Habit (1997)




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It's autumn in New York. Sam has broken up with his girlfriend, and his father has recently died. World-weary and sloppy drunk, he finds temporary solace in the arms of Anna, a mysterious woman who draws him away from his friends and into a web of addiction and madness.

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Larry Fessenden
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 9, 2001



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Critic Reviews for Habit

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (7)

This has been a good decade for movies about New York vampires.

Full Review… | October 20, 2009
AV Club
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 20, 2009
Top Critic

Too much time passes before Habit pulls its plot together, and too much of the acting merits the description amateurish.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Larry Fessenden's impressive Habit takes a great deal of pleasure in ambiguously playing around with the vampire tradition.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The movie is done in a flat, realistic tone that is perfectly suited to the material.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Habit


Sam, a functional alcoholic who has just lost his father and his girlfriend, meets a mysterious, beautiful woman at a Halloween party, and finds himself becoming progressively sicker as he gets more and more involved with her. Interesting indie horror/drama that can be occasionally pretentious; it's at it's best when showing us the streets of Lower Manhattan as seen through the eyes of an incerasingly depserate, one step away from the gutter drunkard.

Greg S

Super Reviewer


Fassenden's attempt to do a vampire film is hampered by its small budget which is clearly evident throughout the production. A good low budget director can compensate and make an audience forget that short cuts are being taken. It doesn't happen here.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


Fessenden did a good job as an alcoholic. The movie had potential. It would have been better if they had played more of the possibility of Anna not being real but being a metaphor for heroin.

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