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Habitat (1997)

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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 »


Rene Daalder


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Balthazar Getty ... Andreas Symes
Tchéky Karyo ... Hank Symes
Alice Krige ... Clarissa Symes
Kenneth Welsh ... Coach Marlowe
Laura Harris ... Deborah Marlowe
Brad Austin ... Blaine
Christopher Heyerdahl ... Eric Thornton (as Chris Heyerdahl)
Kris Holden-Ried ... Daryl (as Kris Holdenried)
Daniel Pilon ... Strickland
Lynne Adams ... Tara Fisher
Susan Almgren Susan Almgren ... Ellen Bark (as Suzie Almgren)
Amanda Blitz Amanda Blitz ... Chris
Goûchy Boy ... Soldier #2 (as Gouchy Boy)
Daniel Gautier 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 <prockwell@thegrid.net>

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



Canada | Netherlands



Release Date:

19 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eisvoli sti Kolasi See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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(Cinémathèque Québécoise print) |

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Actor Balthazar Getty later became world famous for his role of Tommy, one of the "Brothers & Sisters", a worldwide popular American TV series on a modern (dys)functional family. See more »


Hank Symes: Fools reaching for the stars when there is an entire Eden in your basement garden!
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Written by Martin Blasick
Produced by Martin Blasick
Performed by Velvet
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Laughably bad (only it's not funny)...
30 June 1999 | by AdecSee all my reviews

Right off the bat it must be said that 'Habitat' is very poorly directed film, and as bad as the direction is the script (by Director Rene Daalder) is even worse. The script is so utterly derivative and over the top ridiculous that it's amazing the typewriter it was conceived on didn't explode in shame. It also contains some of the most astonishingly bad dialogue in recent years (The line "It's you isn't it? You're that one potato" deserves it's place in the bad dialogue hall of fame).

The special effects are equally poor, most of the time looking like something out of a bad 1980's Duran Duran video...And then there's the performances.

The term 'almost universally bad' springs to mind here. Balthazar Getty, Alice Krige and Chris Heyerdahl all act like they're in a coma, but compared to the rest of the cast thats a good thing. The rest of the cast ranger from truly bad (Bruce Mackay, Kris Holdenreid) to unbelievably irritating (Kenneth Welsh, Katherine Trowell, and Tcheky Karyo, who seems to have forgotten how to act altogether). In fact the only passable performance comes from Laura Harris, but even that's far from good.

Not even so bad it's good, this is a painful experience to watch and is utter crud even for the most ardent (or hard up) sci-fi fan. Stupid in the extreme, this has absolutely nothing to recommend it other than a little exploitative nudity (and if you're truly that desperate rent a porno or a Troma film instead) this is the type of film making that makes Ed Wood seem like a genius in comparison. 99 minutes of your life that you will never get back, this is the very definition of a terrible film. Avoid (and thank me later).

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