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Larry Cohen is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 15 july 1941 at Kingston (USA)

Larry Cohen

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Birth name Lawrence G. Cohen
Nationality USA
Birth 15 july 1941 at Kingston (USA)
Death 24 march 2019 (at 77 years)

Lawrence G. "Larry" Cohen (born July 15, 1941) is an American film producer, director, and screenwriter. He is best known as a B-Movie auteur of horror and science fiction films – often containing a police procedural element – during 1970s and 1980s. He has since concentrated mainly on screenwriting including the Joel Schumacher thriller Phone Booth (2002), Cellular (2004) and Captivity (2007). In 2006 Cohen returned to the directing chair for the Mick Garris-created Masters of Horror TV series (2006); he directed the episode Pick Me Up.


Cohen est né à Kingston, dans l'État de New York. Il a commencé sa carrière à la télévision en écrivant pour des spectacles et en créant les séries cultes Branded et Les Envahisseurs. Son premier film est Bone, sorti en 1972, dont il est à la fois scénariste, réalisateur et producteur.

Cohen a été influencé par le réalisateur Samuel Fuller et habite actuellement une maison ayant appartenu à M. Fuller. Ces dernières années, il a délaissé ses activités de producteur et de réalisateur pour se consacrer à l'écriture. Ce travail a d'abord concerné la télévision et des films à petits budgets, mais Cohen s'est retrouvé au premier plan à Hollywood lorsque le scénario de Phone Game a été porté à l'écran en 2002 par le réalisateur Joel Schumacher.

Best films

Phone Booth (2002)

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Filmography of Larry Cohen (55 films)

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Nightmares in Red, White and Blue, 1h36
Origin USA
Genres Documentary, Horror, Historical
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about historical events
Actors Lance Henriksen, Larry Cohen, Joe Dante, John Carpenter, Darren Lynn Bousman, Mick Garris
Roles Himself
Rating71% 3.593533.593533.593533.593533.59353
The documentary mainly focuses on the connection between events in the United States during the last century and the attraction that horror films have to moviegoing audiences. Filmmakers, producers, and historians such as John Carpenter, George A. Romero, Tom McLoughlin, and Mick Garris examine and give their opinions on such links between occurring events and horror movie themes. The discussion first begins with the connections found between World War I and films featuring human-like monsters and ideas, such as Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Seventh Victim. The topic then moves on to World War II and the Holocaust, and the widespread atomic paranoia associated with B movies of the 1950s like Tarantula and Creature with the Atom Brain.
BaadAsssss Cinema, 1h
Directed by Isaac Julien
Origin USA
Genres Documentary, Action
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry
Actors Samuel L. Jackson, Larry Cohen, Pam Grier, Tamara Dobson, Quentin Tarantino, Isaac Hayes
Roles Himself
Rating67% 3.3898753.3898753.3898753.3898753.389875
With archive film clips and interviews, this brief look at a frequently overlooked historical period of filmmaking acts as an introduction rather than a complete record. It features interviews with some of the genre's biggest stars, like Fred Williamson, Pam Grier, and Richard Roundtree. Director Melvin Van Peebles discusses the historical importance of his landmark film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song. For a contemporary perspective, the excitable Quentin Tarantino offers his spirited commentary and author/critic bell hooks provides some scholarly social analysis.
Spies Like Us, 1h42
Directed by John Landis
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Spy films, Political films, Buddy films
Actors Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Forrest, Donna Dixon, Bruce Davison, James Daughton
Roles Ace Tomato Agent
Rating63% 3.1985953.1985953.1985953.1985953.198595
Austin Millbarge is a geekish, basement-dwelling codebreaker for The Pentagon who aspires to escape his under-respected job to become a secret agent. Emmett Fitz-Hume, a wisecracking, pencil-pushing son of an envoy, takes the foreign service exam under peer pressure. Millbarge and Fitz-Hume meet during the test, on which Fitz-Hume openly attempts to cheat after an attempt to seduce his immediate supervisor in exchange for the answers backfires. Millbarge, however, was forced to take the test, having had only one day to prepare after his supervisor gives him a notice that was two weeks old.


Original Gangstas, 2h23
Directed by Larry Cohen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Gangster films
Actors Fred Williamson, Pam Grier, Paul Winfield, Isabel Sanford, Ron O'Neal, Robert Forster
Rating57% 2.852182.852182.852182.852182.85218
The movie opens to a narration detailing the poor economic state of a gang-ridden Gary. The narrator explains to the audience of how the city came into such a state. After the opening narrative, the scene switches to the base of operations for the Rebels, a local street gang, and a one-on-one basketball game between a Rebel gang member and a local boy named Kenny Thompson. Kenny humiliates the Rebel by winning and taking the gambled winnings for his own. After he leaves, Spyro, the current co-leader of the Rebels (opposite Damien) is under the impression that Kenny's skills are something more than "something he picked up." He instructs his lieutenant, Kayo, to exact retribution on Kenny for being hustled.
As Good as Dead, 3h10
Directed by Larry Cohen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Crystal Bernard, Judge Reinhold, Traci Lords, Carlos Carrasco, Daniel McDonald
Rating56% 2.808692.808692.808692.808692.80869
Une jeune femme doit se faire opérer et sa meilleure amie échange son identité car elle ne possède pas de carte vitale diffusée le 21 janvier 2018 sur C8.
The Ambulance, 1h31
Directed by Larry Cohen
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Horror, Romance
Actors Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones, Red Buttons, Megan Gallagher, Janine Turner, Eric Braeden
Rating59% 2.9522152.9522152.9522152.9522152.952215
Aspiring comic book artist Josh Baker (Eric Roberts) meets a young woman named Cheryl (Janine Turner) on the streets of New York City, who proceeds to collapse and is rushed to a hospital by an ambulance. When Josh arrives at the hospital, he is shocked to find that there is no record of Cheryl ever being admitted and he soon learns another startling discovery, Cheryl's roommate also vanished after being picked up by the same ambulance. Convinced that there is some sort of conspiracy going on, Josh proceeds to investigate the disappearances, despite the overt disdain and discouragement from Lt. Spencer (James Earl Jones).
Wicked Stepmother, 1h30
Directed by Larry Cohen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Witches in film
Actors Bette Davis, Barbara Carrera, Colleen Camp, Lionel Stander, David Rasche, Tom Bosley
Rating43% 2.1613952.1613952.1613952.1613952.161395
The original plot cast Davis as the title character, a chain smoking witch named Miranda, who has married Sam while his vegetarian daughter Jenny and son-in-law Steve are on vacation. They return to find their new stepmother has filled their refrigerator with meat and played havoc with their collection of herbs. To explain Davis' absence, the script was rewritten to introduce Miranda's daughter Priscilla, who takes on a human form while her mother's spirit inhabits the body of a cat. Priscilla then sets out to get Jenny who has figured out that there is something going on. She accuses her of messing up the kitchen while Jenny's on a bike ride. Priscilla ends up sleeping with Jenny's husband. The entire time she refuses to switch bodies with Miranda. Jenny then figures out that they're witches and tries to stop them from ruining her family.
A Return to Salem's Lot, 1h41
Directed by Larry Cohen
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Vampires in film
Actors Michael Moriarty, Andrew Duggan, Samuel Fuller, Evelyn Keyes, June Havoc, Ronee Blakley
Rating44% 2.205652.205652.205652.205652.20565
Michael Moriarty plays an amoral anthropologist who has been lumbered with his dysfunctional adolescent son and who returns to Salem's Lot, the town of his birth, to find that it has been taken over by the undead. A few living people are kept around to provide blood for the vampires and to operate the gas station and shops in the daytime. Knowing of the anthropologist's refusal to moralise about other people's lifestyles (in the opening scene he is seen refusing to interfere in a human sacrifice and concerned only for the quality of the film he is shooting), the vampires employ him to write their story. As the vampires' evil nature becomes clear, the anthropologist is joined by a Nazi hunter (played by Samuel Fuller) who helps him save his son, and at the climax the master vampire is impaled on the American flag instead of the traditional stake. As the trio escapes Salem's Lot, the vampires are left in the sun to burn along with their homes.
Deadly Illusion, 1h27
Directed by Larry Cohen, William Tannen, William Tannen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Billy Dee Williams, Vanity, Morgan Fairchild, John Beck, Joseph Cortese
Rating47% 2.3849952.3849952.3849952.3849952.384995
Homicide à Wall Street : Hamberger, un détective privé New-Yorkais notoirement connu pour les nombreuses victimes laissées au terme de ses missions, a été engagé par l'homme d'affaires Alex Burton, qui désire assassiner sa femme. En tentant de prévenir l'épouse du risque qu'elle encourt, il se retrouve nez à nez avec son cadavre. Il ne disposera que de quelques heures pour prouver son innocence...
It's Alive III: Island of the Alive, 1h35
Directed by Larry Cohen
Origin USA
Genres Horror
Actors Michael Moriarty, Karen Black, Laurene Landon, Gerrit Graham, Macdonald Carey, Neal Israel
Rating48% 2.407642.407642.407642.407642.40764
Les bébés mutants ont été placés par décision juridique sur une île déserte. Touché par le cynisme de l’exploitation des enfants par le système judiciaire et les médias, le responsable de leur isolement organise une expédition pour les libérer…
It's Alive III: Island of the Alive, 1h35
Directed by Larry Cohen
Origin USA
Genres Horror
Actors Michael Moriarty, Karen Black, Laurene Landon, Gerrit Graham, Macdonald Carey, Neal Israel
Rating48% 2.407642.407642.407642.407642.40764
This film is set years after the first two. The monstrously deformed children are now living on an island. As they reach adulthood, one of the females gives birth to a child of her own.
The Stuff
The Stuff (1985)
, 1h27
Directed by Larry Cohen
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror
Themes Comedy horror films
Actors Michael Moriarty, Andrea Marcovicci, Garret Morris, Paul Sorvino, Scott Bloom, Danny Aiello
Rating58% 2.9495052.9495052.9495052.9495052.949505
A couple of railroad workers discover a yogurt-like white substance bubbling out of the ground. It's found to be sweet and addictive. Later, the substance is marketed as "The Stuff," and it's being sold to the general public in pint containers (incorrectly labeled ".474mL") like ice cream. It is marketed as having no calories and as being sweet, creamy, and filling. The Stuff quickly becomes a nationwide craze and drastically hurts the sales of ice cream.
Perfect Strangers, 1h31
Directed by Larry Cohen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror, Crime
Actors Anne Carlisle, Ann Magnuson, Bill Fagerbakke, Stephen Lack
Rating54% 2.7154552.7154552.7154552.7154552.715455
A Mafia hit man discovers a young boy has witnessed him killing someone. Under Mafia pressure he is urged to kill the boy but is picked up by the boy's mother and soon they fall into a relationship.
Special Effects, 1h33
Directed by Larry Cohen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Actors Zoë Lund, Eric Bogosian
Rating54% 2.7077652.7077652.7077652.7077652.707765
Un réalisateur ringard réalise un film basé sur un meurtre qu'il a commis.