Canadian Premiere
Selection 2019


Directed by Larry Fessenden


Official selection

What The Fest!? 2019, Overlook Film Festival 2019, Syndey Film Festival 2019


Larry Fessenden


Larry Fessenden


Alex Breaux, David Call, Joshua Leonard


Larry Fessenden, Chadd Harbold, Jenn Wexler


Larry Fessenden


Yellow Veil Pictures

USA 2019 114 mins OV English

"A fun and febrile tale that takes the moral temperature of our time with an almost invasive degree of accuracy”
David Ehrlich, INDIEWIRE

"A truly special moment in the lineage of a beloved movie monster, Fessenden has crafted the best take on Frankenstein since Shelley herself”

A man (Alex Breaux) wakes up in an unfamiliar environment, confused and uncertain of who and where he is, his body covered with scars. He is greeted by a man named Henry (David Call), who calls him Adam and begins to educate him — but is reluctant to let him experience the outside world. Henry’s friend Polidori (Joshua Leonard) is more willing to take Adam on jaunts to everything from an art museum to a strip club. What Adam doesn’t realize at first is that he is Henry’s creation, a laboratory-created being with a stolen brain, and an experiment backed by Polidori, a Big Pharma executive who sees Adam as a tool to secure financing. The more Adam learns about who he really is, and the more he ventures outside Henry’s loft, the more confused he becomes. And with that confusion comes the inevitability that Adam will lash out in violent ways.

New York City horror auteur Larry Fessenden’s first film NO TELLING was subtitled THE FRANKENSTEIN COMPLEX, and now he tackles a more direct adaptation of Mary Shelley’s timeless tale. As always, he finds a distinctly personal way to shape classic themes, by telling the story from the point of view of the “monster.” Breaux’s Adam harks back to the great Boris Karloff tradition of the patchwork man as an innocent perverted toward brutality, while the actor and Fessenden bestow him with a sensitivity and complexity unseen in the typical Frankenstein flick. Meanwhile, the filmmaker invests DEPRAVED with very modern themes of parental responsibility, homemade technology gone wrong and pharmaceutical abuses, all while delivering the goods on the genre level and suffusing the movie with gritty streets-of-New-York atmosphere reminiscent of his vampire opus HABIT. With DEPRAVED, Fessenden has created a monster with a resonance that will creep into your own brain and stay there. – Michael Gingold