July 20, 2015
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Fangoria Revisits Fessenden’s HABIT

Fangoria just released an awesome write-up/revisit on HABIT, written, directed, and starring Fessenden. As writer Ken W. Hanley states, HABIT is “an astoundingly well-made tale of sex, blood and psychological distress that functions as not only a great horror film, but a great film period.”

From the article:

For those unfamiliar with this macabre indie masterpiece, HABIT follows a young, alcoholic man grieving the loss of his father and a recent break-up, who meets an enigmatic young woman at a Halloween party. Soon, he finds himself inexplicably obsessed with the woman, with whom he embarks in a sexually-driven relationship that involves violent nightly trysts and orgasmic bloodletting. However, the man soons finds himself experiencing an inexplicable illness, and as his symptoms become worse, he begins to suspect that his partner may be something more vicious than a vixen.

But to Fessenden’s credit, HABIT doesn’t look like a horror movie; in fact, the style of the film is incredible indicative of the work of his indie contemporaries Abel Ferrara, Jim Jarmusch and Richard Linklater in that there’s a very purposeful, intimate composition of every shot, yet the camera is allowed to breathe and move around. The film’s descent from urban fantasy to hallucinatory fever dream terror is gradual and contemplative but also hypnotic in a sense, and the audience gets almost a claustrophobic sense from the predicament from our hero. And once the film goes firmly into genre territory, it’s completely in line with the narrative, with drives just enough doubt into the situation to ride the line of psychological horror and full-on vampire flick.

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May 27, 2015
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Fessenden talks with Fangoria about WE ARE STILL HERE

Fangoria just posted an awesome interview with Fessenden about Ted Geoghegan’s “neo-fulci fright flick” WE ARE STILL HERE.

From Fangoria:

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For fans of independent horror, the name “Larry Fessenden” should be very familiar. The creator of the NY-based production house Glass Eye Pix, which turns 30 later this year, Fessenden has proven himself as performer, producer and director in the independent horror world, shepherding talents like Ti West, Jim Mickle and Glenn McQuaid while helming fright fare such as WENDIGO, THE LAST WINTER and 2013’s killer fish movie BENEATH. However, Fessenden has been just as busy on-camera as he has been off, appearing in recent projects such as YOU’RE NEXT, HELLBENDERS, LATE PHASES, JUG FACE, I SELL THE DEAD, THE STRAIN and, most recently, Ted Geoghegan’s WE ARE STILL HERE.

Recently, the neo-Fulci chiller played at the incredible Stanley Film Festival, where Fessenden also represented his own TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE LIVE as well as his appearance in Dan Berk and Robert Olsen’s BODY. FANGORIA caught up with Fessenden shortly after the Festival to talk about his multi-faceted macabre role in Geoghegan’s demonic directorial debut…

FANGORIA: Director Ted Geoghegan has been working in various capacities in the NY film world for a while now. How did Ted first approach you for WE ARE STILL HERE?

LARRY FESSENDEN: Well, I’ve known Ted on-and-off for almost ten years; he’s worked with my friend, Glenn McQuaid, and WE ARE STILL HERE was funded by MPI, whom I’ve worked with long enough to know that it was a real deal. That’s the thing I love about MPI: when they say they’re going to make a movie, they do. So I thought it was cool, and Ted asked me if I wanted the role and I said, “Absolutely, whatever it is. It’s so sweet of you to think of me.”

As it turns out, WE ARE STILL HERE was a period piece that took place in the ‘70s; I think ‘79 was what was decided. I really enjoyed the script and loved the character, and I liked that Ted would trust me to have a slightly more substantial role. Normally, I come on to get killed in a film; in WE ARE STILL HERE, I come on, hang out for a while and then get killed in the film. [laughs]

Read on…

January 15, 2015
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GEP Nominations – 2015 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards!

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Nevermind the Oscars; LATE PHASES and GEP pals’ THE SACRAMENT have received nominations for Fango’s 2015 Chainsaw Awards!

LATE PHASES:

Nick Damici for BEST ACTOR

Robert Kurtzman, Brian Spears, for BEST MAKEUP/CREATURE FX

THE SACRAMENT:

THE SACRAMENT, directed by Ti West, for BEST LIMITED-RELEASE/DIRECT-TO-VIDEO FILM

Gene Jones for BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Congrats to all the nominees! Check them all out here.

Here’s how to vote:

E-mail your votes (be sure to vote in all categories, and only once per person; personal e-mails only, no mass ballots) to chainsaw@fangoria.com.

Write-in votes are acceptable in all categories. Deadline for ballots is March 10; winners will be announced in Fango #342 and at Fangoria.com in April.

 

December 15, 2014
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LATE PHASES and THE SACRAMENT on Fango’s Top 10 Horror Films of 2014 List

Glass Eye Pix production LATE PHASES by Adrian Garcia Bogliano makes Fango’s TOP 10 MOVIES OF THE YEAR list, along with Glass Eye Alum Ti West’s film THE SACRAMENT, produced by fellow alums Peter Phok and Jacob Jafke.

From Fangoria.com:

“LATE PHASES” (dir. Adrian Garcia Bogliano, dist. Dark Sky Films)

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A throwback to character-friendly ’80s horror, LATE PHASES is not defined by it’s near-perfect mix of horror and humor, but rather by its charm, which it offers in lieu of genuine heart. And it’s in this way that LATE PHASES is much like its curmudgeonly protagonist in that there’s a lot to like, especially when looking in on the outside, even if there’s something darker and flawed on the inside. But LATE PHASES, while far from perfect, is a winning combination all around, sporting a great cast of dependable genre actors (headed by a career-best Nick Damici) and some of the best practical werewolf SFX in recent memory. Even more impressive is this was all achieved underneath a language barrier, as Adrian Bogliano undertook LATE PHASES as his first English-language production, injecting the project with attitude, confidence and just the right amount of nostalgia. Luckily, Bogliano delivered in spades, as LATE PHASES is an instant addition to the top tier of werewolf horror, and absolutely worthy of your time.

 

“THE SACRAMENT” (dir. Ti West, dist. Magnet Releasing)

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As a longtime Ti West fan, I was highly anticipating THE SACRAMENT since it’s announcement, as his take on a Jonestown-esque scenario would guarantee some remarkable intensity in almost any case. Yet I still think I was wholly unprepared for THE SACRAMENT, which admirably treated its concept with a terrifying and heartbreaking sense of credibility. West brings his natural gift with character to the table with THE SACRAMENT, all through a first person perspective that allows him to play with the spatial nature of his story unlike ever before. But West also piles on his signature brand of unbearable dread, perpetuating it through slow stylistic and dialogue flourishes. And by the time West takes you where you want to go, THE SACRAMENT doesn’t feel like a horror film, but rather an examination of humanity at it’s most desperate, punctuated by a bloody, stark and unforgettable third act that resonates unlike any other of the year.

 

Check out the full list at Fangoria.com

August 1, 2014
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THE ABCs OF DEATH 2 arriving this October!

Just in time for Halloween, Magnet Releasing will unleash THE ABCs OF DEATH 2 on demand this October 2nd, with a theatrical rollout starting on October 31st. This time around, Fessenden is among the eclectic array of talented directors bringing this gruesome alphabet to life. Check out Fangoria’s writeup here!

July 9, 2014
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Fangoria on 5 STATES OF FEAR

Mike Gingold at Fango on the GEP segments of Chiller’s new anthology:

The Chiller channel continues its CHILLING VISIONS anthology film franchise, begun last year with FIVE SENSES OF FEAR, with FIVE STATES OF FEAR, premiering this Friday, July 11 at 9 p.m. Fango got a sneak peek at two episodes, a couple of exclusive photos and words from the directors.

The segments making up CHILLING VISIONS: FIVE STATES OF FEAR include two by the Glass Eye Pix gang, produced by Larry Fessenden and Jennifer Wexler: “The Trouble With Dad,” directed by I SELL THE DEAD’s Glenn McQuaid, written by McQuaid and Clay McLeod Chapman and starring Peter B. Rogan (1st photo below), Bridget Dolan and Chapman; and “The Caregiver,” written and directed by I CAN SEE YOU’s Graham Reznick and starring Jeff Kaplan (2nd photo), Kersten Haile and Mickey Keating. The other three are “Sandy,” written and directed by ANIMAL’s Brett Simmons; “Tick Warning,” written and directed by John Poliquin of the GRAVE ENCOUNTERS movies; and “Ghost Daughter,” written and directed by Zao Wang.

Fango was lucky enough to attend a special screening of “Dad” and “Caregiver,” both taut, creepy tales that make the most of their limited locations and casts, each with a nifty sting in its tail. Watching them was like traveling back to the days of the great Laurel Entertainment TV shows like TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE and MONSTERS, and in a Q&A following the screening with the cast and creators, McQuaid and Reznick noted another past influence as well as, in the former’s case, a personal connection to the material…

Check out the full piece on Fangoria.com.

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April 28, 2014
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Fangoria’s Report on the Stanley Film Fest

From Sam Zimmerman at Fangoria (read the full recap here):

“…Proving horror not just versatile, but essential to our existence were two of the hottest tickets of the weekend: Jennifer Kent’s THE BABADOOK and the wondrous presentation of TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE LIVE: The Stanley Edition, both of which engage the necessity of art’s dark thoughts and themes. The latter truly proved the treat of The Stanley [Full Disclosure: I was lucky enough to be part of the cast]. Directed by Glenn McQuaid and written by McQuaid, Clay McLeod Chapman and independent horror legend Larry Fessenden, the Glass Eye Pix brand of old-fashioned radio drama rendered live on stage is an incredible occasion as actors, composer, sound designer and foley artist collaborate before an audience’s very eyes offering (again) layers of reverent entertainment. You may close your lids for something of an authentic experience, or open and be wowed by the quick-witted work of telling a tale beyond the pale.

The Stanley Edition of TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE boasted diegetic tiers, too. Tailored to the hotel and festival, the story saw Fessenden play an author who looks and sounds like Jack Nicholson (not unlike Fess, himself) retreat to the Stanley for a bit of inspiration, as well as confront his own demons. His story then folds into one he writes, a pulpy werewolf tale that saw the voice talents of Ana Asensio, AJ Bowen (a teen wolf who bites through a placenta), Jocelyn DeBoer and Martin Starr and more. That’s in addition to the amazing audio work from foley artist Chris Skotchdopole and designer John Moros that truly led the experience…”

April 25, 2014
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New “TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE: STANLEY EDITION” Poster

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From Mike Gingold at Fangoria:

“Larry Fessenden and his Glass Eye Pix are helping keep the audio horror drama alive with TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE, and with a new CD set on sale and a live version set to be staged at this weekend’s Stanley Film Festival, they’ve given us the first look at a new poster!

TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE: THE STANLEY EDITION will be staged at the fest (taking place at the haunted Colorado hotel that inspired Stephen King’s THE SHINING) this Saturday, with two brand new stories written specifically for the event by Fessenden, TALES co-creator Glenn McQuaid and frequent collaborator Clay McLeod Chapman. Festival attendees AJ Bowen (THE SACRAMENT), Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer (both from DEAD SNOW: RED VS. DEAD), Ana Asensio and others will be part of the voice cast; the poster…was illustrated by artist Trevor Denham…

Now available at the series’ official website and Amazon.com is the TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE SEASON 2 boxed set, containing four CDs, a DVD and a 12-page booklet. The nasty narratives for this collection, all recorded live at New York City’s Dixon Place, were written by Fessenden, McQuaid, Chapman, YOU’RE NEXT’s Simon Barrett, THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN’s Jeff Buhler, BITTER FEAST’s Joe Maggio, ANNO DRACULA author Kim Newman and short filmmaker/Fango contributor Ashley Thorpe, with voice performers including Sean Young, Vincent D’Onofrio, Mark Margolis, James Le Gros, Michael Cerveris, Kate Lyn Sheil and Jonny Orsini and Fessenden serving as host. The DVD includes the half-hour documentary BEHIND THE CURTAIN and the video-clip collection DISPATCHES FROM SEASON 1. Gary Pullin designed the box, which retails for $25.”

Check out the full post at Fango.

December 19, 2013
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OLD NEWS DEPT: Jack Fessenden in Fangoria article posted Dec 3rd!

From Fangoria.com:

“Zombie “SHOTGUN” short is a Fessenden family affair

A new generation of horror filmmaker debuts with RIDING SHOTGUN, a short film directed by Jack Fessenden, son of New York genre mogul Larry….The half-hour RIDING SHOTGUN was written by Jack and Alex Hoffman, who also star as a couple of teenaged friends driving through upstate New York in the wake of a zombie outbreak. Jack edited and scored the movie, while Larry (who also co-stars) served as director of photography, and the two produced the movie with Beck Underwood.”

Check out behind-the-scenes photos, the trailer, and Jack’s chat with Fangoria here.

August 16, 2013
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Fessenden at Fantasia Frontières: Mortuary Collection and Grizzled Subculture

From Fangoria.com:
Of all the projects being hawked at individual tables at the Frontières International Co-Production Market during Montreal’s Fantasia festival, the one with most attention-grabbing setup was Glass Eye Pix’s horror anthology THE MORTUARY COLLECTION. Read on for the visual and verbal details.
Director Ryan Spindell and producer Brent Kunkle of Glass Eye placed the props seen below to visually represent THE MORTUARY COLLECTION, a four-part tale of terror that will mark Spindell’s feature debut after shorts like KIRKSDALE (which impressed   Continue Reading »