The career of legendary writer and director Larry Cohen will be celebrated at a retrospective of his films in New York, EW can exclusively reveal.
The screenings will take place on May 6 and 7 at Manhattan’s newly relaunched Quad Cinema. The retrospective of the prolific filmmaker is called Larry Cohen’s New York and will focus on the local director’s “homegrown” movies. The lineup includes the “Whisper” cut of Cohen’s 1976 religious horror-thriller God Told Me To, which has never been shown in New York before. The other films screening are The Ambulance, Black Caesar, Perfect Strangers, Special Effects, The Stuff, and Q, the latter of which was partly shot at the top of the Chrysler Building.
Cohen himself will be present for most of the screenings and actor Eric Bogosian is scheduled to appear with the director for the screening of Special Effects. The filmmaker’s many other credits include writing and directing It’s Alive and writing Maniac Cop and the Colin Farrell-starring Phone Booth.
“New York is the world’s greatest back lot,” Cohen said in a statement. “I’ve loved shooting action at the top of the Chrysler Building, in Harlem and Times Square and in the midst of the St. Patrick’s Day parade. The Quad has always been one of my favorite New York theaters. It will be like coming home.”
The Quad will officially re-open to the public on April 14 and will be announcing showtimes shortly. In the meantime, you can sign up for the theater’s newsletter at the Quad’s official site.
Watch Cohen talk about both God Told Me To and Q in videos from Gremlins director Joe Dante’s Trailers From Hell website, below.
The Quad Cinema will host Larry Cohen’s New York, May 6-7.