The highly anticipated King Cohen, the true story of writer, producer, director, creator and all-around maverick, Larry Cohen, has now hit VOD from Dark Star Pictures.
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 documentary is a pleasure to watch, with so many ‘names’ joining in to showcase the career of Mr Larry Cohen. The film starts off with the screen being filled by JJ Abrams who tells a story about when he was 15, how he met Larry Cohen and helped him get to a meeting with Sidney Poitier and from then on.We learn so many more stories from the likes of Martin Scorsese, Mick Garris, Traci Lords, and so many more that I wont mention or this this will turn into a list that fills the page. But the one person we definately enjoy hearing these stories from is Larry Cohen himself, who takes us through his earlier years and gives us a feature lengh tour through a career that spans decades.
Heart warming, inspirational, and a pleasure to watch. that would be my short pitch to advise you to check out King Cohen and whether you are a film fan or not a film fan, this documentary is for you. If you’ve ever felt that you need a ‘spark’ to get you back on track, then this is the one for you. (yes YOU)
Winner of the 2017 Fantasia Fest Best Documentary Feature Audience Award, King Cohen hails from Rondo Award-winning writer/director Steve Mitchell, whose film and television credits include co-writing the beloved cult horror/comedy Chopping Mall. King Cohen is a La-La Land Entertainment production, in association with Big And Tall Pictures and Off The Cliff Productions. It is directed and produced by Steve Mitchell and produced by Matt Verboys and Dan McKeon.