Larry Fessenden

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Larry Fessenden
Born Laurence T. Fessenden
(1963-03-23) March 23, 1963 (age 51)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Producer, actor, director, writer

Laurence T. "Larry" Fessenden (born March 23, 1963)[1] is an American producer, writer, director, and actor.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Larry Fessenden was born in New York City, New York.[1] Fessenden comes from a privileged background: his father was a banker, and Fessenden attended Phillips Academy, though he was kicked out.[2] He has operated the production company Glass Eye Pix since 1985.[3] Fessenden was influenced by the old Universal Monsters.[4]

An actor, screenwriter, director and film editor, he has worked, in addition to feature films, on such television projects as the NBC horror anthology Fear Itself, directing the episode Skin and Bones. He wrote the screenplay with Guillermo del Toro of Orphanage, an English-language remake of El Orfanato.

Fessenden has worked as a mentor to young directors, such as Jim Mickle and Ti West.[5] He has been a producer on projects including Rick Alverson's The Comedy, Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy, Ti West's The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers, Joe Maggio's The Last Rites of Joe May, James McKenney's Satan Hates You, and Ilya Chaiken's Liberty Kid. Under his low-budget horror banner ScareFlix, Fessenden has produced films including Jim Mickle's Stake Land, Maggio's Bitter Feast, West's The Roost and Trigger Man, and Glenn McQuaid's I Sell the Dead.

As a character actor, Fessenden has appeared in numerous films, including I Sell the Dead, Neil Jordan's The Brave One, Joe Swanberg's Silver Bullets, Jim Jarmusch's Broken Flowers, Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy, Martin Scorsese's Bringing Out the Dead, Steve Buscemi's Animal Factory, Jim Mickle's Stake Land and Mulberry Street, and Brad Anderson's Vanishing on 7th Street and Session 9. Fessenden stars in Habit and the Sundance pictures Margarita Happy Hour (Chaiken) and River of Grass (Reichardt).

In 2010, Fessenden produced Tales from Beyond the Pale, a 10-episode audio series.[5] In 2011, he released his third rock album with the band Just Desserts.[citation needed]

Awards[edit]

In 2011, Fessenden was inducted into the Fangoria Hall of Fame and was honored by the UK's Total Film as an Icon of Horror during the London FrightFest Film Festival.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

Writer[edit]

  • The Last Winter (2006)
  • Wendigo (2001)
  • Habit (1997)
  • No Telling... aka No Telling (Or the Frankenstein Complex) (1991)
  • Hollow Venus: Diary of a Go-Go Dancer (1989)
  • Habit (1982) (V)
  • A Face in the Crowd (1981)
  • Lifeline (1981) (film short)
  • The Field (1980) (film short)
  • White Trash (1980) (film short)
  • The Eliminator (1979) (film short)

Director[edit]

  • Beneath (2013)
  • The Last Winter (2006)
  • Wendigo (2001)
  • Habit (1997)
  • No Telling... aka No Telling (Or the Frankenstein Complex) (1991)
  • Hollow Venus: Diary of a Go-Go Dancer (1989)
  • Habit (1982) (V)
  • A Face in the Crowd (1981)
  • Lifeline (1981) (film short)
  • The Field (1980) (film short)
  • White Trash (1980) (film short)
  • The Eliminator (1979) (film short)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Southern, Nathan. "Larry Fessenden Biography". Allmovie. Retrieved 2011-08-04 – via The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Adams, Sam (2009-08-31). "Larry Fessenden". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  3. ^ Truitt, Brian (2013-06-25). "Sunday Geekersation: The many horrors of Larry Fessenden". USA Today. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  4. ^ "Icons Interview with Larry Fessenden". IconsOfFright.com. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  5. ^ a b Kohn, Eric (2011-04-15). "A Kingmaker in the Realm of Cheapie Horror". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  6. ^ "Larry Fessenden and Gualberto Baña receive the Honorary Maria Award in Sitges 07'". 

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