January 23, 2020
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ScreenRant keeps talking about DEPRAVED

Frankenstein: 10 Movies With An Original Twist On The Horror Classic

The most recent release on the list is independent horror darling Larry Fessenden’s 2019 take on the monster. In his 1991 debut feature No Telling, Fessenden dances with the idea of a Frankenstein-like scientist, and now almost 30 years later, he tackles the subject matter head-on. Depraved follows a man stricken with PTSD as he tries to cope by working in a laboratory and sewing a human together. Possibly the lowest budgeted film on the list, there is a meta-layer to the filmmaking with it being a do-it-yourself sort of effort. It’s a strange, and interesting film that can be seen streaming on Hulu right now.

Read List HERE

 

Other Horror Movie Remakes Rob Zombie Should Direct

… his appreciation for that era of cinema might lend him to be an excellent choice for another Dark Universe movie like Frankenstein, which was originally directed by James Whale in 1931 and starred Boris Karloff as The Monster.Though there have been modern interpretations, such as Larry Fessenden’s Depraved in 2019, Zombie would certainly bring more horror (and blood) to the Monster’s tale. It would be even more fascinating if he cast someone like Ken Foree, with whom he’s collaborated previously in The Lords of Salem. The actor’s 6’5″ stature would be imposing and bring some smart social commentary, as Frankenstein’s monster is traditionally played by white actors.

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January 22, 2020
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TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE — The Podcast Episode 16: “No Signal”

Episode 16: No Signal
(a sequel to Cold Reading)

A trio of paranormal adventurers revisits the scene of a séance
gone horribly wrong a century before, and suffer a similar fate.

Written and Directed by Larry Fessenden.
Featuring Clay McLeod Chapman, Samuel Zimmerman, Roxanne Benjamin, Larry Fessenden
Performed live May 1, 2015.
Poster by Trevor Denham

for more Tales, Box Sets and Swag, visit
www.talesfrombeyondthepale.com

January 21, 2020
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DEPRAVED Blu-Ray Release Party 1/30 in NYC!

January 21, 2020
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SADISTIC INTENTIONS coming this Valentine’s Day!

Freestyle Digital Media has acquired North American rights to the romantic horror / thriller SADISTIC INTENTIONS, directed by GEP pal Eric Pennycoff. Featuring Jeremy Gardner, Taylor Zaudtke, Michael Patrick Nicholson and Larry Fessenden. 

Available on digital HD on Valentine’s Day!

Get the full scoop HERE

January 17, 2020
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Beyond The Void Podcast: DEPRAVED “Top 15 Horror Films Of 2019”

15. DEPRAVED

A veteran suffering from PTSD assembles a monster from various body parts and brings it back to life. Larry Fessenden is a classic name in the horror genre and created one of my all time favorite vampire movies in Habit. This is his take on the Frankenstein legend and has that same real world drama and horror mesh that made Habit so good. It’s nice to see him back and doing his thing in really the way that only he can. Great movie.

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January 16, 2020
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McQuaid and Snellings talk TALES: “COLD READING”


Writers Glenn McQuaid and April Snellings reminisce about TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE’s “Cold Reading”, performed live at the Stanley Film Festival on May 1st, 2015 and featuring Featuring Barbara Crampton, Martha Harmon Pardee, Leon Vitali, and Larry Fessenden

Glenn McQuaid
Looking back on the beginnings of Cold Reading, I remember mentioning to you that I wanted to collaborate on a Tale set during a seance and that I wanted to add a ventriloquist’s dummy, sort of MAGIC meets SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON, but I worried that those two elements were too incongruous, but then you had all this great seance knowledge which included the use of ventriloquism in spiritualism!

April Snellings
It was serendipity! I’d been doing a lot of reading on spiritualism for another project, and I came across some great stuff about the origins of ventriloquism–it’s tied in with demonology, necromancy, and other lovely pastimes. The Greeks called it gastromancy, and thought it was the result of the dead shacking up in the bellies of the living. Of course seances and evil dummies are two horror tropes that we both love, so when you wanted to combine them, I was all in. I also liked that it would be a challenge–though we think of ventriloquism as an auditory trick, it’s really more of a visual thing, and a lot of the creep factor has little to do with sound…

Glenn McQuaid
Speaking of visual things, it was so much fun watching Larry switch back and forth between Edwards and Stanley, I think it’s one of the great performances! Can you believe we got the cast we did?

April Snellings
Ha, I was afraid we were going to break poor Larry. (We didn’t, did we?) I was both elated and terrified when Barbara Crampton signed on. Writing for a horror legend–talk about pressure! I’ll never forget the audience’s reaction during her monologue toward the end. I’ve never heard a packed theater be so utterly quiet and still–I didn’t even hear anyone breathing. And Leon and Martha, who played Ernest and Doris–they were so much fun! Hey, didn’t we maim a foley artist that night?

Glenn McQuaid
We did! I think Chris Skotchdopole lost a limb but it was all in the name of art. In all seriousness the foley team really do give it everything they have during our live shows, Tessa Price and Chris really took things very seriously up there and I think Chris sliced his hand while stabbing a cabbage! Getting back to Barbara’s monologue, it was such a wonderful shift of tone, we went from the naughty fun of Ernest and Doris into something much more serious, she was pitch perfect as she took us down that path, it changed everything, and introduced Larry’s third character, and you’re right, you could hear a pin drop.

April Snellings
I remember Barbara saying that she had to lie down for a bit after she did her first read-through of the script. My god, Glenn, this one took its toll! It’s like our own personal Fitzcarraldo, only we just caused people a bit of mild distress instead of making them carry a steamship up a mountain or whatever. Speaking of the tonal shift, that’s one of my favorite things about this one. Those shifts can be tough to pull off, but the cast really sold it (along with Graham Reznick’s music and Lee Nussbaum working that sound board like a mad genius). I felt it during the writing process, too–we were having so much fun bouncing the seance back and forth and being silly, and then the story took a turn for the dark and we began to have some very serious conversations about the story’s themes. That was a delight for me–that process of tossing things back and forth and discovering, together, what we were really getting at. That’s what I enjoy so much about collaboration. What is it that you enjoy about working with other creators?

Glenn McQuaid
I think, for most of us, writing is usually a solo endeavor, so opening up the process of discovery with a partner, stepping outside of our own creative instincts and putting trust in someone else can be a wonderful, sometimes vulnerable and valuable experience. I really enjoyed working with you on Cold Reading, when I go back and listen to it I hear both our voices in the mix. I read a review of it recently where we were called monsters for a certain scene and in fairness, I do remember the fun we had in pushing ourselves and pondering how we might off a certain character, I like to blame that whole bit on you.

April Snellings
I still get side-eye from my in-laws over that. Of course I tell them it was all your idea and I protested vigorously. Hey, I think we’ve arrived at the real benefit of having a co-writer: plausible deniability!

 

LISTEN TO COLD READING at
TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE The Podcast

January 16, 2020
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TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE — The Podcast #15: “Cold Reading”

Episode 15: Cold Reading

Spirits and secrets spin out of control during a séance at the turn of the century.
Written by Glenn McQuaid and April Snellings.
Directed by Glenn McQuaid.

Featuring Barbara Crampton, Martha Harmon Pardee, Leon Vitali, Larry Fessenden
Performed live May 1, 2015, Poster by Trevor Denham

for more Tales, Box Sets and Swag, visit
www.talesfrombeyondthepale.com

January 10, 2020
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DEPRAVED score by Will Bates Now Available from Lakeshore Records

LISTEN UP! “Awake” from the DEPRAVED score by Will Bates

January 10, 2020
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Rue Morgue: Exclusive Clip Cuts Into Larry Fessenden’s Frankenstein Film DEPRAVED

From Rue-Morgue: Just out on special-edition Blu-ray from Shout! Factory, Larry Fessenden’s DEPRAVED
is a fascinating
and acclaimed variation on the Frankenstein theme, one he discusses in an exclusive excerpt
from the disc’s bonus features that you can see after the jump.
Click HERE for the Rue-Morgue exclusive. 
January 9, 2020
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TBT: Fessenden, Ron Perlman and Angus Scrimm

TBT: Ron Perlman (THE LAST WINTER, I SELL THE DEAD), Fessenden
and the late, great Angus Scrimm.

Revisit Angus Scrimm’s celebrated works with Glass Eye Pix such as  I SELL THE DEAD,
SATAN HATES YOU,
AUTOMATONS, THE OFF SEASON and
Tales From Beyond the Pale episodes TRIBUNAL OF MINOS

and THE GRANDFATHER (Now available on Vinyl).