Larry Fessenden's Depraved, a re-telling of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, is set to have its world premiere at IFC Center's What the Fest!?, and, as reported by Screen Daily, Yellow Veil Pictures acquired worldwide sales rights to the film. Also in today's Highlights: Omar Epps joins the cast of Patrick Lussier's Trick, American Poltergeist: The Curse of Lilith Ratchet release details, and Deliberations podcast episode and guest details.

Depraved's IFC Center's What the Fest!? Premiere Details: "Stitching together the pieces of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Depraved is a contemporary reimagining of the seminal tale centered on a field surgeon (David Call, The Sinner) who creates a man out of body parts in a makeshift lab in Brooklyn. Successful in his attempts but consumed with remorse over what he’s done, Henry tries to protect his creation, Adam (Alex Breaux, Bushwick), from the world. However, as Adam’s development continues, it is no longer clear who needs protecting. Depraved also stars Joshua Leonard (The Blair Witch Project), Ana Kayne (Another Earth), Chloe Levine (The Transfiguration, The Ranger), and Addison Timlin (The Town That Dreaded Sundown).

Yellow Veil Pictures Co-owner Joe Yanick said, “Depraved represents everything that is great about Fessenden’s work. It’s an honor to be able to work with a director I’ve so greatly admired.”

Larry Fessenden has long been a fixture of the independent horror scene and is the founder of the New York-based production shingle Glass Eye Pix. Fessenden has most notably served as producer for House of the Devil, Stake Land, and Wendy and Lucy.

“It is very exciting to be working with Yellow Veil on this project. I am enthused to partner with a young company that is finding its groove in this fickle business, and I look forward to seeing what they can do to get my movie out into capable hands," says Larry Fessenden.

Depraved is produced by Glass Eye Pix and Joe Swanberg’s Forager Film Company."


Production Begins on Patrick Lussier's Trick, Omar Epps Joins the Cast: Press Release: "Principal production has begun on the horror thriller, Trick. The Patrick Lussier-helmed feature is now shooting with Omar Epps stepping into the main role of Detective Mike Denver, a man obsessed with a killer that has eluded him.

Epps has starred in over 20 films in a career spanning two decades. Most recently, he starred on USA Network's "Shooter" and 2018's hit film Traffik alongside Paula Patton.

Trick also stars Ellen Adair (Showtime's "Homeland" and "Billions," USA's "The Sinner") as Sheriff Lisa Jayne, the sheriff in the small town of Benton who has always considered Detective Denver as her mentor. Cheryl Winston, the only survivor of the latest round of killings in her small town, will be played by Kristina Reyes ("Blindspot," "Shades of Blue"). Talbott is played by frequent George A. Romero collaborator Tom Atkins and Jamie Kennedy (Scream 1-3, Malibu's Most Wanted, Romeo + Juliet) will play Dr. Steven. Principal photography for the film is taking place in New York.

Producer Ellen Wander, (Misconduct, Spinning Man, Marshall) stated, "We are thrilled to get into production with Omar and Patrick and can't wait to have this film be seen by audiences everywhere."

The story centers on an elusive serial killer, who descends upon a small town annually. He is responsible for gruesome murders year after year, each seemingly unrelated. No one believes this could be the same killer. Detective Denver has faced Trick once before, having -shot and killed him. Or so everyone keeps telling him. However, Denver knows Trick is still out there, and he's coming back for revenge.

Lussier's lengthy list of horror credentials began while working alongside Wes Craven in some of the genre's biggest hits including the ground-breaking Scream franchise, Red Eye, New Nightmare and Vampire in Brooklyn. Lussier directed and co-wrote My Bloody Valentine, Drive Angry and was a writer and producer on Terminator Genisys.

Writer Todd Farmer has a long history in the horror genre including Jason X, and The Messengers and has worked previously alongside Lussier co-writing My Bloody Valentine and Drive Angry.

Film Bridge International will handle worldwide sales for the film. In addition, Film Bridge International has partnered with Chimney's Fredrik Zander to handle post-production.

Omar Epps is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content. Patrick Lussier is repped by Paradigm Talent Agency."

Above photo by Ron Jaffe/USA Network.


American Poltergeist: The Curse of Lilith Ratchet Trailer & Release Details: "American Poltergeist: The Curse of Lilith Ratchet is now available on DVD at Walmart and online at"


Deliberations Podcast Episode and Guest Details: "The show is an improvised audio fiction podcast called and it's latest season is inspired by cults, specifically the Church of Scientology, Transcendentalism and the Unification Church with additional context and research from mental health counselor Steven Hassan’s book Combating Cult Mind Control.

The lead character is Lola Addams, portrayed by Cooper Hardin, who is put on trial for shooting her husband twice in the back. Her defense attorney points to an ambiguous Florida statute that states hers was a justifiable homicide if she “reasonably believed” her action was preventing the imminent death of others. And as the alleged victim of mind control, Lola claims her cult brainwashed her into believing that killing her husband would save mankind.

Producer Chelsea Cox researches and writes each season of Deliberations and directs a cast of actors who improvise a courtroom drama inspired by real-life criminal trials. She also takes periodic “jury breaks” from the performance to interview experts and critics about the featured subject matter.

Upcoming guests include:

Telltale AKA Telltale Atheist, an American Youtuber who has dedicated much of his channel to discussing Steven Hassan’s work identifying destructive cults.

Michael Bluejay, who was born into the mind-control cult known as Aesthetic Realism lead by Elie Siegel.

Jania Lalich, Ph.D., a specialist in cults, extremism, human trafficking, and coercive influence & control.

You can listen to Season 4 HERE."

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    About the Author - Tamika Jones

    Tamika hails from North Beach, Maryland, a tiny town inches from the Chesapeake Bay.She knew she wanted to be an actor after reciting a soliloquy by Sojourner Truth in front of her entire fifth grade class. Since then, she's appeared in over 20 film and television projects. In addition to acting, Tamika is the Indie Spotlight manager for Daily Dead, where she brings readers news on independent horror projects every weekend.

    The first horror film Tamika watched was Child's Play. Being eight years old at the time, she remembers being so scared when Chucky came to life that she projectile vomited. It's tough for her to choose only one movie as her favorite horror film, so she picked two: Nosferatu and The Stepford Wives (1975).