As 2019 was winding down, it dawned on me that I had not watched nearly as many new horror films as I had in years prior. There were several factors at work here, but the bottom line is that I slacked in the viewing department. I did see several horror films released in the past year and many that were very good, such as One Cut of the Dead, Depraved, and Brightburn. But for my list of “top horror of 2019”, I’m choosing to focus on a horror “moment” rather than the top films as I feel it would be more meaningful to me.
Modernizing a classic work of literature or cinema is often times an unenviable task. You can hit a home run but still be second-guessed, or you can completely miss the mark and damage both your reputation and the original at the same time. This was the mission presented before horror genre favorite Larry Fessenden, who took on the Frankenstein mystique with his current film Depraved. Luckily, Fessenden nails the tortured soul saga for today’s uncertain and violent times.
Depraved, which had its premiere at last week’s What The Fest!? at the IFC Center in New York City, presents an interesting take on Mary Shelley’s 1818 literary masterpiece. By bringing it to the big screen with an independent budget, Fessenden (who wrote, produced and directed the Glass Eye Pix production) accomplishes something few other films were able to pull off in recent times: a worthy version of a beloved horror work. What comes to mind to me is the 2010 Italian remake of Tod Browning’s Freaks called Museum of Wonders. Both films can be considered noble successors, though in updating the material to make it more relatable to today Fessenden should be commended. There are dueling messages from the limits of modern science and the race to mimic God, to the horrors of war and the impressions left by those veterans returning to a life considered normal. read more
The first trailer for the upcoming horror film from Glass Eye Pix titled Depraved has been unleashed by the studio. In an exclusive post, Indiewire has unveiled the 34 second spot which combines the eerie imagery one would expect from a modern-day re-imagining of Frankenstein with the jump-cuts so popular with the horror genre. With this being the 200th anniversary of the Mary Shelley literary classic’s release (a year or two off, but who’s counting?), the timing is perfect for the iconic monster to make its triumphant return. And where better than in Brooklyn? read more