June 5, 2015
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NYT: In ‘We Are Still Here,’ Ghostly Inhabitants Can Be the Toughest to Evict

WASHstillFrom the NEW YORK TIMES:

“The Sacchettis’ friend May (Lisa Marie, of “Ed Wood” and “Mars Attacks”), who dabbles in the paranormal, comes to investigate Anne’s hopeful sense that Bobby’s spirit is in the house.

Some of the scariest and funniest bits come from May’s husband, Jacob, the veteran horror actor Larry Fessenden (director of “Wendigo”), who reaches back to “The Shining” and Jack Nicholson’s crazy eyes, and draws on the archetypal genre battle for a human soul, “The Exorcist,” as he wrestles with a demon. (He loses and has to swallow a nasty-looking gym sock.)”

Read Full review in the New York Times

March 19, 2015
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WE ARE STILL HERE Review: “Entertaining Chiller”

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“genre fans with a sense of history should make this entertaining chiller a sought-after item for midnight slots, and a welcome pickup for specialty home-format distribbers.”

“A rare horror exercise whose characters are nearly all well into middle age, “We Are Still Here” introduces the Sacchettis as they drive toward their new home in upstate New York in the dead of winter. Both are grieving the recent loss of their only child, Bobby, in a car accident, but hope the move will provide some distance from that tragedy for Anne (Barbara Crampton, “Re-Animator”) in particular, who’s clearly suffering from major depression. To the dismay of her husband, Paul (Andrew Sensenig), however, she immediately claims to feel Bobby’s “presence” in their new digs.”

more from Dennis Harvey’s Review at Variety.

December 2, 2014
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Review: LATE PHASES “immensely entertaining,”

From SUindependent.com:

It should come as no surprise that Late Phases was produced by Larry Fessenden’s Glass Eye Pix, a studio known for ushering in unique genre talent and for shepherding horror projects that really have something to say. Father/son relationships, growing older, living with the scars of war, wrestling with religion, etc., Late Phases isn’t simply a werewolf picture. It has a lot more upstairs than your typical monster movie.

Read the full review here.

Check out LATE PHASES in theaters, or see it On Demand and streaming services including Sony Entertainment Network, Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Vudu, and Google Play.

March 27, 2014
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Daily Dead on Beneath

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From Derek Anderson at Daily Dead:

They thought they were friends. A man-eating fish proved them wrong. In director Larry Fessenden’sBeneath, six recently graduated high school friends cross paths with a massive, sharp-toothed fish on the secluded Black Lake. Confronted with a life-or-death situation, the teens discover how weak their bond really is as tempers rise, panic sets in, and the fish opens its jaws for the next meal.

Warned not to go out on Black Lake by family friend Mr. Parks (Mark Margolis), Johnny (Daniel Zovatto) leads his pack of pals out on the water one morning, anyway, figuring they’ll just cross to the other side in their rowboat. Besides, this is his big chance to reconnect with ex-girlfriend Kitty (Bonnie Dennison), even though her alpha male current boyfriend Matt (Chris Conroy) is along for the ride. Matt’s academic scholarship-receiving brother Simon (Jonny Orsini) also pines for Kitty, while sporty Deb (Mackenzie Rosman) just wants to make some final lasting memories with the gang. Aspiring filmmaker Zeke (Griffin Newman) seeks to capture these good times on the GoPro camera attached to his wrist. But when the lake’s freakishly large fish appears during a mid-lake swim, the group’s carefree day takes a hellish turn.

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December 20, 2013
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New York Times Review: ALL THE LIGHT IN THE SKY

From Stephen Holden at the New York Times:

“The cosmic and the microscopic are casually — and delicately — juxtaposed in “All the Light in the Sky,” an evocative, slightly melancholic movie directed and photographed by the prolific mumblecore auteur Joe Swanberg. This portrait of a middle-aged actress in Los Angeles who makes a decent living as a Hollywood bit player but worries about the future, is bolstered by the astoundingly natural performance of Jane Adams (“Happiness,” “Hung”)…What plot there is revolves around a visit by Marie’s 25-year-old niece, Faye (Sophia Takal), an aspiring actress. The two women compare the difference between breasts at 45 and 25, and you feel Marie’s resignation to her decline with the passing of time. There is a party where Faye overindulges and Marie and her friend Rusty (Larry Fessenden) have a conversation in which he does spot-on Jack Nicholson imitations…Without preaching, “All the Light in the Sky” poses questions that are worth asking, even if we know the answers. Why do people build houses that they know will eventually be swallowed by the sea? How do we keep up our spirits with the realization that no matter what we do, there is no turning back the clock? Is it possible to deal with the future when it’s all you can do to savor the beauty of the moment?”

Read the full review here. ALL THE LIGHT IN THE SKY is now playing in New York at Cinema Village.

October 3, 2013
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Horror-Punks: BOTLD is “Must-see documentary for all horror fans”

“There is no other single film that has ever impacted the horror world the way that Night of the Living Dead has. No other film. I wont even hear the argument. It isn’t my favorite film, and it isn’t even my favorite Romero film… but still… this movie changed everything. Horror, sci-fi, and pop-culture at large… everything was different once this film broke out. Different and better.
With that in mind, it makes sense that there are countless (and I mean   Continue Reading »

August 5, 2013
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JUG FACE Hits Select Theaters August 9th

JUG FACE, starring Fessenden alongside Lauren Ashley Carter, Sean Young, Daniel Manche, and Sean Bridgers, opens in select theaters August 9th (find out where it’s playing here) and is also On Demand and streaming on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video.
JUG FACE Film Review From SciFiNow:
Indie horror debut Jug Face is a compelling and complex must-see.
The opening minutes of Chad Crawford Kinkle’s debut film Jug Face might feel familiar. We have the backwoods community with its archaic customs, we have something   Continue Reading »

July 18, 2013
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Twitch on BENEATH: “Walks the Line Between Straight-Faced and Winking”

BENEATH Review From Twitch:
Larry Fessenden takes the old fashioned horror-as-allegory approach to his work. Recently (though Beneath is his first feature in nearly seven years) this has meant adapting the environmental horror aesthetic of 70s films like The Boogens to the present decade by using an inspired minimalism. His technique in Beneath owes more to ʻsuspenseʼ films like The Birds than it does to the explicit gore of more famous 80s slashers and the last decade’s torture horror.
Beneath, however, could   Continue Reading »

July 16, 2013
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BENEATH Review – RogerEbert.com

From Simon Abrams at RogerEbert.com—
As a horror spoof, “Beneath” is and isn’t what it looks like. If you’ve ever seen “Jaws,” or “Friday the 13th,” you are already familiar with the film’s plot. A group of dimwitted horny teenagers celebrate the end of high school with a canoe trip, but are attacked by a giant man-eating catfish. “Beneath” is similar to “Piranha 3D” in that its creators encourage viewers to roll their eyes at the movie’s distressingly callow meat puppet   Continue Reading »