Cult Filmmaker Larry Fessenden Talks ‘The Ranger,’ ‘Depraved’ And More
Ever since catching the film, Jug Face, back in 2013, I’ve been a huge fan of Larry Fessenden. I immediately went through his IMDb page, looking for more films to watch. I had no idea how far his influence reached… he’s been directing shorts and indie films since 1978, but it wasn’t until 1995’s Habit that his true passion seemed to leak out onto the screen. With a talent for showcasing members of the dirty, unloved fringes of society, Fessenden can take a character already living in their own kind of atrocity and up the ante by dropping them into a whole new pit of dismay.
THE RANGER opens in NYC at the IFC Center tonight!
Opens in Los Angeles September 7th at Laemmle Music Hall!
1978: Fessenden’s unfinished remake of Spielberg’s classic.
Shot on s8MM.
Filmstage: “Like Chelsea, there’s a lot going on beneath the film’s surface. Wexler uses horror tropes as a mask for a poignant look at identity and finding the strength to wield it as a weapon rather than hiding it away to fit in. And she isn’t afraid to show this truth through the cracks of her jump scares and gore, letting characters like Garth play the fool so his moment of bald honesty when alone with Chelsea towards the end can resonate all the more. These kids are using their punk lifestyle as a means to escape too. But where they escaped from what they didn’t want and couldn’t be, she sought camouflage in hopes it would stick. It’s only fitting that violence would ultimately bring everything flooding back.”
Read review HERE.
Comicsverse: “These performance helps us to see Wexler’s ultimate point. Horror movie monsters aren’t as scary as the mundane monsters that sit in positions of authority in our everyday lives. THE RANGER is a more than a disposable throwback. It reinvents horror tropes into an insightful and rollicking midnight movie blast.”
Read full review HERE
NYC, join us for a special sneak preview screening on
Thursday August 16th at 9:30pm, at IFC Center.
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