Get ready for a Valentine’s Day treat as Habit, the Manchester-set horror thriller from director Simeon Halligan, airs this Friday the 14th of February at 10.50PM on the Horror Channel. With a stellar line-up of British talent and a stylish, gritty aesthetic it’s easy to see why this is one habit audiences will find hard to break.
Following a chance encounter with a sweet firecracker at the local boozer, Michael (Elliot Langridge) finds himself quickly smitten. Lee (Jessica Barden) is enigmatic and enticing and Michael dutifully follows her down a dark path, in more ways than one.
Michael thinks it’s his lucky day when he’s offered a harmless job in Lee’s Uncle’s massage parlour ‘Cloud 9’, but things soon takes a downward spiral into cults, chaos and carnage.
After a night of frenzied violence Michael cannot seem to recall the details in full. He is however left with a hangover of gruesome flash blacks to disturbing depravity. Drunk with confusion Michael needs answers – whether he wants them or not.
Director Simeon Halligan says: “The combination of gritty realism and dark fantasy; set within a very recognisable Manchester, really appealed to me. HABIT takes a city that many people know and then flips it on its head, dropping the viewer into a bloody horror story.”
Simeon went on to say: “There hasn’t really been a horror movie set in Manchester since THE LIVING DEAD AT THE MANCHESTER MORGUE and that was made in 1973, so, I guess HABIT is quite unique. If you know Manchester, you might get a kick out of recognising not only the places pictured in the film but also the attitude of the characters. It’s a cinematic celebration of Manchester and I’m proud that HABIT combines my love of Manchester with my love of horror”.
With a fantastic Northern cast consisting of Sally Carman (Coronation Street), William Ash (Waterloo Road), Louis Emerick (Zapped), Roxanne Pallett (Emmerdale), Andy Ellis (This is England) and Joanne Mitchell (Attack of the Adult Babies) Habit is a fantastic piece of homegrown horror.
The film will debut on the Horror Channel on Friday 14th of February at 10.50pm. It will then be available on their catchup service HORROR BITES. (Sky 317 Virgin 149, freeview 70, Freesat 138)
Check out the trailer below: