March 19, 2021
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Bloody-Disgusting: THE SPINE OF NIGHT “a breathtaking rarity”


From the Review by Meagan Navarro

“Written and directed by Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King, The Spine of Night evokes the breathless wonder and art style of Fire and Ice, unfurling a meditative and existential tale. This anthology is steeped in a world of magic, heroes, and villains across time told with a distinct and measured cadence. Assembling a talented and impressive voice cast that includes Patton Oswalt, Betty Gabriel, Joe Manganiello, Larry Fessenden, and Rob McClure, it’s not characters- though there are many- that connect this sprawling story but a concept.

“The Spine of Night packs so much into its roughly 90-minute runtime that it doesn’t always give its emotional peaks room to breathe, but it never fails to arouse a feeling of wonder. This movie is a breathtaking rarity.”

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March 18, 2021
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SlashFilm: JAKOB’S WIFE “a showcase for its legendary leads”

“Does your modern indie horror movie really exist if it doesn’t feature Barbara Crampton or Larry Fessenden? The two horror icons, who have been so good in so many genre movies for so long, are busier than ever, popping up in (and often propping up) countless films made by filmmakers who clearly grew up watching them on well-worn VHS tapes.

“But Jakob’s Wife, a gory new horror comedy about a marriage on the rocks before vampirism rears its ugly fangs, understands their appeal more than most. In fact, it knows what horror fans really want: to see them placed front-and-center as leading man and leading lady rather than relegated to supporting role or amusing cameo. And while there are other pleasures to be found in Jakob’s Wife (especially the geysers of blood that erupt with some regularity), these two, together in the spotlight, are the main draw.

“While this is not the first time Crampton and Fessenden have been in the same movie together (gems like You’re Next and We Are Still Here are among their shared credits), co-writer and director Travis Stevens gives them characters worthy of their talent. Too often, casting these two feels like a wink, a filmmaker nudging the audience to say “Yes, I too enjoy Re-Animator and/or Wendigo!” Stevens understands that these two aren’t just well-liked names – they’re terrific actors, more-than-capable of carrying an entire movie. And he obliges them.

“Cast against type as a buttoned-down, conservative preacher, Fessenden digs into the “straight man” dynamic of the film’s duo, finding low-key humor in his exasperation. His eventual turn to vampire hunter is less of a heroic move and more of a reflection of an impatient man desperate to get shit done. It’s fun stuff.”

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March 17, 2021
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JAKOB’S WIFE by Travis Stevens World Premieres Tonight at SXSW 3/17/21

Featuring Barbara Crampton and Larry Fessenden

March 16, 2021
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Entertainment Weekly reveals JAKOB’S WIFE poster

Director Travis Stevens’ film costars Larry Fessenden and wrestler-turned-actor Phil Brooks.

In Jakob’s Wife, actress Barbara Crampton plays Anne Fedder, the bored spouse of Larry Fessenden‘s southern pastor, Jakob.

“My character is long married to her husband and she’s settled into a kind of complacent marriage and union,” says the actress, whose many previous horror credits include 1985’s Re-Animator and 2015’s We Are Still Here, which also costarred Fessenden. “A horrible tragic thing happens that jolts her into an awakening, and she realizes all the things she hasn’t done, all the things she’s missed. She develops a thirst for life that she’s never felt before. It’s like if Marriage Story was a horror movie.”

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March 16, 2021
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JAKOB’S WIFE trailer drops!

March 14, 2021
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THE SPINE OF NIGHT unspools at SXSW: watch the trailer!

‘The Spine of Night’ is an ultra-violent, hand-rotoscoped epic fantasy inspired by the cult classic works of animators Ralph Bakshi and Frank Franzetta. The film is set in a fantasy land ripe with magic and intrigue where a dark force is unleashed sending mankind into an age of ruin. It falls on heroes from different eras and cultures to fight back.

Starring Richard E. Grant, Lucy Lawless, Patton Oswalt, Betty Gabriel, and Joe Manganiello
also featuring Abby Savage, Rob McClure and Larry Fessenden.

The Spine of Night will have its world premiere
at the digital SXSW festival on March 18

March 14, 2021
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Fessenden prattles on in FRACTURED LISTENS podcast

March 12, 2021
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Get ‘Em while They Last Dept: MAD 4EVER CD available through amazon

Recorded in a barn in upstate New York in the last week of January 2021,
with Larry Fessenden on sax and vocals
and Jack Fessenden on drums, bass, guitar, keyboards and tamborine,
Mad 4Ever is a hand-hewn hodgepodge of 9 ragged pop tunes
with a raging and melancholic hue as befits the times.
Mix and Mastered by Matt Rocker at Underground Audio, NYC. Released March 4.

Also available on iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp.

March 11, 2021
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The Austin Chronicle takes a look at the pairing of Barbara Crampton & Fessenden in JAKOB’S WIFE

From The Austin Chronicle: Fessenden is in his own second act of sorts. Initially a writer/director, in recent years he has achieved an almost totemic reputation among indie horror directors (there’s an old joke that killing Fessenden in your movie brings you good luck), but he’s also a generous collaborator behind the camera. Stevens said, “Larry, with what he brings as a filmmaker and his understanding of how to keep people’s spirits up, was just insanely helpful.”

Read Article from The Austin Chronicle HERE

March 11, 2021
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THE NEW YORK TIMES: ‘Markie in Milwaukee’: Acknowledging Painful Transitions

Matt Kliegman’s documentary MARKIE IN MILWAUKEE
reviewed in The New York Times. 

Read review HERE