Habitat

In Habitat, a yellowed sky is pierced by lethal rays, decimating the earth's vegetation-the greenhouse effect wilted to other shades. Life takes place indoors, avoidance of the sun's rays being the only foolproof SPF. Microbiologist Hank Symes (Tchéky Karyo) wants desperately to make the world habitable again. In the small town of Pleasanton, he-along with his wife Clarissa (Alice Krige) and son Andreas (Balthazar Getty)-begins his experiments in accelerated evolution, turning their suburban digs into a throbbing, vegetal organism, permeated by an eerie consciousness all its own. Shot on HD video for the director of Massacre at Central High, Habitat is a florid feast of effects that turns Daalder's petri dish of a film into a strangely compelling experiment in terror. As Symes's garden of Eden becomes a living horticultural hell, the nuclear family fuses with the primordial slime that has absorbed their home (and hopefully their mortgage). Habitat reminds us it's not easy being green.

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