Larry Cohen and his children.
Life has been good to me. I keep making pictures. Every year I make something. As long as I keep working, I have nothing to complain about. And the films I've made have all had some point to them. Otherwise, I wouldn't have felt they were worth doing. You have to have some direction in which you're headed and a destination which you have to arrive at by the end of the film, so that you feel it was a satisfactory trip. Some kind of personal statement has to be made.
Larry Cohen (born July 15, 1941) is an American film writer, director, and producer best known for his low-budget works with heavy social commentary. He originally made his way through Hollywood back in the 1960's
as a screenwriter and producer. Having gained enough money and a strong enough reputation to start making his own movies, he created his first film, Bone
(aka The Housewife
). Unfortunately, it had a great deal of difficulty getting distribution and finding an audience, so consequently did very poorly in the box office. After being encouraged to write and direct a blaxploitation
film, he created the considerably more successful Black Caesar
. Soon after, he turned to making horror movies
, for which he is probably most famous.
These days, he has returned to writing screenplays, most of which are made-for-TV movies; he did direct an episode of the short-lived Showtime anthology series Masters of Horror
("Pick Me Up").