July 7, 2017
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AV Club: Larry Fessenden’s post-horror movies

As luck would have it, I was settling in for a Larry Fessenden double feature the same night that Twitter—or, at least, the small corner of the platform occupied by film writers and cinephiles—was working itself into a tizzy about an article in The Guardian postulating a new subgenre of “post-horror.” The basic thrust of the Guardian article is that recent films like It Comes At Night and A Ghost Story are changing the horror paradigm by adding talky drama elements to genre narratives, which is exactly what Larry Fessenden was doing in the ‘90s. His 1991 debut feature No Telling combines a Cassavetes-esque relationship drama about a marriage in decline with the bare-bones structure of the Frankenstein myth, as an obsessive medical researcher turns to neighborhood pets after he finds himself unable to procure the animals he’s convinced he needs to complete his research. The result is rather like a naturalistic take on Re-Animator cut together with scenes from A Woman Under The Influence, as strange as that may sound.

That particular film also touches on themes of animal rights and environmentalism, displaying a social consciousness that was developed more fully in Fessenden’s follow-up film, 1995’s Habit. Like this year’s Colossal, Habit uses an alcoholic protagonist as a metaphor to tie in with the film’s fantastic elements; in this case, it’s Lower East Side resident Sam (Fessenden), who’s been a complete drunken mess ever since his girlfriend broke up with him and his father died within a few months of each other. Meeting the enigmatic Anna (Meredith Snaider) at a Halloween party ignites an obsessive affair unlike anything Sam has ever experienced in his life, but as their nightly rendezvous grow more intense, Sam starts feeling, well, ill. Blending classical vampire imagery—Anna is allergic to garlic, and can’t come in to Sam’s apartment without an invitation—with the pervasive fear of AIDS that hung over every sexually active person in the ‘90s, Habit is not only a metaphorically rich horror-drama hybrid, but a time capsule of the last gasp of bohemia in downtown Manhattan.

Both of these films are available in Shout! Factory’s Larry Fessenden Collection boxed set, and No Telling is also currently streaming on Shudder.

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April 22, 2016
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Earth Day with GEP

Delve into the mind of an individual who is pissed off at the hubris of humanity.
Check out the many ecologically-themed works of Larry Fessenden.

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December 18, 2015
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DVD BEAVER on The Fessenden Collection: “WOW, WHAT A SET!”

Firstly, WOW – what a set! We get the features on four separate dual-layeredBlu-ray discs loaded with extras. Shamefully, all I knew about Larry Fessenden was that he wrote the booklet available with the Kelly Reichardt Collection citing him as a collaborator. And it was excellent. Kudos to my buddy Colin for alerting me to this as a worthy purchase. Was he ever right!

What makes me recommended this so strongly are the films – criminally under-rated – Mr. Fessenden is a force and I love his style. These are cool, if totally imperfect, flics – Wendigo (always had a thing for Clarkson) especially made my day, but Habit is remarkably chilling. I was a shade uncomfortable with No Telling but was swept right up in The Last Winter. I LOVE being introduced to new auteurs like this wayward genius, styles and signatures. The films are weak in some areas but offer strength in visuals. Fessenden’s works here thrilled me. I wish I had a set like this every week to cover. Our highest recommendation to those with an open mind and who appreciate the lower-budgeted horror genre! I’m a fan of Larry Fessenden!

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Read the review at DVD Beaver

December 2, 2015
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Daily Dead Reviews FESSENDEN COLLECTION

Patrick Bromley over at Daily Dead just wrote a review of THE LARRY FESSENDEN COLLECTION.

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“If ever there was to be a Mt. Rushmore of modern horror, there’s no question that the face of Larry Fessenden would get prominent placement. One of the patron saints of indie horror, Fessenden is a true auteur and a true original whose incredible career is now being celebrated with the Scream Factory release of The Larry Fessenden Collection, containing four of his films and hours of bonus features that help illuminate just what a vital voice Fessenden has been in the genre for more than three decades. This is one of the best horror releases of the year … Scream Factory has done such great work with The Larry Fessenden Collection that it’s one of those rare cases where the supplemental content is every bit as good as the film(s) it’s supporting.”

Read on for the full review. 

October 20, 2015
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Entertainment Weekly: THE FESSENDEN COLLECTION Released Today, October 20.

FROM EW:

ike some rubber axe-wielding Howard Stern, filmmaker Larry Fessenden is fast becoming the King of All Horror Media. With frequent collaborator Graham Reznick he wrote the 10,000-page script for last August’s video game Until Dawn and he is currently overseeing the third season of his creepy audio drama series Tales From Beyond the Pale, with another longtime associate Glenn McQuaid.

As an actor, Fessenden’s recent credits include FX’s The Strain and the now-available-on-Blu-ray We Are Still Here as well as director Mickey Keating’s forthcoming fright machine Darling and Joe Begos’ telekenesis action-thriller, The Mnd’s Eye. Finally, today, Scream Factory is releasing The Larry Fessenden Collection, a Blu-ray set which rounds up the director’s first four films (No TellingHabitWendigo, and The Last Winter) together with an impressive array of extras, not least the best animated short you’re ever likely to see about a werewolf Santa Claus.

And don’t forget — Today’s the release of THE LARRY FESSENDEN COLLECTION – collecting NO TELLING (1991), HABIT (1995), WENDIGO (2001), and THE LAST WINTER (2006) on Blu-Ray, with tons of special features, a 24-page book of liner notes, and more.

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And see what Fessenden says is the scariest movie to watch this Halloween… all at Enteretainment Weekly

 

 

October 9, 2015
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IFC Center Hosts Glass Eye Pix: 30th Anniversary Tribute

NYC’s IFC Center celebrates Glass Eye Pix’s 30th Anniversary with Glass Eye Pix: 30th Anniversary Tribute, a series of special screenings throughout October and into November. Screenings include GEP horror classics like NO TELLING and THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, as well as some of GEP’s non-horror films like WENDY AND LUCY and THE COMEDY.

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Read on for a full listing of screenings at IFC’s Glass Eye Pix: 30th Anniversary Tribute.

September 17, 2015
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THE LARRY FESSENDEN COLLECTION Special Features Announced

Dread Central has details on the special features coming with Scream Factory’s release of THE LARRY FESSENDEN COLLECTION, which collects Fessenden’s NO TELLING, HABIT, WENDIGO, and THE LAST WINTER.

Scream Factory, in conjunction with IFC Midnight, will bring together four critically-acclaimed films by this multi-talented filmmaker with the release of the four-disc The Larry Fessenden Collection on Blu-ray on October 20, 2015. Marking the first time these films have been available on Blu-ray, The Larry Fessenden Collection includes No Telling, Habit, Wendigo, and The Last Winter and features new, director-supervised HD transfers. The first three hundred fans who pre-order their copies from ShoutFactory.com will have their slipcase signed by Larry Fessenden.

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Read on for full details.

July 8, 2015
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Shout! Factory – The Larry Fessenden Collection Artwork Revealed!

Shout! Factory just released the artwork for the special Larry Fessenden Collection Blu-Ray release!

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From Shout! Factory’s Facebook Page:

Four tales of terror from the multi-talented filmmaker Larry Fessenden will be making their Blu-ray debuts on October 20th within THE LARRY FESSENDEN COLLECTION. As reported back in June, the films are NO TELLING (1991), HABIT (1995), WENDIGO (2001) and THE LAST WINTER (2006).

Extras on the 4-disc set will be announced at a later date but we can officially share the final artwork (provided from the Director himself) and also an exclusive offer if you order from us directly: The set will ship two weeks earlier than national street date PLUS the first 300 who order will received a signed slipcase from Mr. Fessenden himself!

Pre-Order the collection now!

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June 5, 2015
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Fessenden Box Set out on Scream Factory in October

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April 8, 2015
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LISTEN UP TORONTO! Head over to The Black Museum Tonight!

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APRIL 8, 2015
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: THE FILMS OF LARRY FESSENDEN
As a film director, Larry Fessenden has crafted several of the most indelible and idiosyncratic horror movies of the last 25 years, from the urban vampire tale Habit to the visionary and environmental apocalypse of The Last Winter. But he’s also had a major impact on the independent filmmaking landscape as a producer of genre films, including the work of Ti West, as well as via his collaboration with the acclaimed writer-director Kelly Reichardt, who cast Fessenden as the uneasy-riding star of her breakthrough road movie River of Grass. As Fessenden’s Glass eye Pix production company celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2015, the time seems right to survey the career of a brilliantly expressive filmmaker whose clever, palpably handcrafted films honor the noble B-movie tradition of tackling social issues without sacrificing scares. This lecture, specially created for The Black Museum, will weave together critical commentary with clips from Fessenden’s films, including his recent killer-catfish film Beneath.

April 8, 2015 at 9:15pm
The Royal Cinema, 608 College St, Toronto
Cost: $12 advance / $15 at the door

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LECTURER: ADAM NAYMAN
Adam Nayman is a film critic in Toronto and a contributing editor to Cinema Scope. His writing has appeared in The Walrus, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Reverse Shot and the Village Voice, and he teaches Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto. His first book, It Doesn’ Suck: Showgirls, was published in 2014 by ECW Press