The Horror genre recently lost another one of its icons.
I can still remember my introduction into the world of Larry Cohen, we had a corner shop that also served as an illegal video rental shop, these were quite common in the UK during the 1990’s. It was here that a pre-teen me saw a video cover for a film called “The Stuff”, It certainly had my interest.
As someone who was not long discovered the world of the Horror genre it was all new to me, I was wide eyed and curious about it all. I paid to rent the video for the night (the guy never bothered with age checks) and headed home in anticipation of what this mysterious VHS had in store for me.
I remember laughing, laughing a lot and also being shocked in certain scenes. When it was all over I rewound the tape and watched it again (I was definitely getting my moneys worth) and I enjoyed it even more the second time around. This didn’t happen a lot but when it did it was usually a newly discovered Horror film.
I always enjoyed reading the back of the boxes of films and had recently started paying attention to the end credits, nothing unusual there but what I had also started doing was making notes of who directed what film, which actors did I enjoy in it and so on. This way I knew who and what to look out for in the future.
Now what you have to remember here is this is pre-internet days, so I couldn’t just google everything, I had to dig around and do my own research. I could and would spend hours in video shops, I’m sure I annoyed a lot of staff but these places were a goldmine to me and I’m pretty sure I read near enough every box in there.
Armed with my notes I found two more films directed by Larry Cohen, one called “It’s Alive” and another that I was extremely excited for called “Maniac Cop” which featured a new actor for me that I had really enjoyed, a guy on my list called Bruce Campbell who had terrified and entertained me in “Evil Dead”.
|Larry Cohen 1936 – 2019|