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 […]

The Cohen Case Files: El Condor (1970)

Co-Written by Larry Cohen I’m not sure what kind of film director John Guillermin was trying to make with El Condor, but it certainly wasn’t the film scripted by Larry Cohen and Steven W. Carabatsos. From Lee Van Cleef’s mugging performance to the light adventure score by Maurice Jarre, Guillermin seems to be trying to […]

31 Days of Horror: Film 31: Countess Dracula (1971)

It’s time for the 31 Days of Horror: 2014 Edition. For those of you who weren’t around for last year’s journey, the plan is to watch at least 31 horror movies I’ve never seen before and review them all. So sit back, strap in, and enjoy my journey down the rabbit hole. There was something […]

31 Days of Horror: Film 30: Blood is the Color of Night [a.k.a. The Blood Drinkers] (1964)

It’s time for the 31 Days of Horror: 2014 Edition. For those of you who weren’t around for last year’s journey, the plan is to watch at least 31 horror movies I’ve never seen before and review them all. So sit back, strap in, and enjoy my journey down the rabbit hole. There are moments […]