October 26, 2017
Roxy Cinema Artist Series: Habit Q&A with Larry FessendenOctober 26, 2017
Horror / 1997 / 112 minutes
Larry Fessenden’s HABIT (1995) is in the canon of modern Vampire films that brings the classic dark tale of immortal life, death and lust into a contemporary setting as a parable for the existential crisis of a wandering soul, in this case in the dive bars and alphabet city apartments of a 1990s East Village milieu. Fessenden wrote, directed, and stars in HABIT playing the titular character of Sam, a listless young man grappling with the recent death of his archaeologist father and running a neighborhood bar with a listless worldview that includes as he puts it in the film, “committing suicide in his life installment plan”. His discontented life takes a mysterious turn when he meets a magnetically sensual stranger who casts a macabre spell over him. As their relationship deepens Sam’s pallor grows paler and his urges more primal that submerges him into the shadows alienating him from the world of the living. HABIT is a naturalistic and stark portrayal of personal demons, addiction, and losing control over the specter of madness in one’s life set against a bleak urban landscape.