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    Default Of Heroin Addiction and Vampirism: if you never saw this movie...

    Ok, so I'm quite a fan of a movie titled "The Addiction", from 1995 shot in black and white by Abel Ferrara, starring Christopher Walken.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112288/

    "A New York anthropology grad student turns into a vampire after getting bitten by one, and then tries to come to terms with her new lifestyle and frequent craving for human blood. "

    So the whole idea behind this movie is to portray Vampires in NewYorks as Heroin Addicts. They try to "score", they actually SHOT the blood with needles, etc... Walken is really cool in it, and it has this gloomy feeling, still not horror but really street/junky type. At one point, Walken portraying an elderly vampire is telling a younger one to read William Burroughs in order to understand what vampires are about.

    Here how it looks like:



    So now, for the thread.
    Have you never felt like, as an heroin junkie, being a vampire ? I mean, the whole thing about living this wierd life, no sleep, awake at night asleep all day long, going througt shady places HORRIFIC stuff for your fix; The blood n needle thing but also this feeling that we know best here: the community

    As vampires wd recognize themselves I guess, I can spot another addict in a subway or in the streets, and we almost have our own language, eye contact, ways of knowing what the other one is feeling ?
    Also while high, you sometimes feel this rush, like magic or something, like now everything is possible, and only YOU know those esoterics secrets of pleasure...
    And I'd add the relation with death and deceased ones...

    Ok now back to my coffin

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    Default Re: Of Heroin Addiction and Vampirism: if you never saw this movie...

    seems interesting enough
    surprised I've never heard of it, especially with Walken in it
    I'll check it out soon, thanks

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    Default Re: Of Heroin Addiction and Vampirism: if you never saw this movie...

    Yeah,it's a pretty good modern take on Vampirism and Ferrera doesn't make many bad movies.

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    httX://veehd.com/video/4533498_The-Addiction-1995

    I'm just watching it now..

    still on the opening credits, but it's there for anyone else that wants to watch it (just replace the X with a p)
    all day

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    Default Re: Of Heroin Addiction and Vampirism: if you never saw this movie...

    Liked it ? You have the Vampire feelin" too ?
    As for the metaphor, I'll add the "initiation" too... When you make a fix to someone who never used, It's like the first bite..

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    Gonna watch this NOW. Always loved Bad Lt. and Ms. 45 and this seems even more "in my vein".
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    Thank you for the streaming link!
    If I remember it correctly, there's a wonderfull party/orgy scene near the end (not a spoiler)...

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    Default Re: Of Heroin Addiction and Vampirism: if you never saw this movie...

    I'm glad I am not the first to make the junky/vampire symbolism connection. Vampires just look like junkies all pale and emaciated
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    Default Re: Of Heroin Addiction and Vampirism: if you never saw this movie...

    Makes sense to me-I always thought that Anne Rice's genius in "Interview" and the other books in the series was making vampires sexy and describing the act in a very sexual way, it's even less of a stretch to see vampires as junkies. I will check it out.

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    Default Re: Of Heroin Addiction and Vampirism: if you never saw this movie...

    Quote Originally Posted by Count Zero View Post
    Makes sense to me-I always thought that Anne Rice's genius in "Interview" and the other books in the series was making vampires sexy and describing the act in a very sexual way, it's even less of a stretch to see vampires as junkies. I will check it out.
    Is it just me, or do Anne Rice's books just seem like thinly veiled gay erotica?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pullmyhair View Post
    Is it just me, or do Anne Rice's books just seem like thinly veiled gay erotica?
    I wouldn't know.I find them too painful to read.
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