Horrorfest 2021 Presents: Habit (1997, Larry Fessenden)


Habit and The Addiction would make for a good indie movie 1990s vampire in NYC double bill. Habit is more indie movie than The Addiction though, and despite some rough edges it is a really good movie. This works as both a drama and a horror film, depicting a young man’s slide into alcoholism and entering into a corrosive relationship with a mystery young woman. Who may or may not be a vampire, which the movie does hint at midway through.

Sam is dealing with his father’s death and his girlfriend breaking up with him at the same time. He ends up going out with a mysterious woman Anna (Meredith Snaider), who could be evil. Or at least destructive, since she doesn’t curtail his drinking and she keeps bitting him. That’s not normal, is it? Only if you’re in denial I guess.

Even though this isn’t a great movie, Habit still is really good and definitely has it’s share of eerie moments. My favorite part is when Sam and his friend run out into the ocean, cold weather be damned! This movie has a lot of little moments that work and add to the film’s overall aesthetic. Larry Fessenden is actually a really good, natural actor for a director and Snaider gives off some fantastic eerie vibes as well. Sometimes when you meet a strange woman at a party, the wise thing to do is run the other way.

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