Depraved, a modern take on the Frankenstein mythology, opens in the weirdest way possible: sidling up against the romantic drama motif. Moments later the man in the intro is brutally stabbed, leading into a montage of macabre psychedelic images. Now that’s more like it!
There’s no lengthy waiting period: we get to the creation of Frankenstein’s monster (Adam) in roughly five minutes flat. As a “creature” Adam is immediately eerie and unsettling, both human and inhuman. We get to see the relationship between Adam and his creator (Henry) blossom with a sense of uneasiness and joy. Depraved is very good at skirting thematic lines even early on: before we get a real chance to understand these characters. In spite of the duality, Adam is more humanized than most retellings of the tale, literally and figuratively.