Depraved is an indie horror that pumps fresh blood into the familiar Frankenstein formula. You’d expect nothing less from Larry Fessenden, one of the most resourceful contemporary practitioners of the macabre. David Call plays Henry, a doctor suffering from PTSD whose death-haunted stint as an army medic drives him to experiment with bringing forth life from human body parts. He succeeds in creating Adam (Alex Breaux), a triumph that proves temporary when the resurrected “son” fails to adapt to the sinful world around him. Even though you know where it’s going, Fessenden makes getting there fun, scary, and tragic.
Arena Cinelounge, 6464 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Fri., Sept. 13, various showtimes; $16. (323) 924-1644, arenascreen.org.
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