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Depraved (2019)



Critic Consensus: 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.

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The legend of Frankenstein gets a provocative modern update in the stylishly disturbing new film from indie horror master Larry Fessenden. Suffering from PTSD following his stint as an army medic, Henry (David Call) 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 (Alex Breaux)--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. A complex, emotionally shattering tale about what it means to be human, Depraved brings Mary Shelley's immortal fable fully into the 21st century.

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A tragedy as much as a horror film, Depraved is a contemporary love letter to Mary Shelly's legacy

February 18, 2020 | Full Review…

At nearly two hours, Depraved can feel a little long in the tooth... Then again, the performances here are a little too strong for Fessenden's film to be anything other than a treat for fans of independent horror.

September 26, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

A heartfelt, deftly mature 21st-century reimagining of author Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, indie auteur Larry Fessenden's Depraved is a movingly emotional monster movie that packs a pretty mean punch.

September 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Depraved may not take you anywhere that you haven't been before, but it might leave you with a renewed appreciation for Shelley's mythic story.

September 13, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"Depraved" is smart in its commentary on everything from the evils of the pharmaceuticals industry to the terrors of PTSD, but there's real heart and empathy here too.

September 12, 2019 | Full Review…

[A] film that is serious but not pretentious, working best when it stays in the laboratory. It will be welcomed by the director's fans, and may expand that number somewhat in its limited theatrical release.

September 12, 2019 | Full Review…

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