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Habitat (1997)

 -  Sci-Fi | Fantasy  -  19 April 1997 (USA)
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In a future world where Earth's ozone layer has been completely destroyed, a brilliant but obsessed scientist, Hank Symes uses illegally obtained biological materials for an experiment that... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andreas Symes
Hank Symes
Clarissa Symes
Coach Marlowe
Deborah Marlowe
Eric Thornton (as Chris Heyerdahl)
Daryl (as Kris Holdenried)
Daniel Pilon ...
Lynne Adams ...
Tara Fisher
Susan Almgren ...
Ellen Bark (as Suzie Almgren)
Amanda Blitz ...
Soldier #2
Daniel Gautier ...
Soldier #3 (as Daniel Gauthier)
Terri Hanauer ...
Myra Johnson


In a future world where Earth's ozone layer has been completely destroyed, a brilliant but obsessed scientist, Hank Symes uses illegally obtained biological materials for an experiment that he hopes will save the world. In the course of his work, a terrible accident occurs, transforming him into a fantastic otherworldly lifeform and changing his house into a huge living entity which threatens all who enter. Written by Patrick D. Rockwell <>

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Sci-Fi | Fantasy

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Rated R for sexuality, language and some violence/gore | See all certifications »





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19 April 1997 (USA)  »

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(Cinémathèque Québécoise print) |

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1.78 : 1
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This is the only theatrical movie filmed in Sony's early analog High Definition format. Sony donated the equipment and technical support in an attempt to popularize the format. The High Definition video was then transferred to film for release. See more »


Hank Symes: I swim with the plants and frolic with the sperm.
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Written by Martin Blasick
Produced by Martin Blasick
Performed by Velvet
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Interesting story with promise.
28 August 2000 | by (Woodbridge, VA) – See all my reviews

Decent ecological sci-fi film that tells the story of an Earth reduced to a barren wasteland, and a scientist that decides to change all that. An experiment with bacteria, algae, electricity and who knows what else, claims the life of the scientist, but then his family begin to notice their home slowly turning into a rain forest. The teenage son plays his role well, embarrassed by his flower child mother, and his stand off-ish father, he just wants to fit in. But despite being the target of his peers' ridicule, he manages to land the affections of one of the prettiest girls in school. If only that skinny dipping scene could've happen to me in high school! Anyway, as the house keeps growing, the son slowly develops certain powers that allow him to stand up to his oppressors.

Habitat has a good story, but seems to have run short on special effects funds with 25% of the movie left to film. Some of the interior shots of the growing house are both beautiful and grotesque, but then we end up with strange scenes like a certain explosion at the end, that looks like they rigged a train set model with firecrackers, lightly covered it with moss, and let it blow.

Another one in the "detach your brain before watching" genre. I like movies like this. There's so much seriousness in our day to day lives, that when I have the time to watch a movie like Habitat, I like to just sit back, and absorb it. Much like the house did to certain antagonists in this film.

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