Habit (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes

Habit (1997)



Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

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 into a web of addiction and madness.

Watch it now


Hart Fessenden
as Sam's Dad
Lon Waterford
as Mr. Lyons
Alan Bandit
as Norman in Bridgehampton
Dale Cameron
as Sandy in Bridgehampton
Whitney Alexandra McGann
as Kid in Bridgehampton
Helene Weintraub
as Liza's Nosy Neighbor
Michael Buscemi
as Liza's Friend Dave
Rebecca Moore
as Liza's Friend Susan
Jack Dingas
as Harry at the Party
Kelly Reichardt
as Partygirl on Phone
Cain Berlinger
as Carrot Man
Jeff Sass
as Sound Check Guitarist
Harley Hendrix
as Sound Check Singer
John Margolis
as Second Sound Check Guitarist
Philip Hartman
as Salad Dressing Patron
Ginny Hack
as What's With That Guy? Patron
Tom Hale
as Record Executive on Cellular Phone
Derek Davis
as Kid Hurt In Accident
Eric Vesbit
as Halloween Delivery Man
Beverly Washington
as Segundo's Wife
Jain V. Alonso
as Segundo's Daughter
John Gaddy
as Departing Tenant at Liza's
as Wolf
as Wolf
as Wolf
View All

Critic Reviews for Habit

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (6)

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

October 20, 2009
Top Critic

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.

October 20, 2009 | Full Review…

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

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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

February 14, 2001 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Habit


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 compensate and make an audience forget that short cuts are being taken. It doesn't happen here.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


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 becoming progressively sicker as he gets more and more involved with her. Interesting indie horror/drama that can be occasionally pretentious; it's at it's best when showing us the streets of Lower Manhattan as seen through the eyes of an incerasingly depserate, one step away from the gutter drunkard.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

Habit Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features