Sunday, March 24, 2019

Larry Cohen

Director, screenwriter, and producer; gung-ho and successful B-movie master specializing in horror and sci-fi ('Black Caesar,' 'It's Alive,' 'God Told Me To,' 'Q: The Winged Serpent,' 'The Stuff,' 'Maniac Cop,' 'Phone Booth,' 'Cellular'). I LOVE LARRY COHEN. Cohen had a feel for the zeitgeist, and his work is a grand, scathing examination of society in the guise of genre films. And did you know Larry created one of the great sci-fi series of '60s TV, 'The Invaders,' and the Chuck Connors TV Western 'Branded'? Well, he did.

Here's my take on him from my forthcoming horror-film history: "Larry Cohen was a producer and screenwriter who got his start in TV (he created the 60s sci-fi series The Invaders). He soon found success as an independent filmmaker with 1974’s It’s Alive, about a corporate-negligence-created monster baby and his conflicted parents, shot in a serious and gritty New York style. His quirky, thought-provoking, and fun horror-takes on religion (God Told Me To, 1976), New Yorkers’ love/hate of their city (Q, the Winged Serpent, 1982), and consumerism (The Stuff, 1985), showed that you could be conceptually outrageous, fiscally prudent, and keep the audience with you."

Via Variety. 

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