Biography

Born on July 15, 1941 in Washington Heights, New York. Educated at the City College of New York.

 

Larry CohenEducated at the City College of New York. In the late 1950’s he starts writing teleplays as well as scripts for TV-episodes for CBS and NBC. He meets Alfred Hitchcock in the mid-60’s and writes several treatments for him, which the director admired. Only one of those is brought to screen by Mark Robson. Unhappy with the results of other people adapting his screenplays, he decides to make his own films. In 1972 he writes, produces, and directs his first feature film, Bone, and comes to fame two years later with It’s Alive. He becomes well known for his inventive low-budget horror and science-fiction films, such as God Told Me To or Q- The Winged Serpent, all of them characterized by a provocative social commentary. In 1977 he directs his most ambitious project, a biopic on the life and work of FBI founder J. Edgar Hoover. Since the 90’s he has focused mainly on writing. In 2002 and 2004, he reaches a new and wider audience when his screenplays for Phone Booth and Cellular are turned into major studio films. Larry Cohen lives in Los Angeles.

Press

Legendary Director Larry Cohen Discusses His Career and ‘King Cohen’

Interview With Larry Cohen: Hail To The King, by Peter Sobczynski

WORLD PREMIERE OF “KING COHEN” AT FANTASIA FEST JULY 2017, MONTREAL CANADA!

KING COHEN DIRECTOR, STEVE MITCHELL, TALKS TO DREAD CENTRAL

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, KING COHEN, FANTASIA ANNOUNCEMENTS

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, KING COHEN, FANTASIA ANNOUNCEMENTS

411Mania Interviews KING COHEN Director, Steve Mitchell

Larry Cohen Speaks With Dread Central


Selected Articles and Reviews

God_obsessionGod Told Me To
DVD Pick of the Week
God Told Me To: Obsession and Madness: both Real and Imagined, by Mark Berger – Yes! Weekly, June 3, 2015

varietyVariety, Masters of Horror, 2005

 

 

 

newYorker_20204How to Survive in Hollywood, Amy Wallace on Larry Cohen, The New Yorker, February 2, 2004

 

 

 

screenwritersPhone Booth: Inside the Booth with Larry Cohen, Screenwriters Monthly, 2003

 

 

 

keyesKeyes to the Town, Evelyn Keys, 1987

 

 

 

 

gangstasCritical Praise For Larry Cohen’s Original Gangstas

 

 

 

 

variety1982Larry Cohen’s Q, is a hit, Variety, December, 1982

 

 

 

 

theStuffThe New York  Critics Love Larry Cohen’s, Stuff, Reviews

 

 

 

 

trick_is_murderThe Trick is Murder,  Reviews, February 17, 1979