Our unofficial ‘Frankenstein’ month continues here at Nightmare on Film Street. with production news of Larry Fessenden’s upcoming Depraved. We’ve been talking about the re-animated dead all month long to help celebrate the Mary Shelley horror classic’s 200th birthday. Not only did we discuss the Kenneth Branagh adaptation of Frankenstein last week on the podcast, but we’ve got a host of franken-feature themed discussions headed your way over the next few weeks.

And, it seems the iconic tale keeps on inspiring, as we’ve caught word today that actor and filmmaker Larry Fessenden’s Depraved is currently in production. Fessenden will direct, wrote the script and will serve as producer of the upcoming film. Though not a direct adaptation, the project is being called a “re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s timeless classic“, so we can likely expect a more modern setting and perhaps a few less lynch mobs. Perhaps. 

    Larry Fessenden in River of Grass (1994)Larry Fessenden in River of Grass (1994)

From the Press Release:

Larry Fessenden, NYC’s independent horror auteur (HABIT, WENDIGO, THE LAST WINTER), is set to direct DEPRAVED from his own script. The contemporary re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s timeless classic Frankenstein centers on Henry, a field surgeon suffering from PTSD after combat in the Middle East, who creates a man out of body parts in a makeshift lab in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The creature he creates must navigate a strange new world and the rivalry between Henry and his conniving collaborator Polidori.

The film is set to star David Call, Joshua Leonard and Alex Breaux as the monster. Casting directors Sig de Miguel and Stephen Vincent have assembled a stellar lineup of supporting players.


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The film marks a partnership between Fessenden’s long-running, award-winning company Glass Eye Pix (LIKE ME, MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND, THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, WENDY AND LUCY, STAKE LAND) and Forager Film Company (LITTLE SISTER, WIN IT ALL), a film collective run by Joe Swanberg (EASY, HAPPY CHRISTMAS) Peter Gilbert (HOOP DREAMS, VIETNAM LONG TIME COMING), and Edwin Linker (GOLDEN EXITS). The deal was brokered by Andrew Mer, who will serve as Executive Producer.

DEPRAVED will be produced by long-time Glass Eye Pix collaborator Jenn Wexler (producer of the SXSW Grand Jury prize winner and Spirit Award Nominee MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND, as well as DARLING, PSYCHOPATHS and LIKE ME; director of the forthcoming THE RANGER) and Chadd Harbold (producer of MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND and BODY; director of LONG NIGHTS SHORT MORNINGS). Fessenden also produces.

Says Fessenden: “I am very grateful to have Forager support this deeply personal and visceral take on the Frankenstein story. I’ve been moved by the iconic character since childhood and it is a great thrill to try to put my version on screen.”


Joe Swanberg of Forager adds: “Larry Fessenden has consistently made groundbreaking, intelligent, socially relevant films in addition to shepherding some of the most important young voices in genre filmmaking. We could not be more excited to collaborate with him on this project. ”

DEPRAVED will lens in February with cinematographers James Siewert (LIKE ME, THE RANGER, THE PAST INSIDE THE PRESENT) and Chris Scotchdopole (THE EGG AND THE HATCHET).

Call is repped by The Gersh Agency and managed by Sandra Chang at Anonymous Content. Leonard is repped by Matt Goldman at Silver Lining Entertainment. Breaux is repped by Katie Britton at MJ Management.