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This well-crafted independent horror film from writer-director Larry Fessenden is one of the better films to emerge from the '90s "revisionist" movement in vampire cinema, which also included Abel Ferrara's The Addiction and Michael Almereyda's Nadja. Fessenden also plays the lead as Sam, a disillusioned part-time bartender in New York's East Village who half-heartedly tries to escape a life of disappointment and failure by immersing himself in alcohol. His woes include the recent death of his
Nov 14, 1997 Limited
Oct 9, 2001
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Another hip vampire drama set in New York's East Village, small budget indie Habit manages to impress with plausible scripting, first-rate performances and an unsettling mood of mounting dread.
Too much time passes before Habit pulls its plot together, and too much of the acting merits the description amateurish.
Larry Fessenden's impressive Habit takes a great deal of pleasure in ambiguously playing around with the vampire tradition.
The movie is done in a flat, realistic tone that is perfectly suited to the material.
Sam's suspicion that Anna is a vampire because she's anorectic, reticent, and only comes out at night prompts his best buddy to observe that Sam resembles a character in a bad movie -- as if the self-reference will deepen the obvious allusions.
Despite its low budget, the assets of Fessenden's film include startlingly rich cinematography and an above-average cast, most of whom have roots in New York's downtown performance scene.
Do we really need yet another vampire movie? Sure, about as much as we needed another movie about that ship that ruined a perfectly good iceberg.
Fessenden's minimalist film is tightly constructed to haunt without terrorizing, playing far deeper on our psyches than surface level horror
The low budget shows, as does the lack of virtually any story to speak of.
It's cinema vérité stapled to a stake and run through your bleeding heart.
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