Famed B-movie filmmaker and later high-concept successful screenwriter Larry Cohen has died at the age of 77. Cohen reportedly passed away in Los Angeles Saturday night surrounded by loved ones.
Cohen began his career in the 1960s writing episodes of series like “The Defenders” and “The Invaders” before jumping to directing films like “It’s Alive,” “Q: The Winged Serpent” and “The Stuff”. He was known for fun high concept genre works whose ambition always exceeded their budget.
Then, in the early 2000s Cohen took the basic idea of a phone and turned it into two successful thrillers – 2002’s “Phone Booth” with Colin Farrell and 2004’s “Cellular” with Chris Evans.
Cohen was included in the Showtime TV anthology “Masters of Horror” in 2006 with his segment ‘Pick Me Up’ scoring acclaim.