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Larry Fessenden

Larry Fessenden always looks like he just woke up
Director, writer, actor, producer
Best known for:



The Last Winter

Related artists:

Ti West


Independent Spirit Award

Country: US (New York)

Larry Fessenden is renowned, among people who have heard of him, for his arthouse approach to horror film. He consciously makes films as message, to wake up audiences and alert then to reality so that horror films can be seen in theaters, instead of lived as our daily lives.

Fessenden's films tend to be atmospheric and creepy, in the manner of Val Lewton. He has also been influenced by the social realism in the 1970s works of Martin Scorsese, William Friedkin and Sam Peckinpah. Eco-terror themes are common in his work. He avoids horror-film clich├ęs, particularly those of recent vintage, and has spoken of a desire to make the "great stories of mythic proportions" that he feels characterizes classic horror. Fessenden won the Independent Spirit "Someone to Watch" Award in 1997, on the strength of Habit.

Fessenden wears many filmic hats. He has acted in several films, including Session 9, Broken Flowers and Bringing out the Dead, and starred in his own Habit. He co-wrote Orphanage with Guillermo del Toro. Fessenden's Glass Eye Pix production company seeks young filmmakers with vision, and provides them with mentoring and a supportive atmosphere. Glass Eye Pix directors such as Ti West have developed cult followings of their own.


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