IFC Midnight Grabs Larry Fessenden’s Modern Frankenstein Adaptation, ‘Depraved’

We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that IFC Midnight has snatched up the US rights to Larry Fessenden’s contemporary Prometheus tale, Depraved. In his first full length directing project since 2013’s Beneath, Fessenden brings the ultimate monster to the screen, one that is full of anger, frustration and, most of all, loneliness. I’ve watched and reviewed the film, and I’m here to say that Larry Fessenden (read our interview with him here) has done it again. For a film this heavy, only IFC Midnight can handle the weight.

Called “a modern Frankenstein adaptation,” Depraved tells the tale of tortured young doctor Henry who only wants to forget what he saw in the war. When given the opportunity to redeem himself through his buddy, Polidori’s, experiments with life and death, Henry helps to create the greatest conundrum – a man born of other men, with no mother and no soul. And now, IFC Midnight can share it with the world.

Check out the press release from IFC Midnight below:

IFC Midnight announced today that it is acquiring U.S. rights to Larry Fessenden’s Depraved, his modern, Brooklyn-set Frankenstein adaptation. The film stars David Call (The Sinner TV series), Joshua Leonard (The Blair Witch Project 1999), Alex Breaux (Bushwick 2017), Ana Kayne (Another Earth 2011), Chloë Levine (The Transfiguration 2016 [read our review here], The Ranger 2018 [read our review here]), and Addison Timlin (The Town That Dreaded Sundown 2014). The film world premiered in March at the IFC Center’s WhatTheFest?! and can next be seen at The Overlook Film Festival in New Orleans. It will then will make its international premiere at Sydney Film Festival next month.

Fessenden, who heads the celebrated indie horror production house Glass Eye Pix, wrote the film and produced alongside Jenn Wexler [read our interview with her here] and Chadd Harbold. Joe Swanberg, Edwin Linker, and Peter Gilbert served as executive producers for Forager Film Company and Andrew Mer was co-executive producer. No stranger to genre fans, Larry Fessenden has been a producer and actor on many break-out genre films from the past decade that have premiered at SXSW, Tribeca, Fantastic Fest and Sundance, and Depraved marks his bold return to the director’s seat. IFC Midnight is planning a fall release.

Larry Fessenden had this to say:

“I am truly jazzed to partner up again with IFC; they handle my whole canon of films and it feels like home. I look forward to getting this very personal monster movie out to the public in time for the Halloween season. Let’s do this!”

The deal for the film was negotiated by Adam Koehler, Acquisitions Coordinator at IFC Films/Sundance Selects/IFC Midnight and Hugues Barbier, Justin Timms, and Joe Yanick of Yellow Veil Pictures on behalf of the filmmakers. Yellow Veil Pictures will launch international sales on the title at this month’s Marché du Film at Cannes Film Festival, DEPRAVED will screen for international buyers on May 19th.

Who else is excited to see Depraved on IFC Midnight this fall? I’m just thrilled that more people will see it. It’s that good!

About Tracy Allen

As the co-owner and Editor-in-Chief of PopHorror.com, Tracy has learned a lot about independent horror films and the people who love them. Now an approved critic for Rotten Tomatoes, she hopes the masses will follow her reviews back to PopHorror and learn more about the creativity and uniqueness of indie horror movies.

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