March 22, 2019
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ANTHEM MAGAZINE: A one-on-one with David Call and Larry Fessenden

This week, the Second Annual What the Fest!? arrived in New York City. The five-day showcase of genre films kicked off with the world premiere of Larry Fessenden’s Depraved, which was shot on the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. In Fessenden’s contemporary take on the literary classic, the Vienna castle is now a Brooklyn loft and the reanimating lightening bolt a miracle drug that’s not yet FDA approved, while the monster—still very much cobbled together from various body parts—is similarly on a profound quest to learn what it means to be human.

Anthem joined Fessenden and Call at B Bar and Grill in Manhattan this week to eavesdrop on this exclusive 1-on-1 conversation and for our photo shoot before Depraved’s premiere at IFC Center.

See Interview HERE

March 21, 2019
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DEPRAVED review round-up!

“Whilst the Frankenstein story has been told hundreds of times across the world of cinema,
Depraved somehow manages to feel completely fresh.”

“a dramatic character piece that will reward those looking
for a thoughtful take on Mary Shelley’s masterpiece.”

“Depraved marks one of Fessenden’s best films to date,
showcasing the director’s ability to craft a memorable,
stylish and creatively astute narrative on a small budget.
His status as a darling of horror and New York indie cinema
has only be reinforced with this feature.”

“A moving drama of post- millennial conflict.”

 “DEPRAVED is an inspired Gowanus-grungy DIY Frankenstein,
with director Larry Fessenden pushing through to the subtext of parentally irresponsible men.
Grabs you with its ideas (and imaginative production moxie). Somebody buy this.”
Josh Rothkopf/ TimeOut NYC

“DEPRAVED might be Larry Fessenden’s best movie yet.
Certainly his best since “Skin and Bones,”
his fantastic 2008 episode of FEAR ITSELF.”
Simon Abrams (Vulture/ Robert Ebert)

March 21, 2019
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Big Night Out: DEPRAVED premiere at WHAT THE FEST!?

March 19, 2019
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IndieWire: DEPRAVED “fun and febrile tale that takes the moral temperature of our time with an almost invasive degree of accuracy.”

‘Depraved’ Review: Larry Fessenden’s No-Budget Delight Brings Frankenstein into the 21st Century

Indie horror maestro Larry Fessenden refashions Mary Shelley’s immortal novel into a modern story of trauma and self-interest.

Hell-bent upon finding evidence of ancient monsters in the modern world (often by exploring how they continue to be reflected in the raw stuff of human nature), Larry Fessenden launched his filmmaking career with a Frankenstein story, and he’s been working his way back to the subject ever since. Traces of Mary Shelley’s mad science can be found in many of the low-budget horror movies that his Glass Eye Pix has produced since 1985, and they’re even more apparent in the ones that he’s directed: From the ecological hubris of “The Last Winter” to the monster-is-us mythicism of “Wendigo” and the selfishness that percolates beneath all of his narratives and bubbled to the surface in “Beneath,” each of his features has dissected a severed limb from Shelley’s foundational story.

Read Full Review HERE

March 19, 2019
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Yellow Veil Pictures boards global sales on Fessenden’s DEPRAVED

New York and Los Angeles-based Yellow Veil Pictures has come on board to handle worldwide sales on genre and industry veteran Larry Fessenden’s horror film Depraved

The title is set to receive its world premiere tomorrow (20) at the IFC Center’s What The Fest?! and is styled as a contemporary reimagining of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Depraved centers on a field surgeon (David Call) who builds a man from body parts in a makeshift lab in Brooklyn. When he succeeds, the surgeon is overcome with remorse and tries to protect his creation (Alex Breaux), although it soon becomes unclear who is in greater need of protection. Joshua Leonard, Ana Kayne, Chloe Levine, and Addison Timlin also star.

Yellow Veil Pictures co-owner Joe Yanick said, “Depraved represents everything that is great about Fessenden’s work. It’s an honour to be able to work with a director I’ve so greatly admired.”

“It is very exciting to be working with Yellow Veil on this project,” said Fessenden, whose New York-based production company Glass Eye Pix produced Depraved alongside and Joe Swanberg’s Forager Film Company. “I am enthused to partner with a young company that is finding its groove in this fickle business, and I look forward to seeing what they can do to get my movie out into capable hands.”

Read Full Article HERE

March 14, 2019
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DEPRAVED teaser on Youtube

March 14, 2019
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Indiewire releases exclusive first trailer of DEPRAVED

From Indiewire: What’s better than a modern take on Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” shot on the novel’s 200th anniversary? A modern take on “Frankenstein” set in Brooklyn. Veteran genre writer-director Larry Fessenden has teamed up with indie producer and fellow filmmaker Joe Swanberg for his unique vision of the literary classic. “Depraved” will make its world premiere as the opening night film of What the Fest!?, a genre festival put on by New York’s IFC Center.

IFC programmers promise it’s “the best film version of the Frankenstein legend in decades,” while an official press release called it a “meditative reimagining of the novel” that “explores the crisis of masculinity and ideas about loneliness, memory and the subtle psychological shocks that shape us as individuals.”

The official synopsis reads: “Alex (Owen Campbell) leaves his girlfriend Lucy (Chloë Levine) after an emotional night, walking the streets alone to get home. From out of nowhere, he is stabbed in a frenzied attack, with the life draining out of him. He awakes to find he is the brain in a body he does not recognize. This creature, Adam (Alex Breaux), has been brought into consciousness by Henry (David Call), a brilliant field surgeon suffering from PTSD after two tours in the Mideast, and his accomplice Polidori (Joshua Leonard), a predator determined to cash in on the experiment that brought Adam to life. Henry is increasingly consumed with remorse over what he’s done and when Adam finally discovers a video documenting his own origin, he goes on a rampage that reverberates through the group and tragedy befalls them all.”

A fixture of New York’s indie film scene, Fessenden 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.” As an actor, he has appeared in Jim Jarmusch’s “Broken Flowers,” Kelly Reichardt’s “Wendy and Lucy,” Martin Scorsese’s “Bringing Out the Dead,” as well as dozens of independent horror films.

Watch Trailer HERE

March 13, 2019
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Dread Central: “Opening Night’s Depraved is quite the coup.”

Dread Central: “Opening Night’s Depraved is quite the coup. What made director Larry Fessenden choose WTF!? to have his World Premiere over other better-known festivals?”

“Larry, first of all, for the little bit I know him, is a beautifully mad man who keeps his filmmaking family and true love for genre close to him. He sensed something last year when [his production] The Ranger was our Closing Night Film. There was a special atmosphere in the air, the audience loved the film, we had a punk band from the film crash the Q and A and we ended up smashing a piñata on the stage… Some form of trust was made then, which is definitely tied into his long-lasting relationship with the IFC Center. He sees What the Fest!? as a place that brings the filmmaker family and love for genre together and wanted to, if one can say so, invest into that. I have an odd feeling he might enjoy giving a middle finger to the system of “premiere at a prestigious festival to be validated as an author.” Plus, we love the film.”

Read full article HERE

March 12, 2019
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Larry Fessenden’s DEPRAVED World Premiere at IFC Center’s What The Fest!?

Glass Eye Pix & Forager Film Company invite you to
the World premiere of Larry Fessenden’s 

and ALEX BREAUX as the monster

The IFC Center
Wed Mar 20, 2019
7:00 PM
March 11, 2019
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Bloody Disgusting: We’ve Sewn Together the First Images From Larry Fessenden’s “Frankenstein”-inspired ‘Depraved’

From Bloody Disgusting

Shot on the 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”, veteran genre writer-director Larry Fessenden’s brings his unique vision of the literary classic in Depraved, which is set to open this year’s What the Fest?! on March 20.

Set in modern Brooklyn, this meditative reimagining of the novel explores the crisis of masculinity and ideas about loneliness, memory and the subtle psychological shocks that shape us as individuals. It’s also executive produced by Joe Swanberg (V/H/S) and produced by Jenn Wexler (The Ranger).

See the exclusive images HERE