On October 23, the New Beverly Cinema's monthly Grindhouse Film Festival will pay tribute to cult auteur Larry Cohen with a double bill of GOLD TOLD ME TO and BONE.
From the press release:
- Cohen is well known for directing such cult hits as BLACK CAESAR, HELL UP IN HARLEM, IT'S ALIVE, THE PRIVATE FILES OF J. EDGAR HOOVER, Q: THE WINGED SERPENT and THE STUFF. He has also had a long and successful writing career, going back to his work on numerous 1960's television programs and continuing on to feature films such as I THE JURY, BEST SELLER, MANIAC COP, BODY SNATCHERS, PHONE BOOTH, CELLULAR and the controversial recent release CAPTIVITY.
GOD TOLD ME TO follows the story of NYC police officer Tony Lo Bianco as he investigates a series of seemingly random murders where the only explanation from the killers is the statement "God told me to." As he digs deeper into the mystery he begins to uncover a bizarre tale that is one of Cohen's most interesting works. Watch for a young Andy Kaufman as a police officer who loses it and turns murderous during a parade.
BONE, Cohen's first feature, stars Yaphet Kotto as a thief who breaks into the home of a wealthy, happily married couple in Beverly Hills and soon finds that all is not as it seems. Not really an exploitation film, this is a sometimes surreal character-driven story that is full of twists and turns. Rarely screened, this is one that shouldn't be missed.
Film critic Robin Wood regards BONE very highly, so you might want to take this opportunity to see it.
The event starts at 7:30pm. Also on the bill are a reel of rare exploitation trailers and a free raffle. Tickets are $8. Call 323 465 8764 for more info.