Strap yourself in for King Cohen, the true story of writer, producer, director, creator and all-around film maverick Larry Cohen (It’s Alive, Maniac Cop, The Stuff). Labelled “the John Cassavetes of exploitation”, Cohen’s story is told through interviews with and film clips of the people who helped fulfil his vision, including industry icons Joe Dante, John Landis, Martin Scorsese, Fred Williamson, J.J Abrahms and more. It’s a raucous celebration of a remarkable and prolific filmmaker who has spent more than half a century entertaining and shocking audiences without the slightest hint of compromise, in a documentary that brings one-of-a-kind insight into the work, process and legacy of a true American auteur.
“It’s really fantastic stuff, and at the centre of it all is the irascible Larry Cohen himself, a dyed-in-the-wool cinema rebel who deserves a far more elevated place in the genre pantheon than the one he currently occupies. Hopefully King Cohen goes a long way towards making that happen.”