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Viennale 3: John Ryan's Express

13 November 2010 5:24 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: Larry Cohen on the set of It's Alive (1973).

Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing.


From Euripides to Larry Cohen may seem like a considerable jump, but the more one looks into the careers of the seminal Greek dramatist (480-406 BC), author of Andromache, The Trojan Women and The Bacchae, and the exploitation-savvy New York-born writer/director (b. 1941) responsible for Q - The Winged Serpent, The Stuff and Black Caesar, the more certain parallels start to insistently emerge.

Both men revitalised existing genre "tropes" via the use of audaciously sharp satire—often aimed at authority-figures and/or conventional society's idea of "heroes"—alongside unexpected psychological depth in terms of characterisation (for both male and female roles).

And, just as in his lifetime Euripides lagged in terms of awards and critical acclaim behind the other two main tragedians of classical Athens—Aeschylus and Sophocles—likewise Cohen has often been overlooked »

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Q And A The Winged Serpent? A Short Interview With Genre Master Larry Cohen

8 April 2010 12:11 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

In the world of independent filmmaking a lot of people get their break only to discover they have no followup game. Then there are people like Larry Cohen. He's made his name and stayed in the game as a writer director and producer for decades. Known mainly for his work on films like It's Alive (1974), and The Stuff (1985) Cohen has also worked the mainstream side of cinema serving as screenwriter on such hi-profile projects as Phone Booth (2002), and Cellular (2004). And in the early part of his career he worked extensively in television creating such hugely popular shows as The Defenders, Branded and The Invaders. Talking to him, however briefly , was a true thrill. Finding him to be articulate, funny, gracious and deeply thought out about his career was even better. 

Larry is appearing in Chicago April 10 at Sci-Fi Spectacular 4 in conjunction with a special screening of Q The Winged Serpent »

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Chicagoans Win Tickets Now! Sci-Fi Spectacular April 10 with Master of Horror Larry Cohen

6 April 2010 2:17 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

We have a 2 sets of tickets to give away for this event- each set good for two folks. I for one wouldn't miss a chance to see Larry Cohen in person. he has directed some of the greats folks. His movies include The Stuff and It's Alive.

Names will be drawn at random on Thursday.  

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Master of Horror 

Larry Cohen 

(It's Alive, The Stuff, Q, God Told Me To)

is our Special Guest at the Sci-Fi Horror Spectacular 4

with a rare screening of Q the Winged Serpent! 

Here Is The Show Information: 

Sci-Fi Spectacular 4

Over 14 hours of Sci-Fi and Horror Madness!

Music Box Theatre

3733 N. Southport Ave.,

Chicago, Il


April 10, 2010 - Noon 'til 2am.

Doors open at 11am - come early and shop at 

the vending tables.

Special Trailer Trash session at 11:30am:

Half an Hour of Horror, Sci-Fi and Hilarious Trailers...

come early melt your mind with this added treat! »

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