LARRY COHEN: THE STUFF OF GODS AND MONSTERS
Movie maverick’s memories
released OUT NOW! 689 pages | Hardback/Paperback
Author Michael doyle
Publisher BearManor Media
Not many filmmakers warrant a book-length Q&A, but “B-movie auteur” Larry Cohen is one of them.
As hefty as it is pricey, this draws on in-depth interviews with the writer/director of cult items like It’s Alive and Q: The Winged Serpent, carried out over the course of three years. Addressing each of his films in turn, it also details his childhood, his early work in TV, and aborted projects.
It’s often fascinating. Cohen is a man with an interesting career, a good memory, and a well-stocked store of anecdotes. Frank opinions on the industry’s egotists, idea thieves and clueless marketers sit alongside great anecdotes about his notorious guerrilla filmmaking tactics. He also sounds forth on how ’60s show The Invaders (his brainchild) could have been better realised, and provides intriguing insights into personalities such as Alfred Hitchcock and composer Bernard Herrmann.
True, at nearly 700 pages (including copious, overlydetailed footnotes) it may prove a bit too much for all but Cohen’s small army of loyal fans – but they will be in heaven. Ian Berriman