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Larry Cohen

Lowest Rated:   9% Captivity (2007)
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Although he was seldom a favorite of mainstream critics, and veered widely between seriousness and satire, Larry Cohen staked his claim as one of the more successful screenwriters, directors, and producers to emerge from television in the 1950s. Born and raised in New York City, he attended City College (CUNY) and New York University, and broke into the entertainment business as a page at the NBC Building in Rockefeller Center. He wrote scripts for some of the television anthology shows of the late '50s, including Kraft Television Theatre, Zane Grey Theater, the U.S. Steel Hour, and Roald Dahl's Way Out, plus the suspense program Checkmate. Cohen was treading water professionally, however, mostly because he was living on the wrong coast. Live television was disappearing rapidly at the end of the 1950s. Most of the best television had shifted to film, and was coming out of Los Angeles by the time Cohen was ready to move up from the anthology series. He was lucky enough, however, to get a shot writing for one of the last of the truly good, successful dramas out of New York, The Defenders. The weekly series, starring E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed as a father-and-son team of defense attorneys, was easily the most critically acclaimed dramatic program on television during the early '60s, and Cohen got to write several scripts for the series. With that under his belt, he was able to move on to other top-quality programs on both coasts, including The Nurses, Sam Benedict, Arrest & Trial, and The Fugitive. In 1964, using the movie The Four Feathers (1939) as his initial inspiration, he conceived the series Branded. The program, a serious and often surprising psychologically oriented Western starring Chuck Connors as a cavalry officer unjustly convicted of cowardice in battle, gave the familiar genre several new twists. It also ran for two seasons on NBC and established Cohen as one of the better creative minds in television of the era. He devised other series over the next few years, including such unusual entries as Coronet Blue and The Invaders. Meanwhile, Cohen also became involved with motion pictures by way of the Mirisch brothers, for whom he conceived and wrote the movie Return of the Magnificent Seven (1966)). On many of these shows, Cohen showed a knack, as a writer and creator, for tapping into odd, unconventional storylines. Coronet Blue quickly developed a cult following and, in fact, anticipated The Bourne Identity in its story of an amnesiac (Frank Converse) fished out of the river and caught in a web of espionage and terror. Even more unsettling was The Invaders, starring Roy Thinnes as a man who spots a flying saucer landing and is forced to spend his life convincing others of the dangers of invasion. Cohen's writing took him into the areas of suspense (Daddy's Gone A-Hunting) and satire (Call Holme) in film and television, and he made his directorial debut in 1972 with Bone, an extraordinary satirical thriller with a strong racial edge, from his own screenplay. A year later, he made the more obvious blaxploitation title Black Caesar, and followed this up with Hell up in Harlem, both of which were very successful -- meanwhile, he continued to develop new series, including Cool Million. Cohen was still writing for television, including episodes of Columbo (including the classic "Candidate for Crime," starring Jackie Cooper), when he went into production on the movie that would establish him as a serious horror director. It's Alive! (1974), from Cohen's own script, touched on numerous sensitive psychological points in its tale of a mutant killer-newborn, becoming not only a huge box-office success but a major cult favorite, eclipsed only by John Carpenter's Halloween a little later in the decade. Cohen followed this with God Told Me To (aka Demon, 1976) and The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover (1977). The latter, although considered the height of camp at the time of its release, did nothing to hurt Cohen's reputation amo

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
29% The Trouble with Bliss
  • Counter Guy
$11.4k 2012
No Score Yet Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That
  • Actor
2012
86% American Grindhouse
  • Actor
2010
100% Nightmares in Red, White and Blue
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet The Gambler, The Girl, & the Gunslinger
  • Screenwriter
2009
No Score Yet Trailer Park of Terror
  • Producer
2008
No Score Yet Connected (Bo chi tung wah)
  • Screenwriter
2008
No Score Yet It's Alive
  • Screenwriter
2008
9% Captivity
  • Screenwriter
$2.7M 2007
No Score Yet Masters of Horror
  • Director
2006
No Score Yet Make Your Own Damn Movie
  • Actor
2005
55% Cellular
  • Screenwriter
$32.1M 2004
71% Phone Booth
  • Screenwriter
$46.6M 2003
No Score Yet Baadasssss Cinema
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet The Defenders Choice Of Evils
  • Screenwriter
1998
56% Uncle Sam
  • Screenwriter
1997
No Score Yet The Ex
  • Screenwriter
1997
No Score Yet Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Ice
  • Screenwriter
1996
50% Original Gangstas
  • Director
1996
No Score Yet Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Heatwave
  • Screenwriter
1996
No Score Yet Invasion of Privacy
  • Screenwriter
1996
No Score Yet As Good as Dead
  • Director
1995
40% Guilty as Sin
  • Screenwriter
1993
71% Body Snatchers
  • Screenwriter
1993
No Score Yet Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1993
44% Delirious
  • Producer
1991
No Score Yet The Ambulance
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1990
60% Maniac Cop 2
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1990
No Score Yet Wicked Stepmother
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1989
50% Maniac Cop
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1988
71% Best Seller
  • Screenwriter
1987
No Score Yet Deadly Illusion
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1987
No Score Yet A Return to Salem's Lot
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
1987
50% It's Alive III: Island of the Alive
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1987
35% Spies Like Us
  • Ace Tomato Agent
1985
70% The Stuff
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1985
No Score Yet Special Effects
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet Scandalous
  • Screenwriter
1984
No Score Yet Perfect Strangers (Blind Alley)
  • Director
1984
65% Q
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1982
40% I, the Jury
  • Screenwriter
1982
No Score Yet Full Moon High
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1982
35% Ghost Story
  • Screenwriter
1981
No Score Yet The American Success Company
  • Screenwriter
1980
No Score Yet The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1978
44% It Lives Again
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1978
93% Carrie
  • Screenwriter
1976
78% The Big Bus
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1976
78% God Told Me To
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1976
No Score Yet S*P*Y*S
  • Screenwriter
1974
88% Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
  • Diner at Mel and Ruby's
1974
69% It's Alive
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1973
58% Black Caesar
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1973
13% Hell Up in Harlem
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1973
67% Bone
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1972
No Score Yet El Condor
  • Screenwriter
1970
83% Start The Revolution Without Me
  • Screenwriter
1970
No Score Yet Daddy's Gone A-Hunting
  • Screenwriter
1969
No Score Yet Scream, Baby, Scream
  • Screenwriter
1969
No Score Yet I Deal in Danger
  • Screenwriter
1967
13% Return of the Seven
  • Screenwriter
1966

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