Larry Cohen, one of the horror genres most legendary icons, has passed away confirms Variety. He was 77-years-old.
The producer, director and later screenwriter dominated the independent movie market in the ’70s and ’80s with classics such as It’s Alive, God Told Me To, and Q.
Although people refer to his works as B-movies, they were much more than that. Their low budget appearance and seriousness only added to their creepy artistic effect. This was something that fans appreciated and supported through the decades.
Shade Rupe, Cohen’s friend and publicist announced his passing on Facebook, saying that the filmmaker was surrounded by loved ones in Los Angeles when he died.
“The entire #KingCohen team mourns the loss of its star, hero and King, #LarryCohen,” reads the post. “His unparalleled talents were surpassed only by his giant heart. The impact he made on television and cinema will be felt forever, and our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.”
Cohen’s career began in television in the ’60s with dramatic crime shows such as “The Defenders,” “Espionage,” and “The Invaders.”
In a lot of his horror films, the male leads were thrust into pursuing answers to supernatural events. In It’s Alive, John Ryan is on the trail of his deformed killer newborn.
In 1982’s Q Michael Moriarty’s character hunts a legendary winged serpent terrorizing New York from the skies. And in 1985, Moriarty returns as Cohen’s lead in The Stuff where he hunts for answers to a killer whipped-topping-like dessert.
Cohen had the pleasure of directing Bette Davis in her final film called Wicked Stepmother and continued to churn out low budget films in the ’90s.
He began to do screenwriting which led to semi-successful movies at the box office. Films such as Phone Booth starring Colin Farrel and Cellular with Chris Evan drew in reasonable crowds.
The director also participated in Showtime’s horror anthology Masters of Horror with a segment titled Pick Me Up, reuniting him with Moriarty once again.