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Habit (1995)

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 ... See full summary »


Larry Fessenden


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Credited cast:
Larry Fessenden ... Sam
Meredith Snaider Meredith Snaider ... Anna
Aaron Beall Aaron Beall ... Nick
Patricia Coleman Patricia Coleman ... Rae
Heather Woodbury Heather Woodbury ... Liza
Jesse Hartman Jesse Hartman ... Lenny
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Bandit Alan Bandit ... Norman in Bridgehampton
Cain Berlinger Cain Berlinger ... Carrot Man
Michael Buscemi ... Liza's Friend Dave
Dale Cameron Dale Cameron ... Sandy in Bridgehampton
Jack Dingas Jack Dingas ... Harry at the Party
Hart Fessenden Hart Fessenden ... Sam's Dad
Michael Angelo Garcia Michael Angelo Garcia ... Accident Witness
Harley Hendrix Harley Hendrix ... Singer doing sound check
Whitney Alexandra McGann Whitney Alexandra McGann ... Kid in Bridgehampton


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 vampire who draws him away from his friends and into a web of addiction and madness. Written by <dream-king@technologist.com>

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It can catch up to you.


Drama | Horror | Romance




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Release Date:

14 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A szokás rabjai See more »


Box Office


$200,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Glass Eye Pix See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In Sam's last meeting with Nick at Sam's apartment, Sam's hair changes between shots. See more »


Anna: Two tickets for the ride of your life.
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References Near Dark (1987) See more »


Needle Men
Written and Performed by Rebecca Moore
Published by Seahorse Music (BMI)/Knitfac Music (BMI)
From the album "Admiral Charcoal's Song" (Factory Outlet Label)
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Best film nobody's ever seen... soon to be cult fav
27 November 2007 | by mayor_arceSee all my reviews

Most of the expressions other reviewers have used sound kinda cliché, but this is the real deal, it is an indie masterpiece.

I found this DVD by accident at Circuit City, of all places, the box caught my attention and it was something like 7 bucks, so i said what the heck, plus i have a fascination with vampire flicks. I was FLOORED at how good this was. It is a very metaphorical and existential picture, but SOOOO realistic, thus so beautiful and painful. Scary, creepy, haunting and heartbreaking, without being a melodrama.

The DVD extras are also some of the best i've ever seen, no joke. The making off and how you see Larry pulling this off with no money, just guts, passion and instinct is better than wasting time at film school. And his thoughts about the importance of indie film-making staying independent are so true. It's really tragic that this hasn't been seen by many people. I've owned this DVD for about 6 years now, and show it to people whenever i get a chance, and its always the same reaction, everybody's jaws just drop at how powerful and unique this film is.

The whole cast is perfect, but Larry himself is a stand out and such a gut-wrenching performance. I understand why there are some people that didn't like this, i don't agree but this is a very personal picture, and i think most of the people that just fall head over heels over HABIT, including myself, connect to it in such a personal way because we see ourselves in Sam and his relationships, or in his friends who have seen our friends go through a downward spiral. Beer for breakfast? That's not a joke or some eccentric stereotype, it screams out about something else, just like everything else in the film, not a frame or second is wasted.

Check my profile, i have never commented on a film, and don't think i will, but HABIT is just mind blowingly gorgeous and incredible, and like nothing i've ever seen before, and sadly, probably never will. If you haven't seen this, do yourself a favor and find this.

(P.S. small commercial, there is one other film that i sort-of feel the same way about, if you get a chance, check out "Kontroll", also perfect and unlike anything you've ever seen).

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