September 18, 2019
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Tomorrow! Last chance to catch DEPRAVED in theaters!

Tomorrow is the last day to see DEPRAVED in theaters. 

Depraved is set to open in the following locations, starting this FRIDAY:

9/20/19
Chalmette Cinemas 9
Chalmette, LA

9/20/19
The Loft Cinema
Tucson, AR

9/27/19
Coolidge Corner Theatre
Brookline, MA

9/28/19
Alamo Drafthouse Mueller 6
Austin, TX

9/28/19
Alamo Drafthouse Park North
San Antonio, TX

10/17/2019
Central Cinema
Knoxville, TN

10/27/19
Alamo Drafthouse La Vista
Omaha, NE

September 16, 2019
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DEPRAVED certified FRESH

September 13, 2019
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Fessenden Frankenstein Mashup 2019

Fessenden inserts himself into the Frankenstein canon
with this update to his 2012 
mashup of 25 Frankenstein Films,
now including images from DEPRAVED.
September 12, 2019
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Fessenden talks filmmaking in Talkhouse article

Musings of a Filmworker: As his latest opus, Depraved hits theaters,
indie horror maestro Larry Fessenden takes a moment to remind
himself exactly why he makes movies.

Read Full Article HERE

September 12, 2019
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NY Times: DEPRAVED is Fessenden’s “most coherent and visually polished work yet … the movie has an unexpected poignancy.”

Henry (David Call), the doctor in Larry Fessenden’s “Depraved,” isn’t actually called Frankenstein, but he’s the contemporary equivalent. A onetime Army surgeon, Henry suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and a maniacal need to make positive use of his harrowing experiences. What he learned about death, he believes, he can use to create life.

The result of this obsession is a bundle of stitched-together body parts known as Adam (Alex Breaux), whose brain we meet while it’s still inside the skull of its about-to-be-murdered previous owner. That organ’s memories — often surrounded by bright bubbles of light, as if trapped in a lava lamp — help bond Adam to his creator, whose battlefield flashbacks are equally destabilizing.

In time, their relationship grows quietly touching; yet if Henry’s motives seem pure, those of his cynical business partner (Joshua Leonard) are anything but.

Shot in just 24 days in Brooklyn, N.Y., “Depraved” updates Mary Shelley’s classic tale with a coating of wartime trauma and medical-breakthrough profiteering. Making the most of his limited budget, not unusual for the prolific Fessenden, he has produced possibly his most coherent and visually polished work to date. The makeup effects and lead performances are excellent, and Fessenden’s signature cheek (two strip-club employees are called Stormy and Melania) never tips into silliness.

Though overlong and leaning predictably on old-school horror setups — like the beautiful barfly (this one is played by Addison Timlin) who trustingly toddles home with the monosyllabic weirdo — “Depraved” builds empathy for its exploited creature. Beginning with lovemaking and ending in loneliness, the movie has an unexpected poignancy: At the end of the day, it seems, all a monster really wants is a girl of his own.

Read Full Review HERE

September 11, 2019
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DEPRAVED coming to theaters Friday the 13th!

September 11, 2019
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SLANT: “Fessenden diagnoses the rot of our era”

Review: Depraved Views Modern Society Through the Lens of Frankenstein

What does a Frankenstein figure look like in 2019? According to Larry Fessenden’s Depraved, he’s a guy with war-addled, once-noble intentions set adrift by male ego and shady benefactors. He’s a white man grasping for control in a world coming apart, a cog in a machine who hasn’t broken free so much as changed the machine’s function—from that of war to that of the pharmaceutical industry. The film, Fessenden’s first feature as both writer and director since 2006’s The Last Winter, paints multiple psychological portraits that are sad, angry, and strangely beautiful. It shows us the mind of not just PTSD-afflicted field surgeon Henry (David Call), but also that of his prototypical sewn-together “monster,” Adam (Alex Breaux), and his assistant and Big Pharma bankroller, Polidori (Joshua Leonard).

For much of Depraved, Fessenden’s focal point is essentially the monster’s brain, which starts in the body of a man named Alex (Owen Campbell) before being unceremoniously transplanted to its final container in Adam, whose ghastly scars and stitches betray his unnatural heritage. Aside from vestigial flashes of his former life, Adam is a vessel to be filled with the perspectives of those around him. Fessenden devotes long stretches of the film to that learning process, an enthralling canvas for his usual bag of editing tricks.

As Adam’s brain develops and reconfigures, the screen is covered in green blots, time-lapse constructions, hyperactive movements, montages, and other music video-esque trappings that somehow are never incongruously showy so much as a mesmerizing fit for the material. In Wendigo, such flourishes followed the film’s spiral of supernatural unease, and in Depraved they give Adam’s learning process an odd, hypnotic beauty. Fessenden imposes brain scans and firing synapses over the screen as characters’ voices echo for an effect that compares these parts of the human body to the fingers of tree branches or the forks in a peaceful forest creek. Adam’s thoughts and feelings are natural, even if his existence is not.

His hair grows, his speech patterns diversify, he reads, and we learn what Henry deems important by what he teaches Adam as foundational, or what he doesn’t teach him at all. “Gravity is your friend,” one lesson goes, and then Henry drops a bouncy ball. Adam may not learn how to shake hands until he meets Polidori, but he learns how to play ping pong. In his loneliness, Henry has built himself a buddy, albeit one he may control and whose interests he may dictate. When he teaches Adam about music, he mentions Bach and Beethoven because they’re important, but you sense him skipping to the important stuff, to the music he personally likes. He’s the date who invites you over to tell you about his record collection.

At the museum, Polidori and Adam linger on a self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh, noting the similarity between the painter’s ear and Adam’s, which is discolored and conspicuously sewn on. But Van Gogh cut off his own ear; no one cut it off for him. So who’s the artist in this relationship? Is it Adam or Henry or Polidori, who supplies the body parts and the money and is named for John William Polidori, the writer who both played a small role in the creation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and himself penned “The Vampyre,” one of the first vampire stories? With bad blonde hair and names for strippers including “Melania” and “Stormy,” Fessenden paints him as a Trump-like figure, a talentless bloodsucker.

The comparison is far from graceful. Though Fessenden’s films leave no mistake as to what they’re about, the characters of Depraved feel overly prone to calling out the obvious, ensuring that each name-drop and reference is processed appropriately by the audience. But if, as in the somewhat baggy final 30 minutes, the film’s thematic reach exceeds its grasp, it remains firmly focused on its thesis of Frankenstein as a lens for examining modern society. Throughout Depraved, Fessenden catalogues what personalities and power dynamics have shifted and what hasn’t changed at all. The filmmaker diagnoses the rot of our era through these solipsistic men that pour their prejudices and their insecurities into Adam, an open book eventually read back to its authors with a violence they cultivated themselves.

Read Review HERE

September 9, 2019
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IFC Midnight Launches New Genre Series Planet Midnight- kicks off with DEPRAVED

In partnership with Forbidden Planet, the series kicks off with an advance screening of Larry Fessenden’s “Depraved.”

IFC Midnight and Forbidden Planet announced today the launch of a new sneak-peek screening series and genre film night at IFC Center called Planet Midnight. The new monthly series will kick off September 12 with New York-based horror legend Larry Fessenden’s new film “Depraved” in advance of its Friday, September 13 release. Dedicated to championing defiantly independent genre films and collaborating with partners who share that passion, Planet Midnight will host a variety of undistributed films and new IFC Midnight titles as well as films from other distributors.

For its first screening, Planet Midnight will show “Depraved,” a modern take on Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” by way of Brooklyn. A fixture of New York’s indie film scene, veteran genre writer-director Fessenden teamed up with indie producer and fellow filmmaker Joe Swanberg for his unique vision of the literary classic.

Planet Midnight screenings will be free-of-charge for IFC Midnight newsletter subscribers and include giveaways, special guest appearances, and complimentary popcorn. More information can be found here.

Indiewire has the scoop

September 5, 2019
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Friday the 13th Fessenden’s DEPRAVED Coming to a Theater Near You!

Glass Eye Pix & Forager Film Company
are pleased to announce Larry Fessenden’s DEPRAVED

Coming to Theaters & VOD Friday the 13th of September 

Check Local Listings!

Special screenings at IFC Center, NYC

Q&A with Fessenden and guests
follows these screenings

Thursday, Sept 12 – 9:30PM showtime
(PLANET MIDNIGHT Sneak Peek Screening)
Friday, Sept 13 – 10:00PM showtime
Saturday, Sept 13 – 10:00PM showtime

September 5, 2019
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DEPRAVED coming to a Theater near you!

9/13/2019
Gateway Film Center 
Columbus, OH

9/13/2019
SIE Film Center
Denver, CO

9/13/2019
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Montecillo
El Paso, TX

9/13/2019
Broadway Metro 7
Eugene, OR

9/13/2019
Celebration Cinema Woodland 14
Grand Rapids, MI

9/13/2019
Red Cinemas Midtown Stadium 15
Greensboro, NC

9/13/2019
Marketplace Cinemas
Winston-Salem, NC

9/13/2019
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Vintage Park
Houston, TX

9/13/2019
Screenland Crossroads
Kansas City, MO

9/13/2019
Arena CineLounge – Sunset
Hollywood, CA

9/13/2019
Film Noir Cinema
Brooklyn, NY

9/13/2019
IFC Center
New York, NY

9/13/2019
Barnstorm Theater
The Villages, FL

9/13/2019
PFS Theater at the Roxy
Philadelphia, PA

9/13/2019
Garden 7
Greenfield, MA

9/13/2019
The Loft Cinema
Tucson, AZ

9/13/2019
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Winchester
Winchester, VA

9/28/2019
Alamo Drafthouse Mueller 6
Austin, TX

9/28/2019
Coolidge Corner Theatre
Brookline, MA

9/28/2019
Alamo Drafthouse Park North
San Antonio, TX

10/17/2019
Central Cinema
Knoxville, TN

8/12/2019
Savor Cinema
Fort Lauderdale, FL

8/30/2019
SoHo House Chicago
Chicago, IL

8/30/2019
SoHo House West Hollywood
Los Angeles, CA

8/30/2019
SoHo House Ludlow
New York, NY

8/30/2019
SoHo House NY
New York, NY

8/29/2019
Screenland Armour
North Kansas Cirt, MO