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  • Actors: Balthazar Getty, Tchéky Karyo, Alice Krige, Kenneth Welsh, Laura Harris
  • Directors: Rene Daalder
  • Writers: Rene Daalder
  • Producers: Rene Daalder, Claude Léger, Denis Wigman, Pieter Kroonenburg, René Malo
  • Format: Color, EP, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Allumination Filmwor
  • VHS Release Date: January 19, 1999
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 157523341X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #846,838 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Sci-fi/Horror. Planet Earth's worst nightmares have come true. When a brilliant but obsessed scientist moves to a new town, his radical biology experiments transform a suburban house in to a terrifying living creature.

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By PR GUY on November 7, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Yep! It's me again. You must think all I do is sit around and watch movies. You're right. In a stressful job this is the best therapy. At work I earn every penny of my salary. At play (home) I indulge in my love for film.

So what did I think of the Science Fiction thriller "Habitat"? It's definitely for Sci Fi folks...only. It is a bizzarre tale of what happens when the ozone layer is destroyed and mankind must shield itself from the microwave effect of sunlight.

So why is it called "Habitat"? An obsessed scientist and his beautiful and sexy wife, create their own environment inside the confines of their home...a vegetation filled fantasyland of plants and flowers that literally ooze with life.

This one plays out like an expanded episode of "The Outer Limits"...but it is definitely "R" rated for the seductive passions of mom and girlfriend. Quite bizzarre. A definite 8 on my 10-scale for Sci Fi. Many people did not like this flick. I was intrigued and thoroughly entertained. A great Friday Night flick...in early November...alone in my own HABITAT. Paul
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jerrod Balzer on April 23, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Okay, here's my theory of why so many people don't like this movie: Perhaps someone hears about the three nude scenes (don't forget the science lady who's clothes get ripped up just right)plus some nice see-through outfits. So they're thinking, Hey! there's no good T&A flicks on Cinemax tonight, so let's go get that movie! They go rent it, and lo and behold, it actually has this really deep story that lays on the science pretty heavily, where you have to be very alert and somewhat intelligent to understand everything the characters are talking about. Well, if you're just watching it for a few nude scenes, then you're going to be really upset and disappointed with the rest of it!
This movie is very well thought out, the special effects are convincing (the house really does give you the creeps), the script is beautifully written,and the actors pull it off splendidly. I love some of the lines in this movie, such as when Clarissa (Alice Krige) tells the bully that comes into the plant-infested house, "Young man, you don't go barging into the animal den. You may end up on the wrong side of the food chain." Another favorite line is "Through the bonds of matrimony, copulation is no longer fornification. It's procreation." These aren't direct quotes-I'm going from memory. Anyway, this is indeed one of those forgotten gems in which a small budget was used to make a great piece of work, much like The Wraith or Sleepwalkers (another with Alice Klige at her best). Give this movie a try when you're in the mood for some serious, yet highly entertaining sci-fi that really makes you think.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on June 28, 2004
Format: DVD
I had a pleasant surprise after seeing the video Habitat. The surprise was that it was quite well done (no pun intended) and rather uplifting. I have since had to add the DVD to my collection.
The Earth's ozone layer has been completely destroyed. People stay indoors and only dare to venture out at night. But one scientist is looking to bring back the greenery, but indoors. Combining fungi and various plants, the scientist hopes to create a new ecosystem. Runaway failures have forced him and his family to be on the run. At his latest location an underground pocket of water causes a disaster in the basement lab and the organisms mutate and spread through the house. The scientist becomes infected with the new organisms and dies (or so it seems).
As the new ecosystem gains more control of the house, it is learned that the scientist is not dead, but has been transformed into an energy-like state. In this state he is able to attack people and make them immune to the sun's burning rays. But eventually the authorities catch up and try to stop the ecosystem. While they manage to destroy quite a bit, they are unsuccessful at stopping this new hope for the world. Man will no longer have to huddle in the dark and rely on artificial foods.
I really enjoyed this one. I was expecting some fun schlock but found higher quality lurking in the cheesy box. The necessity of camera angles and visibility make the sun shades look rather inefficient but all in all quite well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Watson on July 7, 2010
Format: DVD
Habitat was a really bizarre movie indeed but there were some moments that are worth a look for some people: the film's CGI effects were interesting, you also got two attractive women showing off their bodies, Alice Krige and Laura Harris (check out the pond scene in the movie, pretty exotic). The insides of the house when it becomes infested with plants was by the far the special effects of the movie itself, and it was really cool and bizarre. Overall, this movie is fantastic and is worth a look indeed. The only gripe I have is the DVD release. The film's special effects would look fantastic on Blu-Ray. IMDb claims that the movie was shot in HD quality and it partly shows on DVD. Blu-Ray would do this movie justice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernadene whitten on July 10, 2010
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I love the premise of the movie, that the earth is changing s mankind must change too. There will always be those that are scared of change, and what they don't understand they want to destroy. The acting is quite cheesy, the scenery is nicely put together, but overall the effects are well made.

The sound was awful, the music was too loud to hear what the actors were saying, the menu was complicated, unlike anything I have ever seen, there was no control for audio or for subtitles, there was only a main screen and scene selections. I gave this movie a 3 for the terrible audio, but the color and scenery were outstanding.
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