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.
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Kelly Reichardt
as Partygirl on Phone
Tom Hale
as Record Executive on Cellular Phone
Rebecca Moore
as Liza's Friend Susan
as Wolf
as Wolf
Herb Rogers
as Slimma
Michael Buscemi
as Liza's Friend Dave
Eric Vesbit
as Halloween Delivery Man
Derek Davis
as Kid Hurt In Accident
as Wolf
Philip Hartman
as Salad Dressing Patron
Alan Bandit
as Norman in Bridgehampton
Cain Berlinger
as Carrot Man
Jason Christopher Reyes
as Segundo's Son
Helene Weintraub
as Liza's Nosy Neighbor
Lon Waterford
as Mr. Lyons
Hart Fessenden
as Sam's Dad
Dale Cameron
as Sandy in Bridgehampton
Whitney Alexandra McGann
as Kid in Bridgehampton
Jack Dingas
as Harry at the Party
Jeff Sass
as Sound Check Guitarist
Harley Hendrix
as Sound Check Singer
John Margolis
as Second Sound Check Guitarist
Ginny Hack
as What's With That Guy? Patron
Beverly Washington
as Segundo's Wife
Jain V. Alonso
as Segundo's Daughter
John Gaddy
as Departing Tenant at Liza's
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Critic Reviews for Habit

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (6)

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 13, 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… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Habit


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

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Even though habit is in no sense a good film and may will probably bore most, larry Fessenden's talents and the last 15 minutes are quiet satisfying.

ismael rodriquez
ismael rodriquez

(from The Watermark, 05/10/98) A vampire movie that has it all! Well, except for interesting characters, plot, theme, and technical merit. Fessenden is a semi-employed alcoholic who meets a pretty young woman (Snaider) at a Halloween party. The two of them quickly become involved sexually, and as they make love, Snaider always manages to bite Fessenden and draw blood. As Fessenden starts to become ill from being this chick's human water fountain, he starts to wonder if Snaider might be a vampire and not just a good lay with an erotically quirky fetish. Fessenden, who also wrote and directed the film, has made the worst kind of low-budget independent flick: the type that has infinite possibilities, none of which are realized. First of all, why make a vampire film at all, when the subject matter is beyond overdone? What new spin is Fessenden aiming for that we haven't already seen? Couldn't he have used the enabler alcoholic buddies in the film to make a statement on parasitism as related to his friends, his addiction and his romance (hence, the title)? Furthermore, Fessenden sets up many of the long-observed "myths" of vampirism in addition to other thematic possibilities, only to later abandon them. Is Fessenden under the impression that make no statement at all is a contribution to the genre? Fessenden does do better on the visual level by setting the film in dirty hovels and run-down back alleys with a large emphasis on hand-held camerawork and natural lighting. His gritty, seedier side of New York does help make the circumstances seem somewhat plausible. As an actor, Fessenden's performance is commendable, his harsh features fitting right in with his distasteful and unattractive setting. His fellow cast members, though, are clearly inexperienced, and can't do a thing with the uninspiring dialogue he has written for them. As one of the newcomers to watch in the film world, here is hoping that Fessenden comes to realize his next foray will require more emphasis on content and less on presentation. I did like the titles, though. QUEER QUOTIENT: Snaider's beauty is interesting: a cross between k. d. lang and Demi Moore. Very androgynous and I'm sure appealing to lesbian viewers. At one point, she even tries to seduce one of Fessenden's female friends. But, don't get your hopes up: the steamy scenes are all heterosexual, feeding us the old cinematic cliché of woman-bare-naked, man-mostly-covered-up. Oo, that's really going against the mainstream.

David Almeida
David Almeida

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