Larry Cohen


A prolific writer for television who moved into film directing, Larry Cohen is responsible for some of the most interesting exploitation films of the 1970s and the 1980s in the crime, horror and science-fiction areas.


Larry Cohen | USA | 1972 | 95 minutes

A thief breaks into the home of a wealthy, happily married Beverly Hills couple. He soon finds out, though, that the couple is neither as wealthy as he thought they were nor as happily married as they appeared.

Friday, 19 February at 8.00pm

Black Caesar

Larry Cohen | USA | 1973 | 87 minutes

Blaxploitation re-imagining of Little Caesar (1931). Tommy Gibbs is a tough kid, raised in the ghetto, who aspires to be a kingpin criminal. As a young boy, his leg is broken by a bad cop on the take, during a payoff gone bad. Nursing his vengeance, he rises to power in New York City’s Harlem.

Friday, 26 February at 8.00pm

God Told Me To

Larry Cohen | USA | 1976 | 91 minutes

A detective investigates a series of murders linked only by their perpetrators’ explanations that ‘God told me to.’

Friday, 4 March at 8.00pm

The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover

Larry Cohen | USA | 1977 | 112 minutes

Biopic of the notorious FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover, who was head of the FBI from 1924-1972. The film follows Hoover from his racket-busting days through his reign under eight U.S. presidents.

Friday, 11 March at 8.00pm

Q: The Winged Serpent

Larry Cohen | USA | 1982 | 93 minutes

An Aztec god decides to nest atop the Chrysler Building in New York.

Friday, 18 March at 8.00pm