Habit stars Elliot James Langridge, Jessica Barden and Roxanne Pallett

The producers behind Manchester’s GrimmFest are currently filming a new contemporary psychological horror, Habit, in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

The Manchester set, Manchester produced, Manchester cast, Habit is currently in the midst of a four week shoot in Manchester, confirmed GrimmFest Director and producer Rachel Richardson Jones, on behalf of Habit Films who commented “This is our third film in as many years, out of Grimm Up North / Not A  Number stable, and we are thrilled to be making it here at home in Manchester. This is one of the finest cities in the world, and although much of our industry is based in London, I am so excited to be making Habit, here at home” said Jones.

Adapted from the original text, the highly acclaimed novel by Stephen McGeagh, the film is directed by, Jones’ partner in Not A Number, Simeon Halligan. Halligan was drawn to the story 5 years ago, but with filming commitments and running Manchester’s Grimm Up North Festival found little time to focus his attention on the script.

Halligan commented on the film, “Habit is a sensuous, dark, underworld of a film, set and to be filmed in and around the Northern Quarter”, continued Halligan, “seeking out the back streets and the last vestiges of the way it used to be”. Interiors will be shot in the Pie Factory studios at Media city, Salford, the hub of film, TV and media” Halligan announced, “We have cast & crewed from within Manchester, where it’s been possible, we love this city and want Manchester to feel they can own the film, a real coming together of Manchester’s talent – both in front of and behind the camera. We have brought together an amazing pool of Manchester talent”.

Film film stars Elliot James Langridge (Hollyoaks, Northern Soul and and coming The No Hopers) and Jessica Barden (Penny Dreadful, Far From The Madding Crowd, The Lobster), William Ash (The Tunnel), Roxanne Pallet (Emmerdale, Devil’s Tower) and Andrew Ellis (This is England).

Habit portrays a dark, troubled, underbelly of Manchester, where the addicted prey on the weak and lost! Langridge plays Michael, one who is lost, sharing a flat with his mate Dig (Andrew Ellis), who rarely bothers to get dressed, Michael spends most of his days at the Job Centre until, he meets Lee (Barden). Lee works at a massage parlour, and Michael goes along one night, only to witness the violent death of a ‘punter’. The owner of the business offers Michael a job and he accepts. As he experiences blood-drenched flashbacks, Michael feels himself being gradually sucked into a strange twilight world that he doesn’t understand finds irresistibly attractive.

Want to help fund a horror film?  You can find information about Habit’s kickstarter campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/392745747/habit-0