According to King Cohen, a new documentary from director Steve Mitchell, the filmmaker Larry Cohen is a bulldozer of creative force who broke through “the rules” of Hollywood to create a slew of films that shattered racial stigmas and skirted the boundaries of good taste. By looking back over the life and career of this writer-director-producer, Mitchell reveals an inspiring story that like his subject, manages to provide pure, unadulterated entertainment.
Director Joe Dante of Gremlins fame is now working on a horror movie called Camp Cold Brook. It’s about the crew of a “reality” TV show that goes on fake ghost hunts for ratings. This movie belonging to the genre that it does, the crew is about to encounter some REAL spooks — at Camp Cold Brook, the location of a deadly thirty-child drowning 20 years ago. Now the kids are coming back!
I was first introduced to my next interview subject when I visited a Blockbuster video store during a visit to my uncle’s house in 1996. We rented several movies that weekend, and one of them was Amazon Women On The Moon. A wild compilation of sketches, one that stood out was a sketch called “Roast Your Loved One”, where wakes were turned into roasts. The widow of Archie Hahn’s Harvey Pitnik was named Bernice, and she was played by Belinda Balaski. She got some great lines in that sketch. 15 years later, I befriended Belinda Balaski on Facebook and acquired her autograph.