BLACKOUT (Fantasia Fest 2023) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Blackout reveals that Larry Fessenden is a filmmaker whose unparalleled genre literacy results in meticulously crafted films that do not miss a beat. Despite delving into dark themes, there’s a certain comfort that comes from watching Fessenden’s films in that we are so completely in the hands of a filmmaker who has fully mastered the strange power and delicate nuance of horror at its best.

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BROOKLYN 45 – Review by Nadine Whitney

In his intimate chamber horror Brooklyn 45 writer and director Ted Geoghegan uses the supernatural to speak of the real-life horrors of World War II. While there is an actual haunting occurring, it is somewhat less frightening than the spectre of war and what it has done to a group of old friends who have gathered in late December 1945 in Park Slope Brooklyn. Brooklyn 45 is a period piece, but the message is everlasting.

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THE SPINE OF NIGHT (SXSW 21) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

The Spine of Night is an animated feature film, but this is no children’s movie, not by any stretch. Aside from the violence, blood and gore, there’s also genitalia akimbo; boobs, balls and everything in between rendered in lovingly graphic detail in vibrant, intricate color.

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DEPRAVED – Review by Maitland McDonagh

Longtime independent Larry Fessenden, whose Glass Eye Pix has consistently supported young genre filmmakers, returns to a classic story he first tackled 25 years ago in No Telling, with a modern-day Frankenstein story that returns to one of the novel’s core themes: The dense and complex relationship between parents and children, however ambivalent the parents and however challenging the child. Fessenden pokes around some uncomfortable truths and the result is a discomfiting horror film for the social-media generation.

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