“well-loved auteur adapts well-loved story, and does it well”
by Alix Turner
Depraved is a sparingly gory film: it’s much more about misguided people than about the injuries they inflict. That said, Adam’s story as a whole is an emotional one… and I’m struggling to say more about that without giving away details. Back to the effects, though; which aren’t just about injuries and stitches: the film also features some beautiful flickering colors which serve to demonstrate how differently Adam’s mind works, a mind which is also trying to navigate memories and a need to belong. All these aspects are edited together with care: Fessenden clearly cares for his creation much more than Henry does.