Depraved

LARRY FESSENDEN (2019 )

Depraved centers on Henry, a field surgeon suffering from PTSD after combat in the Middle East, who creates a man out of body parts in a makeshift lab in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The creature he creates must navigate a strange new world and the rivalry between Henry and his conniving collaborator Polidori.


Indie Wire

1/30/18

Larry Fessenden to Direct ‘Frankenstein’-Inspired Horror Movie ‘Depraved’ — Exclusive

Few American filmmakers epitomize the spirit of horror made beyond the clutches of Hollywood better than Larry Fessenden, who has directed and produced socially conscious scary movies for decades. Now, IndieWire has exclusively learned that Fessenden is stepping behind the camera for the first time in several years to direct “Depraved” from his own script. Billed as a contemporary reimagining of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” Fessenden’s project focuses on a field surgeon who suffers from PTSD after combat in the Middle East, and creates a living human out of body parts in his Gowanus, Brooklyn lab.

This is not the first time Fessenden has used the backdrop of a creepy laboratory to explore real-world concerns. His 1991 feature “No Telling” focused on a man experimenting on animals and the impact of the work on his personal life. Fessenden is best known for directing the 1999 New York vampire drama “Habit,” the mystical “Wendigo,” and the eco-thriller “The Last Winter.” He last directed the Chiller-produced monster movie “Beneath,” and has produced countless low-budget projects through his Glass Eye Pix, including Ti West’s “The Innkeepers” and Jim Mickle’s “Stake Land.” Glass Eye Pix also produces the radio horror series “Tales From Beyond the Pale,” which premiered its latest season on IndieWire in 2017.

For “Depraved,” Fessenden said he was excited to bring the “Frankenstein” narrative into a contemporary context. In a statement, he called his approach to the story “deeply personal and visceral,” adding, “I’ve been moved by the iconic character since childhood and it is a great thrill to try and put my version on the screen.”

The movie begins production in New York in February. It stars David Call, Joshua Leonard, and Alex Breaux (“Bushwick”) as the monster.

The project will be produced by Joe Swanberg’s Forager Films, which recently premiered Josephine Decker’s “Madeline’s Madeline” at Sundance, in a deal brokered by executive producer Andrew Mer. “Larry Fessenden has consistently made groundbreaking, intelligent, socially relevant films in addition to shepherding some of the most important young voices in genre filmmaking,” Swanberg said. “We could not be more excited to collaborate with him on this project.”

 

Screen Anarchy

1/30/18

DEPRAVED: Larry Fessenden and Joe Swanberg Partner on Frankenstein Re-Imagining

Independent horror icon Larry Fessenden (HabitThe Last Winter), will direct a contemporary re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein called Depraved from his own script.

Depraved centers on Henry, a field surgeon suffering from PTSD after combat in the Middle East, who creates a man out of body parts in a makeshift lab in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The creature he creates must navigate a strange new world and the rivalry between Henry and his conniving collaborator Polidori.

Depraved marks a partnership between Fessenden’s long-running, production house Glass Eye Pix, which is responsible for launching the careers of many horror auteurs including Ti West (The House of the Devil) and Jim Mickle (Stake Land), and Forager Film Company, a film collective run by mumblecore legend Joe Swanberg (Drinking BuddiesEasy), Peter Gilbert (Hoop Dreams), and Edwin Linker (Golden Exits).

“I am very grateful to have Forager support this deeply personal and visceral take on the Frankenstein story, said Larry Fessenden. “I’ve been moved by the iconic character since childhood and it is a great thrill to try to put my version on screen.”

Joe Swanberg added, “Larry Fessenden has consistently made groundbreaking, intelligent, socially relevant films in addition to shepherding some of the most important young voices in genre filmmaking. We could not be more excited to collaborate with him on this project. “

Depraved lenses in February with cinematographers James Siewert and Chris Scotchdopole.

Bloody Disgusting

1/30/18

Larry Fessenden Directing Frankenstein-inspired ‘Depraved’!

Larry Fessenden, NYC’s independent horror auteur (Habit, Wendigo, The Last Winter), is set to direct Depraved from his own script, Bloody Disgusting just learned.

The film is said to be a contemporary reimagining of Mary Shelley’s timeless classic “Frankenstein”:

Depraved centers on Henry, a field surgeon suffering from PTSD after combat in the Middle East, who creates a man out of body parts in a makeshift lab in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The creature he creates must navigate a strange new world and the rivalry between Henry and his conniving collaborator Polidori.”

Alex Breaux, pictured below, will be starring as the monster with David Call and Joshua Leonard.

The film marks a partnership between Fessenden’s long-running, award-winning company Glass Eye Pix (Like Me, Stake Land, House of the Devil) and Forager Film Company (Little Sister), a film collective run by Joe Swanberg (Easy, V/H/S, Happy Christmas) Peter Gilbert (Hoop Dreams), and Edwin Linker. The deal was brokered by Andrew Mer, who will serve as Executive Producer.

Depraved will be produced by long-time Glass Eye Pix collaborator Jenn Wexler (producer of the SXSW Grand Jury prize winner and Spirit Award Nominee Most Beautiful Island, as well as Darling, Psychopaths and Like Me; director of the forthcoming The Ranger) and Chadd Harbold (producer of Most Beautiful Island). Fessenden also produces.

Depraved will lens in February with cinematographers James Siewert (Like Me, The Ranger) and Chris Scotchdopole (The Egg and the Hatchet).

 



DAVID CALL, “Henry” – David Call is an actor and producer, known for Tiny Furniture (2010), James White (2015) and Gabriel (2014).

JOSHUA LEONARD, “Polidori” – A filmmaker, writer, and actor, Joshua Leonard has made an indelible mark on independent film and television throughout his career. He first came onto the scene in 1999 with lo-fi sensation The Blair Witch Project, perhaps one of the most talked about indie films of all time. As an actor, Leonard continues to work on projects that push the envelope, including 2009’s Independent Spirit Award-winning Humpday, HBO’s acclaimed series “Hung,” “True Detective,” and The Duplass Brothers’ “Togetherness,” in addition to roles in the films Higher Ground by Vera Farmiga and If I Stay by RJ Cutler. Leonard’s directorial debut, The Youth in Us premiered at Sundance in 2005; he followed that with the doc, Beautiful Losers. He made his narrative feature debut with The Lie (Sundance 2011), a devilish morality tale adapted from a story by acclaimed author, T.C. Boyle, which Leonard co-wrote, directed and starred in. He recently wrapped production on his sophomore feature as a director, Behold My Heart, starring Marisa Tomei and Timothy Olyphant, based on a script that he co-wrote. In addition, he’s developing a one-hour television series for EPIX entitled “Liberty,” which he created and will EP alongside Cary Fukunaga.

ALEX BREAUX, “Adam” – Alex Breaux started his college career at Harvard University where he was a wide receiver/punt returner for Harvard’s varsity football team and two-time Ivy League champion. While still at Harvard, Breaux auditioned and was accepted into the Drama Division at The Juilliard School in New York City. In addition to acting, Breaux writes for film, television, and theatre.

ANA KAYNE, “Liz” – Ana Kayne is an actress and writer, known for Another Earth (2011), The Creek When He Came Back (2016) and Uncertainty (2008).



LARRY FESSENDEN, writer/director/producer/editor – Larry Fessenden, winner of the 1997 Someone to Watch Spirit Award, and nominee for the 2010 Piaget Spirit Award for producing, is the writer, director and editor of the award-winning art-horror trilogy HABIT (Nominated for 2 Spirit Awards), WENDIGO (Winner Best Film 2001 Woodstock Film Festival) and NO TELLING. His film, THE LAST WINTER (Nominated for a 2007 Gotham Award for best ensemble cast), premiered at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival. Fessenden directed SKIN AND BONES for NBC TV’s horror anthology FEAR ITSELF and the feature film BENEATH for Chiller films. He wrote the screenplay with Guillermo del Toro of ORPHANAGE, an English language remake of the successful Spanish film EL ORFANATO. He is the writer, with Graham Reznick, of the hit Sony Playstation videogame UNTIL DAWN. Fessenden was awarded the 2007 Sitges Film Festival Maria Award for his work as a producer, actor and director in genre film, and he won the 2009 Golden Hammer Award for “being such an inspiring force in the industry.” In 2011, Fessenden was inducted into the “Fangoria Hall of Fame” and was honored by the UK’s Total Film as an Icon of Horror during the Frightfest Film Festival.

JAMES SIEWERT, cinematography – Known for his work on LIKE ME and THE RANGER. At the age of 13 James Siewert made his first film, in which the camera enters the main character’s eye. Now at 26 he has directed 3 more films where camera enters various bodily orifices. Along the way certain useful skills were acquired: how to build stuff, how to light stuff, and how to narrowly avoid a psychotic break during a week of shooting overnights. His main goal in life is to be able to keep making weird movies that some people care about.

CHRIS SKOTCHDOPOLE, cinematography – A writer, director and producer living in New York City. He works with Glass Eye Pix, an independent production outfit lead by director Larry Fessenden. Skotchdopole most recently served as co-producer on Jenn Wexler’s punk thriller, THE RANGER, starring Chloe Levine and Jeremy Holm. Previously, he worked as associate producer on Mickey Keating’s DARLING (SXSW) and Rob Mockler’s film LIKE ME (SXSW), starring Addison Timlin. He has produced several music videos and shorts for Glass Eye, including James Siewert’s THE PAST INSIDE THE PRESENT (Slamdance, Flordia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest). THE EGG AND THE HATCHET is his first short since graduating from the School of Visual Arts in 2010. Chris is currently developing a feature with Larry Fessenden.