Larry Fessenden

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Larry Fessenden
Larry Fessenden in August 2010
Born Laurence T. Fessenden
(1963-03-23) March 23, 1963 (age 54)
New York City, New York, U.S.
  • Actor
  • producer
  • screenwriter
  • director
  • film editor
  • cinematographer
Years active 1978–present
Spouse(s) Beck Underwood (1 child)

Laurence T. "Larry" Fessenden (born March 23, 1963)[1] is an American actor, producer, writer, director, film editor, and cinematographer.[1] He has starred in films such as The Last Winter (2006), I Can See You (2008), Bitter Feast (2010), You're Next (2011), and We Are Still Here (2015). His screenwriting efforts include Habit (1997), Wendigo (2001), and The Last Winter (2006), all of which he also directed. He has also directed Beneath (2013), and a segment of the anthology horror comedy film The ABCs of Death 2 (2014).

Personal life[edit]

Larry Fessenden was born in New York City, New York.[1] he attended St. Bernard's School, then Phillips Academy, from which he was expelled.[2] He is married to Beck Underwood and the couple has one child.


Fessenden 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 (2008), directing the episode "Skin and Bones". He wrote the screenplay of Orphanage (2007) with Guillermo del Toro, an English-language remake of El Orfanato.[5]

Fessenden has worked as a mentor to young directors, such as Jim Mickle and Ti West.[6] He has been a producer on projects including Ilya Chaiken's Liberty Kid (2007), Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy (2008), James McKenney's Satan Hates You (2010), West's The House of the Devil (2009) and The Innkeepers (2011), Joe Maggio's The Last Rites of Joe May (2011), and Rick Alverson's The Comedy (2012). Under his low-budget horror banner ScareFlix, Fessenden has produced films including West's The Roost (2005) and Trigger Man (2007), Glenn McQuaid's I Sell the Dead (2008), Maggio's Bitter Feast (2010), and Mickle's Stake Land (2010).

As a character actor, Fessenden has appeared in numerous films, including Martin Scorsese's Bringing Out the Dead (1999), Steve Buscemi's Animal Factory (2000), Brad Anderson's Session 9 (2001) and Vanishing on 7th Street (2010), Jim Jarmusch's Broken Flowers (2005), Neil Jordan's The Brave One (2007), McQuaid's I Sell the Dead (2008), Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy (2008), Mickle's Mulberry Street (2006) and Stake Land (2010), and Joe Swanberg's Silver Bullets (2011). Fessenden stars in and has directed the films Habit (1997), Wendigo (2001), and The Last Winter (2006).[7] Fessenden also starred in the Sundance Film Festival pictures River of Grass (1994) directed by Reichardt, and Margarita Happy Hour (2001) directed by Chaiken.

In 2010, Fessenden produced Tales from Beyond the Pale, a 10-episode audio series.[6] In 2011, he released his third rock album with the band Just Desserts.[8] In 2012, he executive produced and was interviewed in the documentary Birth of the Dead, which examines the legacy of Night of the Living Dead.[9] In 2015, he starred alongside Alexandra Turshen and Lauren Molina in the thriller Body[10] and portrayed Smith in the mystery thriller film Pod,[11] in which he also acted as executive producer.[12] Fessenden will star alongside Noah Segan as one of the leads in Joe Begos' revenge thriller The Mind's Eye.[13][14]

In 2015, Fessenden voiced the DJ in the horror anthology Southbound and played the role of a mysterious stranger armed with a flamethrower in interactive game Until Dawn.[15] In 2016, he produced and co-starred in his son Jack's feature debut, Stray Bullets.[16]

Awards and honors[edit]




As actor[edit]

As writer[edit]

  • "Until Dawn: Rush of Blood" (2016) (Video Game)
  • Until Dawn (2015) (Video game)
  • Santa Claws (2008) (Short)
  • The Last Winter (2006)
  • Wendigo (2001)
  • Habit (1997)
  • No Telling (1991)
  • Hollow Venus: Diary of a Go-Go Dancer (1989)
  • Habit (1982) (V)
  • A Face in the Crowd (1981)
  • Lifeline (1981) (Short)
  • The Field (1980) (Short)
  • White Trash (1980) (Short)
  • The Eliminator (1979) (Short)

As director[edit]

  • The ABCs of Death 2 (2014) (Segment: "N is for Nexus")
  • Frankenstein Cannot Be Stopped (2014) (Video short)
  • Beneath (2013)
  • Fear Itself (2008) (TV series; episode: "Skin and Bones")
  • The Last Winter (2006)
  • Searching for the Wendigo (2002) (Documentary short)
  • Wendigo (2001)
  • Habit (1997)
  • No Telling (1991)
  • Hollow Venus: Diary of a Go-Go Dancer (1989)
  • Stunt: A Musical Motion Picture (1989) (Short)
  • Mismatch (1987) (Documentary short)
  • Chinatown (1986) (Documentary short)
  • Experienced Movers (1985)
  • Habit (1982) (Video)
  • A Face in the Crowd (1981)
  • Lifeline (1981) (Short)
  • The Field (1980) (Short)
  • White Trash (1980) (Short)
  • The Eliminator (1979) (Short)
  • Jaws (1978) (Short)

As Producer[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Southern, Nathan. "Larry Fessenden Biography". Allmovie. Retrieved August 4, 2011 – via The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Adams, Sam (August 31, 2009). "Larry Fessenden". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ Truitt, Brian (2013-06-25). "Sunday Geekersation: The many horrors of Larry Fessenden". USA Today. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Icons Interview with Larry Fessenden". Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ "New York horror mogul Larry Fessenden". Fangoria. 
  6. ^ a b Kohn, Eric (April 15, 2011). "A Kingmaker in the Realm of Cheapie Horror". The New York Times. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Larry Fessenden". Fangoria. 
  8. ^ Sojourn Records - Just Desserts
  9. ^ Casciato, Cory (October 23, 2013). "Larry Fessenden on Birth of the Living Dead". Westword. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  10. ^ 'Body' Trailer Delivers Horror On Christmas!
  11. ^ Lauren Ashley Carter, Dean Cates, Brian Morvant, Larry Fessenden, and John Weselcouch star in Pod
  12. ^ POD
  13. ^ Joe Begos Enters The Mind's Eye with Telekinetic Revenge Thriller
  14. ^ “ALMOST HUMAN” Director Returns with "THyrE MIND's EYE"
  15. ^ Graham, Roy (2015-10-26). "Here's What Happens When Great Indie Horror Directors Make a Video Game". IndieWire. Retrieved 2017-02-24. 
  16. ^ McDonagh, Maitland (February 8, 2017). "High School Auteur: Teenager Jack Fessenden makes an auspicious genre feature debut with Stray Bullets". Film Journal International. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Larry Fessenden and Gualberto Baña receive the Honorary Maria Award in Sitges 07'". 
  18. ^ Larry Fessenden - Awards - Movies & TV -
  19. ^ Larry Fessenden Awards + Nominations - Fandango

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