Larry Cohen, the strange b-movie director of cult movie "It 's Alive" and "God has told me" is dead. He was 77 years old.
Cohen's friend and spokesman, actor Shade Rupe, said Cohen died Saturday in Los Angeles surrounded by loved ones.
Cohen's films were shady, low-budget movies that developed cultures, created sequels, and
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His New York set 1976 satire "God told me to" depicted a series of shootings and murders performed in religious fervor. Andy Kaufman played a policeman who goes on a shootout during St. Patrick's Day parade. There were also foreigners.
In Cohen's 1985 film "The Stuff", Cohen blasted consumerism with a story inspired by the rise of junk food. It's about a sweet yogurt-like substance that has been found oozing out of the ground and is then bottled and marketed as an ice alternative without the calories. "Things" turn out to be a parasite that transforms consumers into it for zombies.
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"Not only did a studio work as a factory worker and make pictures and go home every night," Cohen told last year. "We were out there in the jungle and making these movies, improvising and having fun and producing movies outside of thin air without much money."
"You must make the picture your way and no other way" He added, "because it can't be done otherwise."
Cohen's approach – he would often shoot extreme scenes on the streets of New York City without permission or warn people in the area – made him, like Roger Corman, honored among subsequent generations of independent genre film producers. A documentary released last year, "King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen," celebrates Cohen.
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" Larry Cohen was truly an independent freewheeling film legend ", author-director Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead", "Baby Driver") said Sunday and praised him for so many fun, high-concept genre romps with ideas larger than the budget. "
New York Natives Cohen began television, writing episodes for series such as" The Fugitive "," The Defenders "and" Surfside 6. "New York would be the setting for many of Cohen's films, including 1982 & # 39 ; 's "Q", where a giant flying lizard rests on top of the Chrysler building.
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Cohen later directed Bette Davis & # 39; last movie, "Wicked Stepmother" in 1989. Later he wrote the 2002 Colin Farrell thriller "Phone Booth" and 2004's "Cellular" with Chris Evans.
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Cohen was often his own producer, director, author and sometimes prop-maker and production manager. "Otherwise" he told the village's voice, "I should sit down with the producers, and the producers are a real pain in the fox, believe me."