Just in time for the 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”, IFC Midnight announced today that it is acquiring U.S. rights to Larry Fessenden’s Depraved, the veteran genre filmmaker's modern Brooklyn-set "Frankenstein" adaptation.
Depraved is a contemporary reimagining of the seminal tale centered on a field surgeon who creates a man out of body parts in a makeshift lab in Brooklyn.
In the film, “Alex (Owen Campbell) leaves his girlfriend Lucy (Chloë Levine) after an emotional night, walking the streets alone to get home. From out of nowhere, he is stabbed in a frenzied attack, with the life draining out of him. He awakes to find he is the brain in a body he does not recognize. This creature, Adam (Alex Breaux), has been brought into consciousness by Henry (David Call), a brilliant field surgeon suffering from PTSD after two tours in the Mideast, and his accomplice Polidori (Joshua Leonard), a predator determined to cash in on the experiment that brought Adam to life. Henry is increasingly consumed with remorse over what he’s done and when Adam finally discovers a video documenting his own origin, he goes on a rampage that reverberates through the group and tragedy befalls them all.”
Depraved also stars Ana Kayne (Another Earth) and Addison Timlin (The Town That Dreaded Sundown).
Fessenden, who heads the celebrated indie horror production house Glass Eye Pix, wrote the film and produced alongside Jenn Wexler (The Ranger) 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.
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, and then will make its international premiere at Sydney Film Festival next month.
Check out the first teaser trailer below.