Habit (1997)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 14, 1997
DVD Release Date: October 9, 2001
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Keith Phipps
AV Club

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

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

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.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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

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Merle Bertrand
Film Threat

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.

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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times

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

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

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.

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Jeremiah Kipp
Flipside Movie Emporium

If there is any hope for the independent American horror film, it lies in the hands of filmmaker Larry Fessenden.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
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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… More
John Ballantine
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… More