This is news that gets me excited. Writer/Director Larry Fessenden, who has previously graced the world with such stupendous films as WENDIGO, THE LAST WINTER, and BENEATH, is taking a stab at Frankenstein! Here’s the official spiel for the film DEPRAVED, due out on the festival circuit this month:
“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.”
This is chockfull of glorious references and homages. The mad scientist named Henry—might that be a reference to Henry Frankenstein, the character portrayed by Colin Clive in the 1931 Universal classic FRANKENSTEIN? (They changed the mad doctor’s name for the flick; in the novel his name is Victor.) And Polidori is obviously based on John Polidori, who was present with Mary Shelley when she began work on her legendary novel, the same Polidori who wrote THE VAMPYRE. And the Frankenstein Monster is often referred to as “Adam.” Sure seems like Fessenden has done his homework. Not that I would have expected any less.
Check out these publicity shots courtesy of Bloody Disgusting.