Monsters: Habitat starts as 23 year old woman Jamie Neal (Lily Taylor) signs a mysterious contract, a contract that states she will spend the next nine months in a single room being observed. However after a very short space of time Jamie wants out, the loneliness of her confinement & having her freedom taken away has become too much to bear. Unfortunately her mysterious captor won't go back on the contract so easily...
Episode thirteen from season two of Monsters this originally aired in the US during January 1990, directed by Bette Gordon I am not really too sure what the makers were intending here. The story about a woman losing her sanity after being confined to a single location doesn't really go anywhere expect fro a silly twist ending in which her captor's turn out to be aliens conducting some sort of experiment. There's little horror here, not much variety & I am not sure anyone would agree to spend nine months in a single room for someone they have never either heard or seen before. The only thing that I can think of is that the makers were on a morality trip here trying to make a meaningful statement about liberty, freedom, the ability to see a sun rise every morning & that it shouldn't be taken for granted but overall Habitat isn't very good whichever you analyse it in my opinion.
Habitat only features one actress & she does OK on her own & carries the episode competently enough but the ending is spoilt by quite simply two of the most ridiculous looking aliens ever seen. You though the alien from Glim-Glim (1989) from season one looked daft, well you ain't seen nothing yet with these two beauties. There's no real horror here, sure there's supposed to be psychological horror rather than physical horror but it doesn't really work, I mean keeping a woman in a room with a jigsaw puzzle & making annoying alarms go off just isn't that interesting or effective.
Habitat isn't the worst episode of Monsters out there but it's far from the best either, at only twenty odd minutes it's short & those ridiculous looking aliens at the end are worth a few unintentional laughs if nothing else.
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