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When Sam meets Anna, his alcoholic delusions lead him to believe she is a vampire. His dilemma becomes a struggle with sanity, truth and fiction, all the while straining his relationships with friends and family.
New York indie filmmaker Larry Fessenden wrote, directed, and stars in this 1997 tale of urban vampirism overlooked in the wake of two similar productions, Michael Almereyda's Nadja and Abel Ferrara's The Addiction. Less precious then the former and less pretentious than the latter, Habit is a modest, intelligent study of loneliness, addiction, and urban alienation. Fessenden stars as alcoholic hero Sam, a shabby, shaggy guy in a dead-end job who falls madly in love with a mysterious young woman (Meredith Snaider). She'll only see him at night, draws blood during ferocious, animalistic sexual encounters, and has a strange habit of disappearing, but when he suspects she's more than she appears, his life turns from romantic idyll to sinister nightmare. Fessenden makes an oddly charming lead with his crooked, broken-toothed smile and distracted demeanor, and Snaider is appropriately cryptic as she blows in and out of his life with nary an explanation. Shot in the streets of New York in a style that recalls John Cassavetes (a hero of Fessenden's), the picture periodically loses itself in side stories and long conversations, and Fessenden doesn't quite have the resources to make the jump from naturalism to supernatural. But at their best his low-budget special effects take on an eerie beauty, turning this indie bloodsucker into a compelling paranoid psychodrama. The DVD also features a making-of featurette directed and narrated by Fessenden. --Sean Axmaker
If you are, like myself, a fan of vampire films, then do yourself a favor and view this intelligent, moody and esoteric cinematic creation by director/actor Larry Fessenden. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Gerti Kopes
I first saw this film on a Friday night on the IFC channel, a Double feature they used to show late night Fridays-Early morning Saturdays called "Grindhouse" This movie... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Manster
I've seen a lot of vampire movies and while this was clearly made on almost no budget, it's similar to "Let the Right One in" in its' realistic take on vampirism. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Spencer Kimball
I really enjoyed the movie Habit. I had been looking for this movie for a long time.It is a great addition to my collection.Published on April 4, 2013 by jwfan
Always loved this movie, one of my favorites. I first saw this movie on Halloween and still enjoy watching it.Published on March 24, 2013 by WENDELL MCCLURE
Put's a different twist on things . Quite erotic as well , an important element for any good vampire flick. Gritty , and well worth a watch for sure .Published on October 29, 2011 by Mr. William G. Collins Jr.