Larry-Thon!: A Larry Cohen Triple Feature (Larry Cohen in person!)


The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover – 5:30pm
The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover is a post-Watergate movie, right enough, and it revels in the fact.” — Pierre Greenfield, Parallax View

The master of high-concept horror applies his snap-crackle-pop talents to the sweeping historical epic with equal aplomb! Once Tricky Dick & Co. were felled in the mid-’70s, the recently-deceased notorious FBI head honcho became the next prime target for public reinterpretation; executed with muckraking flair, TPFOJEH is one of the sweetest gems in Larry Cohen’s filmography, as it delivers the juicy goods on the man who had the secret juicy goods on practically every notable American of the post-War era. In the tradition of such journalistic potboiler classics as Ace In The Hole or Park Row, Cohen takes us on a whirlwind tour of Hoover’s five decades of super-sleazy achivements, bolstered by a killer cast including Rip Torn, Ronee Blakely and Broderick Crawford.
Dir. Larry Cohen, 1977, 35mm, 112 min.

Q: The Winged Serpent – 7:45pm
2012 is almost upon us, and feathered serpent gods are totally in — everybody and their mom has a morbid fascination with the Mayan Calendar. But, Larry Cohen, visionary filmmaker that he has always been, was way ahead of that new age-y stuff, and in 1982 he put Quetzalcoatl on the silver screen as a murderous, construction worker-decapitating snake-bird. Q: The Winged Serpent is one of the greatest monster movies you’ve never seen, complete with creepy sacrificial cults, panoramic NYC vistas (providing an amazing cockeyed view of the Big Apple from above) and the beast itself – a merciless claymation killing machine. Our brilliant, droopy unintentional hero, Michael Moriarty (the Mifune to Larry Cohen’s Kurosawa), plays a petty criminal/toe-tappin’ jazz cat who gets mixed up with the cops, a feather-festooned cult of crazies and one mean monster god – all in the same incredible movie! Comedy, horror and a stew of reconfigured film conventions will keep this legendary flick nested in your heart until the old gods return and gobble us up.
Dir. Larry Cohen, 1982, 35mm, 93 min.

It’s Alive – 9:45pm
Its teeth tear limbs and crunch bone, it travels at inhuman speed — and it was born at Cedars Sinai…?  Larry Cohen’s first foray into horror filmmaking, this mutant killer infant movie (with creature FX by Rick Baker) is the most notorious entry in the Cohen canon, but it contains an unexpected level of genuine emotion, crafty writing and thoroughly involved performances (particularly from John P. Ryan, who, as the father of the malevolent tyke, gives one of the great “empassioned freaky male lead” turns, alongside such competition in other Cohen films as heavy-hitters Michael Moriarty, Yaphet Kotto, Frederic Forrest and Eric Bogosian!)  Did you know it’s also Cohen’s take on the Generation Gap?  Larry says: “The early ‘70s was a period of big change for family life in America. Teenagers wore their hair long, used drugs, and listened to music that was alien to their parents.  I had read in the paper that one father actually shot his son with a shotgun because he felt his kid had turned into a monster.  I said, ‘How about a movie where people in a normal family give birth to a monster as an allegory for what was going on here?’”  Run — don’t crawl — to see this exploitation classic with Larry in person!
Dir. Larry Cohen, 1974, 35mm, 91 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover”!
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Watch the trailer for “Q: The Winged Serpent”!
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Watch the trailer for “It’s Alive”!
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