Legendary horror actor-director-producer Larry Fessenden is poised to make his return to the director’s chair with his Frankenstein inspired film Depraved. New details recently came to light during an interview Fessenden had with Daily Dead.
Depraved, “a 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.”
In a funny way, I want to make all the classics again,” Fessenden told the site. “I’ve made a vampire movie. I want to make a werewolf movie, but Frankenstein is one of the greatest creations of pop culture. The original version is a masterpiece, and oddly enough, it’s a story that hasn’t been done that well since. And it’s often attempted. I feel there’s a core theme in that story that I would like to explore and bring it very much back to this idea of loneliness.” He contintued, “It’s about waking up, and you’re someone, and you don’t know who you are or why you are. And then there’s the question of what brought you into this world. In my story, there will be a conflict of the parental figures as the scientist who made him and the other people around him. I’m very interested in the subjective lonely experience of being alive in this world and in this culture, and Frankenstein is such a fantastic, iconic way to look at it. And also, there is the physical body horror aspect to this story, of someone being sewn together, and there’s identity horror, too. There’s so much possibility in it that I’m just overflowing with excitement.”
David Call and Joshua Leonard star, with Alex Breaux playing the role of the monster. Fessenden, Jenn Wexler, and Chadd Harbold will produce the film which begins shooting this month.
Fessenden is behind films such as Wendigo, Beneath, and ABCs of Death 2, and is known for his roles in films like Stake Land 2 and Psychopaths.