The Cohen Case Files: It’s Alive III: Island of the Alive (1987)

Based on Characters Created by, Written, Executive Produced, and Directed by Larry Cohen Considering the fact that I regard the original It’s Alive as one of my favorite films of all time, it would be very easy for me to hate It’s Alive III: Island of the Alive. Even viewers who do not care about […]

The Cohen Case Files: Captivity (2007)

Story and Screenplay Co-written by Larry Cohen Since I’ve begun writing about films in which Larry Cohen was involved, I have largely refrained from doing any research into what went on behind the scenes of the productions. Because I have read so many interviews with Cohen, listened to his commentaries, seen question and answer sessions […]

The Cohen Case Files: It Lives Again [aka It’s Alive 2: It Lives Again] (1978)

Based on Characters Created for the Screen, Written, Produced, and Directed by Larry Cohen NOTE: This review will contain spoilers for It’s Alive, the film to which It Lives Again is a sequel. Please watch It’s Alive before reading this review. Given that It’s Alive is not only Larry Cohen’s masterpiece, but arguably also one […]

The Cohen Case Files: Perfect Strangers (1984)

Executive Produced (uncredited), Written, and Directed by Larry Cohen While watching Perfect Strangers, Larry Cohen’s train wreck of a romantic thriller, I was reminded of a snippet of Roger Ebert’s review of Death to Smoochy, which I quoted in my Movie Defender piece on that misunderstood film: “Only enormously talented people could have made Death […]

The Cohen Case Files: Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting (1969)

Story and Screenplay Co-Written by Larry Cohen Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting is a good example of how a solid script can stand up to any number of wrong-headed production decisions that would sink a lesser story. The first act moves at warp speed to lay down the ground work to cover years. First, we meet Cathy […]

The Cohen Case Files: Deadly Illusion (1987)

Written and Co-Directed by Larry Cohen It’s hard not to think of I, the Jury when watching Deadly Illusion. Both films feature a down on his luck New York City private eye. Both films feature a police detective ally/antagonist with whom the private eye has a complicated history that borders on homoerotic. Both films feature […]

The Cohen Case Files: Women of San Quentin (1983)

Story by Larry Cohen The misleadingly titled Women of San Quentin is about as inconsequential of a film as you are likely to find connected to Larry Cohen. While it sports a cast that is stacked with experienced character actors, it never rises above its TV-movie status to become an interesting—or entertaining—movie. All it aspires […]

Favorite Films Of 2014

For those of you who didn’t check out my 2013 Favorites list, I’ll provide a quick explanation of how I choose the films that make the cut. I don’t call my list a “best of” because I never see enough of the films released in a given year to feel justified in claiming some kind […]

The Cohen Case Files: As Good as Dead (1995)

Written, Produced, and Directed by Larry Cohen Even if you went into As Good as Dead without the knowledge that it made its premiere as a made-for-USA-network film, even casual viewers unaware of Cohen’s career could quickly figure out that fact. From the generic thriller title to the mostly anemic casting (save a little edginess […]

VOD Spotlight: Late Phases (2014)

I love werewolf movies. I’m not sure where this love comes from because, quite frankly, there aren’t that many good ones out there. Maybe it’s the subtext-ready element of “the beast inside” that can represent any number of repressed emotions or hormonal changes. Perhaps it’s simply the fact that as a movie monster werewolves have […]