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Trailer: Do Drugs, Get Dead in HABITUAL from Writer/Director of OXY-MORONS

By Josh Millican

Habitual is the second feature film from writer/director Johnny Hickey, known for his drug cult classic Oxy-Morons.  For Habitual, Hickey kept the theme in his macabre wheelhouse but also dove much deeper into horror territory in order to capture the nightmare of the current fentanyl scourge.

Sugar Studios L.A. and Dark Mode Films will release the psychological drug-fueled Habitual in theaters and VOD Friday, November 13th, 2020. Check out the trailer and read more about the movie below.

Synopsis:
A fistful of drug-popping ravers take a heavy dose of something new and unusual  that leads to a hellish trip to an (underground rave party) called “Habit”, at an abandoned asylum in Salem,  Massachusetts. Dancing and getting wasted all night drastically morph into chaotic  hallucinations; as the plot unfolds, the characters fall deeper into a metaphorical mind-bending hole. The Habit’s walls, halls, and stairwells  spell captivity for the young partygoers, who eventually spiral into horrifying paradoxes,  blurring the line between nightmares and reality.

Habitual features: Chris “CT” Tamburello (MTV’s The Challenge), Johnny Hickey (Oxy-Morons, Stronger), and introducing Ally Doody.

Hickey wanted Habitual to be in the world of the drug epidemic, but he didn’t want it to be a true event movie (like Oxy-Morons), making the real underlying message that drugs are always going to be here whether you like it or not, and more than ever young people around the world need to think twice before taking them. Anti-drug bona fides aside, Habitual is no after-school special. This film is a bloodbath highlighted with intense make-up effects and some seriously horrifying backdrops.  

According to the official press release, mixing Habitual with actual drugs can be dangerous!

Dares have been made with cult audiences attempting to view the film while under the influence of hallucinogens. Although that is not recommended, it’s a sure way to twist your mind enough to never wanna try or do hard drugs again. A seventeen-year-old male who attended a private screening while under the influence of  LSD, was placed in a harm reduction center directly after leaving the showing.

Hickey and his team were able to film at the abandoned Westborough State Asylum, as well as a comparably haunting complex on the grounds of Tewksbury State Hospital’s old asylum for the criminally insane. While the film targets the horror genre, it’s a psychological drug thriller that taps into Johnny Hickey’s niche storytelling of the collateral damage done by drug abuse.

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Habitual Poster - Trailer: Do Drugs, Get Dead in HABITUAL from Writer/Director of OXY-MORONS

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