Gorecast #71 - Larry Cohen Special
What's up goreclubbers Johnny Deadly, here again, to give you guys the skinny on what's coming up in this week's episode of the gorecast. 11pm GMT-6pm EST www.facebook.com/TheGoreCast.
I'm a filmmaker. I love making films and shooting our Tv show and Podcast. We work on a very low budget, so we do the show at the moment for our love of horror... and to feed my addiction to filming. Due to the budget restraints we have had to get creative on many occasions and as The Giz has sais more than once Take the ECW approach to the production "accentuate the positives and play down the negatives" (if your a wrestling fan you'll know what I mean haha) and sometimes just get plain gorilla on it.
That's why I got highly excited when the documentary King Cohen landed in our screener's folder, I nearly blew my top. I have idolized this man and his ability to do a lot with nothing. Cohen, best known for resourceful low-budget horror and thriller films that combine social commentary with prerequisite scares and welcome humor, is responsible for celluloid classics including Black Caesar, It’s Alive, Q: The Winged Serpent, and The Stuff. He was also a major player in the Blaxploitation films of the 1970s, as well as a prominent Hollywood screenwriter (Phone Booth).
This was a really fascinating documentary and was as fast-paced as Cohen's filming style itself. The story is told through compelling live interviews, stills and film/TV clips, the people who helped fulfil his vision, and industry icons such as Martin Scorsese, J.J. Abrams, John Landis, Michael Moriarty, Fred Williamson, Yaphet Kotto and many more, including Larry himself, bring one-of-a-kind insight into the work, process and legacy of a true American film auteur. Few can boast of a career as remarkable or prolific, spanning more than 50 years of entertaining audiences worldwide. He may not have invented gorilla filmmaking but he damn sure perfected it.
King Cohen begins its theatrical run on July 27 in markets including Los Angeles and New York.
Special event screenings of the film will also be held throughout July and August in cities including Asheville, VA, and Yonkers, NY.courtesy Dark Star Pictures.
We thought we would give you a full flavor for Cohen picking one movie Cohen wrote and one that he directed. The Stuff (also known as Larry Cohen's The Stuff) is a 1985 American satirical science fiction horror film written, produced, and directed by Larry Cohen and starring Michael Moriarty, Garrett Morris, Andrea Marcovicci, and Paul Sorvino. It was also the last film of noted actor Alexander Scourby.
Industrial spy and former FBI agent David 'Mo' Rutherford is hired by executives of the ice-cream industry to disclose the recipe of the phenomenally successful marshmallow- and a yogurt-like desert called the Stuff. Somehow, its consumers become addicted to the product, and competitors want the formula. With the support of Nicole, the designer of the Stuff's advertising campaign, and a boy named Jason, who refused to eat it after his family became consumed, Mo tries to prove that the Stuff is a malevolent and possibly sentient natural substance that is trying to take over the wills of the population of Earth.
And finally, we have Maniac Cop. This movie is a 1988 American action slasher film directed by William Lustig, written by Larry Cohen, and starring Tom Atkins, Bruce Campbell, Laurene Landon, Richard Roundtree, William Smith, Robert Z'Dar, and Sheree North.
Innocent people are being brutally murdered on the streets of New York City by a uniformed police officer. As the death toll rises and City Hall attempts a cover-up, Frank McCrae heads the investigation. A young cop, Jack Forrest, finds himself under arrest as the chief suspect, having been the victim of a set-up by the real killer and a mysterious woman phone-caller. Forrest, his girlfriend Theresa, and McCrae set out to solve the puzzle before the Maniac Cop can strike again.
It was released on May 13, 1988, and grossed $671,382 from a budget of $1.1 million. Despite negative reviews on release, Maniac Cop has become a cult film.
That it my boils and ghouls Join The Giz, our special guest Rotty P myself tomorrow night 11 pm GMT-6pm EST www.facebook.com/TheGoreCast and have a chat with us. Also big announcement for after the show tomorrow.