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Larry Fessenden

Highest Rated:   100% Most Beautiful Island (2017)
Lowest Rated:   31% Beneath (2013)
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Producer, director, and occasional character actor Larry Fessenden personifies low-budget independent filmmaking at its edgiest and riskiest. Like the better-known Abel Ferrara, with whom he is often favorably compared, Fessenden established himself by making gritty, supernaturally tinged studies of paranoia, often set in an urban landscape, with sudden, shocking bursts of violence atop cerebral undercurrents -- "philosophical horror," he terms it. The extent to which Fessenden gleaned enthusiastic reviews for these outings, including many from mainstream critics, serves as a reflection on the extent of his long-honed skills and his ability to function outside of the system. Fessenden grew up in a wealthy family on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and attended the Andover preparatory school. Feeling dissatisfied, he dropped out, obtained his GED, and high-tailed it to New York University, where he enrolled in filmmaking and acting courses and set up his own independent production banner, Glass Eye Pix, in 1985. After a series of short projects in the mid- to late '80s, Fessenden emerged with his first feature: 1991's No Telling. This decidedly offbeat outing deftly blends the Frankenstein mythos with ecological and animal rights themes. The director followed it up with the 1996 Habit, also an unusual and inventive take on a longtime horror staple -- this time, the vampire genre -- about an alcoholic bartender (Fessenden) who becomes hopelessly enmeshed in a physiological and psychological addiction to a seductive woman with a penchant for bloodletting. These first two films both gleaned enthusiastic reviews and a devoted cult following; they actually constituted the premier and sophomore installments in what came to be known as the director's "Urban Paranoia" trilogy. The third opus, Wendigo (2001), tells of a stressed and burnt-out couple who take a detour from life on a rural retreat with their young son, only to run headfirst into a malevolent creature. The Last Winter (2006) culled the most glowing reviews to date for Fessenden; it dramatizes the plight of a group of Arctic oil workers confronted by a supernatural entity. Beginning in 2000, Fessenden also branched off into two directions simultaneously, alongside his directorial efforts; he established himself as a character actor (no stretch, thanks to a distinguished look that earned frequent comparisons to a more extreme Jack Nicholson) in such outings as Family Portraits: A Trilogy of America (2004), Broken Flowers (2005), The Brave One (2007), and Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever (2008), while also producing the work of other directors through Glass Eye Pix. That production banner specialized in work similar in genre and theme to Fessenden's own directorial efforts; titles included The Roost (2004), Zombie Honeymoon (2004), Automatons (2006), and Sisters (2007, a remake of the Brian De Palma shocker of the same name).

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
86% The Transfiguration
  • Drunk Man
$22.4k 2017
80% Dig Two Graves
  • Executive Producer
2017
75% Stray Bullets
  • Producer
  • Charlie
2017
No Score Yet Psychopaths
  • Starkweather
2017
No Score Yet No Way to Live
  • Actor
2017
100% Most Beautiful Island
  • Actor
  • Producer
2017
58% Small Crimes
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Stake Land II
  • Producer
2017
No Score Yet Girlfriend's Day
  • Taft
2017
76% In a Valley of Violence
  • Roy
$50.9k 2016
92% Certain Women
  • Executive Producer
$1.1M 2016
59% The Mind's Eye
  • Mike Connors
2016
61% Carnage Park
  • Travis
2016
68% Darling
  • Officer Maneretti
2016
81% Southbound
  • Radio DJ
$32.2k 2016
No Score Yet The Stakelander
  • Producer
2016
81% Entertainment
  • Executive Producer
$56k 2015
95% We Are Still Here
  • Jacob Lewis
2015
75% Pod
  • Smith
2015
69% Late Phases
  • Producer
2014
No Score Yet Worst Friends
  • Jerry
2014
77% ABCs of Death 2
  • Director
2014
No Score Yet The Battery
  • Frank
2014
86% Night Moves
  • Executive Producer
2014
57% American Jesus
  • Producer
2014
79% All The Light In The Sky
  • Rusty
2013
96% Birth Of The Living Dead
  • Executive Producer
  • Actor
$9.1k 2013
86% We Are What We Are
  • Bearded Tenant
$54.9k 2013
75% You're Next
  • Erik Harson
$25.1M 2013
75% Jug Face
  • Sustin
2013
31% Beneath
  • Director
2013
No Score Yet Ritual
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Bro'
  • Louis
2012
79% The Innkeepers
  • Producer
$78k 2012
33% Satan Hates You
  • Producer
  • Actor
2011
86% Silver Bullets
  • Sam
2011
75% Stake Land
  • Roadhouse Bartender
  • Producer
$19k 2011
49% Vanishing On 7th Street
  • Bike Messenger
$22.7k 2011
57% Bitter Feast
  • Executive Producer
  • William Coley
  • Producer
2010
No Score Yet Hypothermia
  • Producer
2010
86% The House of the Devil
  • Producer
2009
No Score Yet Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever
  • Bill
2009
74% I Sell the Dead
  • Producer
  • Willie Grimes
2008
85% Wendy and Lucy
  • Man in Park
  • Producer
$0.8M 2008
87% Liberty Kid
  • Producer
2008
100% I Can See You
  • Mickey Hauser
  • Executive Producer
2008
70% Mulberry Street
  • Actor
2007
90% Trigger Man
  • Henchman
  • Executive Producer
2007
76% The Last Winter
  • Charles Foster
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2007
43% The Brave One
  • Sandy Combs
$36.9M 2007
63% Automatons
  • Enemy Guard
  • Executive Producer
2006
No Score Yet Sisters
  • Executive Producer
2006
No Score Yet Satellite
  • Executive Producer
  • Jim
2006
53% The Roost
  • Tow Truck Driver
  • Executive Producer
2005
88% Broken Flowers
  • Will
$13.6M 2005
35% Imaginary Heroes
  • Store Clerk
2005
50% Headspace
  • Father
2005
82% Zombie Honeymoon
  • Executive Producer
2004
No Score Yet Family Portraits: A Trilogy of America
  • Jimmy Doyle
2004
48% Happy Here and Now
  • Clifton
2002
58% Wendigo
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2002
No Score Yet You Are Here
  • Palichuck
2001
72% Happy Accidents
  • Junkie
2001
63% Session 9
  • Craig McManus
2001
76% Margarita Happy Hour
  • Max
2001
82% Animal Factory
  • Inmate
2000
71% Bringing Out the Dead
  • Cokehead
1999
72% Habit
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Sam
1997
93% River of Grass
  • Producer
  • Lee Ray Harold
1995
No Score Yet No Telling (The Frankenstein Complex)
  • Director
1991

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