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Directed byLarry Fessenden
Produced byLarry Fessenden
Chadd Harbold
Jenn Wexler
Written byLarry Fessenden
Music byWill Bates
CinematographyJames Siewert
Chris Skotchdopole
Edited byLarry Fessenden
Glass Eye Pix
Forager Films
Distributed byIFC Midnight
Release date
  • March 20, 2019 (2019-03-20) (What The Fest?)
Running time
114 minutes
CountryUnited States

Depraved is a 2019 American horror film written and directed by Larry Fessenden and starring David Call and Joshua Leonard.[1] It is a modern version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.[2][3]


Suffering from PTSD following his stint as an army medic, Henry now works feverishly in his Brooklyn laboratory to forget the death he witnessed overseas by creating life in the form of a man cobbled together from body parts. After procuring a brain from an unwitting victim, his creation--Adam--is born. But it soon seems that giving life to Adam was the easy part; teaching him how to live in a dark and troubled world may be perilous.


  • David Call as Henry
  • Joshua Leonard as Polidori
  • Alex Breaux as Adam
  • Ana Kayne as Liz
  • Maria Dizzia as Georgina
  • Chloe Levine as Lucy
  • Owen Campbell as Alex
  • Addison Timlin as Shelley
  • Chris O'Connor as Mr. Beaufort
  • Alice Barrett as Mrs. Beaufort
  • Andrew Lasky as Sam the Bartender
  • Jack Fessenden as Eddie
  • James Tam as Mr. Zhang
  • Zilong Zee as Mr. Ling
  • Noah Le Gros as Soldier Adam
  • John Speredakos as Officer Spano
  • Hope Blackstock as Officer Flores
  • Stormi Maya as Strip Club Bartender
  • Rev Love as Stripper #1
  • Hannah Townsend as Stripper #2


Depraved made its worldwide debut on March 20, 2019 at the IFC Center's What The Fest!? Film Festival.[4] On May 13th that same year, it was announced that IFC Midnight acquired American distribution rights to the film.[5]


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, Depraved holds an approval rating of 87% based on 52 reviews, with an average score of 7.28/10. The site's consensus reads: "A thrillingly effective update on a classic story, Depraved jolts a familiar monster back to life with a potent blend of timely themes and old-school chills".[6] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 68 out of 100, based on 9 critics, indicating "generally positive reviews".[7]

David Ehrlich of IndieWire graded the film a B.[8] Anya Stanley of Dread Central awarded the film three stars out of five.[9] Katie Rife of The A.V. Club awarded the film a B- and found that Fessenden did something interesting with what is "the umpteenth adaptation of a centuries-old classic."[10] Jeannette Catsoulis of The New York Times called it Fessenden's "most coherent and visually polished work to date" while still finding it a little "overlong."[11] TheWrap's William Bibbiani was more critical saying "as a whole it contributes little to the “Frankenstein” tradition, other than a reminder that this has all been done before, mostly better."[12]


  1. ^ Navarro, Meagan (3 June 2019). "[Overlook Review] 'Depraved' Marks a Return to Form for Larry Fessenden". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  2. ^ Jaime Grijalba Gomez (22 March 2019). "What The Fest?! 2019 Review: DEPRAVED Fittingly Pays Tribute to Frankenstein". Screen Anarchy. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  3. ^ Trussell, Jacob (23 March 2019). "'Depraved' Review: Larry Fessenden's 'Frankenstein on the Hudson'". Film School Rejects. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  4. ^ Pedersen, Erik (6 March 2019). "Larry Fessenden's 'Depraved' To Open IFC Center's What The Fest!?". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  5. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (15 May 2019). "Cannes: IFC Midnight Nabs Frankenstein Adaptation 'Depraved' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Depraved (2019) – Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Depraved reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  8. ^ Ehrlich, David (19 March 2019). "'Depraved' Review: Larry Fessenden's No-Budget Delight Brings Frankenstein into the 21st Century". IndieWire. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  9. ^ Stanley, Anya (1 April 2019). "What The Fest 2019: DEPRAVED Review – A Quiet Meditation on Bad Dads and Hubris". Dread Central. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  10. ^ Rife, Katie (September 12, 2019). "Dr. Frankenstein is reborn as a Brooklyn body snatcher in Larry Fessenden's Depraved". The A.V. Club. Retrieved September 21, 2019.
  11. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (September 12, 2019). "'Depraved' Review: Busy Body (Parts)". The New York Times. Retrieved September 21, 2019.
  12. ^ Bibbiani, William (September 12, 2019). "'Depraved' Film Review: Larry Fessenden's Latest Is a Mumblecore Frankenstein". TheWrap. Retrieved September 21, 2019.

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