1988, Cammell)-69, Shudder
156. Lisa and the Devil (1973, Bava)-80, Shudder
157. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020, Jenkins)-85, RedBox
158. Shock (1977, Bava)-73, Shudder
159. Messiah of Evil (1973, Huyck and Katz)-87, Shudder
160. Cruella (2021, Gillespie)-82, Disney+
161. Straw Dogs (1971, Peckinpah)-95, Criterion Blu-ray

September:

162. Vicious Fun (2020, Calahan)-90, Shudder
163. Mortuary (1983, Avedis)-36, Shudder
164. Hellmaster (1992, Schulze)-45, Shudder
165. The Dead Pit (1989, Leonard)-85, Shudder
166. VFW (2020, Begos)-90, Shudder
167. The Pale Door (2020, Koontz)-71, Shudder
168. Chillerama (2011, Rifkin, Sullivan, Green, Lynch)-73, Tubi
169. Mohawk (2017, Geoghegan)-80, Shudder
170. Dark Star (1974, Carpenter)-75, Tubi
171. The Brain Eaters (1958, VeSota)-79, Tubi
172. Death Curse of Tartu (1966, Grefé)-74, Tubi
173. Sting of Death (1966, Grefé)-77, Tubi
174. Blood Quantum (2019, Barnaby)-70, Shudder
175. I Bury the Living (1958, Band)-88, Tubi
176. Candyman (2021, DaCosta)-94, Theater Viewing
177. Head Count (2019, Callahan)-77, Shudder
178. Found Footage 3D (2016, DeGennaro)-70, Shudder
179. The Color Out of Space (2020, Stanley)-88, Shudder
180. Shakma (1990, Logan, Parks)-65, Shudder
181. Copshop (2021, Carnahan)-85, Theater Viewing
182. Malignant (2021, Wan)-93, Theater Viewing

October:

183. The Church (1989, Soavi)-40, Tubi
184. Blood (1973, Milligan)-60, Tubi
185. Cannibal Ferox (1981, Lenzi)-35, Shudder
186. Sorority House Massacre (1986, Frank)-70, Shudder
187. Pledge Night (1990, Ziller)-10, Shudder
188. WNUF Halloween Special (2013, LaMartina, Branscome, Jones, Maccubbin, Martin, Menter, Schoeb)-78, Shudder
189. Vampires vs. the Bronx (2020, Rodriguez)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
190. No Time To Die (2021, Fukunaga)-90, Theater Viewing
191. One Dark Night (1983, McLoughlin)-79, Tubi
192. Doom Asylum (1987, Friedman)-77, Tubi
193. Hannah, Queen of the Vampires (1973, Salvador, Danton)-80, Tubi
194. Death By Invitation (1971, Friedman)-51, Tubi
195. Two Thousand Maniacs (1964, Lewis)-85, Tubi
196. Frankenstein’s Castle of Freaks (1974, Randall)-40, Tubi
197. The Convent (2000, Mendez)-82, Tubi
198. Demonia (1990, Fulci)-40, Tubi
199. PG: Psycho Goreman (2020, Kostanski)-90, Shudder
200. The Descent (2005, Marshall)-75, Tubi
201. Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman (2000, Cooney)-20, Crackle/Tubi
202. The Last Duel (2021, Scott)-83, Theater Viewing
203. Habit (1997, Fessenden)-87, Shudder
204. Halloween Kills (2021, Green)-82, Theater Viewing
205. Rituals (1977, Carter)-70, Shudder
206. Just Before Dawn (1981, Lieberman)-82, Shudder
207. The House That Screamed (1969, Serrador)-82, Shudder

November:

208. Last Night In Soho (2021, Wright)-95, Theater Viewing
209. V/H/S/94 (2021, Tjahjanto, Barrett)-84, Shudder
210. Wait Until Dark (1967, Young)-94, Shudder
211. Alien Resurrection (1997, Jeunet)-53, Tubi
212. Whiskey Mountain (1977, Grefé)-74, Tubi
213. Live By Night (2016, Affleck)-83, Netflix Instant Viewing
214. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021, Cretton)-90, Disney+
215. The Neverending Story (1984, Petersen)-70, YouTube
216. Let the Corpses Tan (2017, Cattet, Forzani)-80, Shudder
217. El Topo (1970, Jodorowsky)-96, Public Library
218. Fatal Instinct (1993, Reiner)-64, Tubi
219. Meatballs (1979, Reitman)-77, Barnes & Noble DVD
220. The Holiday (2006, Meyers)-60, Netflix Instant Viewing
221. The Long Riders (1980, Hill)-86, Tubi
222. The Velvet Vampire (1971, Rothman)-77, Shudder
223. Mill of the Stone Women (1960, Ferroni)-60, Shudder

December:

224. Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021, Sono), Shudder-65
225. Turbo Kid (2015, Simard, Whissell, Whissell)-91, Shudder
226. Beyond the Door (1975, Hellman)-60, Shudder
227. The Ice Harvest (2005, Ramis)-73, Tubi
228. Le Pacte des loups aka Brotherhood of the Wolf DC (2001, Gans)-90, Shudder
229. Mulholland Falls (1996, Tamahori)-80, Tubi
230. The Shadow (1994, Mulcahy)-73, Tubi
231. Thunder Road (1958, Ripley)-83, Tubi
232. Hunger (2008, McQueen)-98, Plex
233. Devil Times Five (1974, MacGregor)-50, Shudder
234. Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out! (1989, Hellman)-65, Shudder
235. Ice Cream Man (1995, Norman)-80, Shudder
236. Gator Bait (1974, The Sebastians)-46, Shudder
237. Black Moon Rising (1986, Cokeliss)-80, Tubi
238. West Side Story (2021, Spielberg)-81, Movie Theater Viewing
239. Man Of The West (1958, Mann)-92, Tubi
240. The Hitch-Hiker (1953, Lupino)-80, Tubi
241. Farewell My Lovely (1975, Richards)-93, Tubi
242. The Big Sleep (1978, Winner)-77, Tubi
243. Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation (1990, Yuzna)-25, Shudder
244. All a Good Night (1980, Hess)-30, Shudder
245. The Darkest Hour (2011, Gorak)-45, Netflix Instant Viewing
246. Screams of a Winter Night (1979, Wilson)-77, Shudder
247. Ace In The Hole (1951, Wilder)-98, Criterion Blu-ray
248. The Power of the Dog (2021, Campion)-85, Netflix Instant Viewing
249. Angel (1984, O’Neill)-83, Shudder
250. There Will Be Blood (2007, Anderson)-95, Netflix Instant Viewing

Horrorfest 2020 Presents: Edge of the Axe (1988, José Ramón Larraz)


Edge of the Axe works best when it is brutal and unflinching, showing bloody and horrific murders onscreen. I did not care much for the final act, even though the closing shot is neat. However I rather liked this movie even if I feel certain aspects didn’t work for me. Also that opener is both shocking and well done, making one paranoid about being in a car wash. I guess even in one’s vehicle you are not safe. The killer’s mask is a fine inhuman, freaky touch indeed.

The Arrow Video transfer looks great of course, and I am reminded of why I upgraded to Blu-ray about four years ago. I like that the Spanish decided to create in the 1980s their own slasher movie, and they did the genre justice. My favorite part is when a woman makes the mistake of reaching for shotgun shells and pays dearly. Check this out even though it may be a tad dated. Also hey I can’t think of any other slasher films that depend on computers this much. That’s a fairly original touch.

Horrorfest 2020 Presents: Blood Tide (1982, Richard Jefferies)


A movie called Blood Tide doesn’t have to do much to win me over or get me to see it. The title is cool enough, plus this is one of those lost 1980s movies that bombed. The fact that it almost became public domain is depressing and I thank Arrow Video for them releasing it on a nice restored Blu-ray that has bonus features. It helps that the movie is a pretty good Jaws in the Greek islands type movie with a really good cast.

Legendary actor James Earl Jones chews scenery, dives for treasure, quotes Shakespeare and has a beach bunny for a girlfriend. Naturally he awakens this ancient evil sea monster that of course the locals fed virgins to centuries ago. Deborah Shelton steals the movie as a haunted woman living with nuns who makes the mistake of uncovering her destiny, or so she thinks. José Ferrer is the local mayor who knows way more than he’s telling, of course. Martin Kove of Karate Kid fame is Shelton’s sister and Mary Louise Weller is his wife, both who go looking for her.

The monster effects are solid enough yet it is the gorgeous scenery shots that are truly captivating. Also the score is quite good in that 1980s way, done by Shuki Levy and Jerry Mosely. Unfortunately I can’t find it anywhere so that sucks as I would love to share the opening theme. This is one of those cheesy movies that I fully embrace simply because it is my kind of cheesy movie. Oh and I’m probably going to watch it again.

Knife In The Back: Horrorfest 2020


Well it is that time of the year again. I think a bit more Tubi than Shudder will be used this time. Perhaps even a dash of Netflix. Also all reviews will be actually linked in the titles since I figured out that looks better. Gonna try to keep up this time with the reviews for a change.

This concludes Horrorfest 2020. I think it went insanely well all things considered despite wifi issues and a pandemic, and I may have overdone it a bit. On to next year!

August:


1. Lady Frankenstein (1971, Female this time!), Tubi

2. Let Me In (2010, Vampires), Tubi

3. Slaughter High (1986, Slasher), Tubi

4. Mausoleum (1983, Demonic), Shudder

5. The Devil’s Rain (1975, Ernest Borgnine Satanic Revenge!), Tubi

6. Sweet Sixteen (1983, Dead Kids), Tubi

7. Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (2002, Duh), Tubi

8. Bad Channels (1992, Horny Killer Alien), Tubi

9. The Pit & the Pendulum (1991, THE SPANISH INQUISITION!), Tubi

10. Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995, Tony Todd with a hook), Tubi

September:

11. Intruder (1989, Retail is Murder!), Tubi

12. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992, Him again?), Shudder

13. Maniac Cop (1988. Cop Slasher), Shudder

14. Subspecies (1991, THE BLOODSTONE!), Tubi

15. The House That Dripped Blood (1971, Spooky Tales), Tubi

16. Trick or Treats (1982, Never babysit on Halloween), Tubi

17. The Car (1977, Demon on wheels), Netflix Instant Viewing

18. Fade To Black (1980, Movies Make People Crazy), Shudder

19. American Gothic (1988, Psycho Family), Public Library Blu-ray

20. Squrim (1976, Killer Worms!), Shudder/Tubi

21. Jack’s Back (1988, The Ripper!), Tubi

22. The Amityville Horror (1979, GET OUT!), Public Library Blu-ray

23. The Invisible Man (2020, Never marry a mad scientist), Public Library Blu-ray

24. The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971, Giallo!), Shudder

October:

25. Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966, Giant Lobster!), Criterion Blu-ray

26. Son of Godzilla (1967, Godzilla’s Kid), Criterion Blu-ray

27. The Living Dead Girl (1982, Hungry for Blood!), Tubi

28. Moon of the Wolf (1972, Werewolf!), Tubi

29. Deadly Blessing (1981, INCUBUS!), Public Library DVD

30. Ghosthouse (1988, EVIL DOLL), Tubi

31. The Sadist (1963, Archie Hall is nuts), Tubi

32. The Masque of the Red Death (1964, Plague!), Shudder

33. The Tomb of Ligeia (1965, That Darn Cat), Shudder

34. Doctor Sleep (2019, Shine On), Public Library

35. Scare Me (2020, Storytellers!), Shudder

36. The College Girl Murders (1967, Acid to the Face), Tubi

37. Baron Blood (1972, Undead evil Baron guy), Tubi

38. Don’t Breathe (2016, Be careful who you rob), Public Library

39. Bell, Book and Candle (1958, Love spells), Pluto TV

40. Waxwork (1988, Creepy Wax People), Tubi TV

41. Blood Diner (1987, Sheetar!), Hulu

42. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978, Tomato or Tomatoe?), Tubi

43. Fear (1996, Marky Mark is cray crazy), Public Library DVD

44. Hack-O-Lantern (1988, The blood is the power), Shudder

45. Victor Crowley (2017, Big angry hillbilly), Shudder

46. Firestarter (1984, psychic powers!), Public Library

47. Creature (1985, Alien Monster!), Tubi

48. Haunt (2019, Haunted House Evil), Shudder

49. Blood Tide (1982, Sea Monster!), Arrow Video Blu-ray

50. Edge of the Axe (1988, Brutal), Arrow Video Blu-ray

51. Ringu (1998, Seven Days), Shudder

52. Ju-On (2002, Creepy Dead Kids), Tubi

Horrorfest 2018 Presents: The Addiction (1995, Abel Ferrara)


Getting bitten by a vampire can really turn your life upside down, as Lili Taylor finds out in The Addiction. While Abel Ferrara obviously focuses on drug addiction (two scenes involve needles) yet the film’s strongest aspect is it channeling of different philosphy views. Taylor’s Kathleen Conklin is a philosphy student, after all, and so The Addiction also focuses on her using her beliefs and thoughts while dealing with the effects of becoming a vampire. All shot in stark black and white, a throwback to the old days of horror, a choice that gives the film an eeire, almost dreamlike quality. I wondered how much the slightly better, also great Only Lovers Left Alive was inspired by The Addiction. They would make for a radical double bill.

Especially since both focus mostly on the problems of being a vampire, while not being all that creepy or scary. Life does not stop when you are undead, as Kathleen and the others she infects find out. Also being addicted to blood, like any other drug, causes major problems. The scenes with Christopher Walken are interesting, since Walken is a vampire able to control his habbit, a functioning addict. He urges her to read Naked Lunch, and then I recall that I have yet to read my copy, and I should. I have luckily avoided drugs, although I do enjoy beer more often than I should.

At times The Addiction felt smarter than it actually is, so maybe it reflects philosphy students in that regard. I related more to Kathleen’s friend and fellow student Jean, played by a pre-The Sopranos Edie Falco, who worries about Kathleen all too late and fails to run for the hills when its really apparent something is wrong with her. Still this is a unique and fascinating take on the vampire curse, and I prefer it to some of the other vampire movies I have seen over the years. Plus it spotlights 1990s New York City, a city I am not sure I will ever get to visit. For now cinema gets me close enough.

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