Friday, October 18, 2013

Masters Of Horror! (Larry Cohen)

Well, Larry certainly has a...diversified portfolio.

Bone (1972)

See here.

A.K.A. "Housewife".

Black Caesar (1973)

See here.

Hell Up in Harlem (1973)


It's Alive (1974)

See here.

It Lives Again (1978)


Full Moon High (1981)

"Teen Wolf", four years ahead of time.

Q (1982)

A man-eating flying lizard, which just so happens to be Quetzalcoatl, has taken up residence in the Chrysler Building.
Mayem ensues.

A fun little creature-feature.

Special Effects (1984)

A director makes a film about a murder he actually committed.
A Google Images search yields mostly boobies.

The Stuff (1985)

Killer yogurt!
No, really.

Scientists uncover an underground flow of an ancient bacteria that's curiously delicious, so a corporation puts it in yogurt, and markets it as "The Stuff".

Of course, it turns out to be flesh eating, zombie-making, and semi-sentient.
Mayhem ensues.

This is ripe for a re-release, remake, reboot, something.
What with all the "probiotic', shit on the market, it's very timely.
And the original, prescient.

It's Alive III: Island Of The Alive (1987)

See here.

A Return To Salem's Lot (1987)

A crappy Stephen King sequel.
Luckily, the only one I've bumped into so far.

Deadly Illusion (1987)

With Billy Dee Williams, and Morgan Fairchild.
Joe Spinell from "Maniac", and "Starcash", also appears.

Billy Dee is hired to kill Fairchild, who he goes to protect, but she's not the real wife, who turns up dead anyway, and now he's framed.
Treachery is afoot.

Maniac Cop trilogy (1988-1993)

See here.

Written by.

Wicked Stepmother (1989)

Bette Davis's last movie.
And, it's as depressing as Lugosi's last film being "Plan 9".

She died during filming this piece of drek like Lugosi too.

My grandmother idolized Bette Davis, so she watched it with us.
She seemed kinda bummed, don't blame her.

The Ambulance (1990)

Only worth noting for being the first film role of Stan Lee.
After his cameo in "Trial Of The Incredible Hulk", of course.

Body Snatchers (1993)

See here.

Story by.

Original Gangstas (1996)

See here.

Phone Booth (2002)

Written by.

Wow, this is that old already?

I remember when this came out.
It feels new.
Well, anyway, this was a good one.

Colin Farrell when he was young, and before he was replacing everyone in remakes of everything.

Cellular (2004)

Story by.

Another good one.

Kim Basinger is held hostage in her attic by Jason Statham, and she jury rigs her broken phone to send out a random call that's picked up by Chris Evans, who has a swiss-army phone that was advanced for its time.

Nice little thriller.

Dunno why it cost 25 million, though.
Bloated star paychecks, I guess.

It's Alive (2008)

A remake.

1. I said in the review of the originals, this franchise ought to make a comeback.

2. If it blows, it serves Larry right for Salem's Lot 2. ):-P

Messages Deleted (2009)

Nope, granpa, you're still not up to date on the tech, now you've got to make an I-Pad movie.


Now you see what I meant at the beginning.
It's a roller-coaster of cult classic, schlock, cult classic, big Hollywood movie, back to schlock, back to Hollywood, good ones, bad ones, it's all over the place.
And every genre!

Truly, he can write his way out of a paper bag.

Tomorrow, Rick Baker.

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