In this clip from our Patreon-exclusive episode on Joel Schumacher and Larry Cohen’s taut single-location thriller Phone Booth, we discuss how long it took this particular idea to come to fruition. 

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We close out Larry Cohen Month with the rest of our discussion on the less-than-stellar Special Effects. It’s a movie that wallows in sleaze and wears its love of Hitchcock and DePalma on its sleeves. It’s a bit too meta for its own good in ways that don’t totally make sense, and it also wants us to care about Keefe, the dumbest man on the planet (this that might be the film’s biggest crime). Still, it’s a fun discussion and we still love Larry Cohen, despite this misstep.

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We’re closing out Larry Cohen Month this week with 1984’s Special Effects, a movie that is sure to be an exercise in film commentary and sleaziness. In the first ten minutes, we find ourselves in a niche peep show, meet a woman who’s voice is dubbed by Rue McClanahan, and see a cowbaby (a cowboy baby). Also: Josh is consumed by the notion of J.J.’s Apricot Lot, which sends him down an interesting rabbit hole. Come back on Thursday for Part 2.

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As part of Larry Cohen Month, we’re unlocking our Patreon episode on the Larry Cohen-directed Eric Roberts-starring The Ambulance. This movie is an absolute blast! Things we love: James Earl Jones’s simmering hatred of Eric Roberts. Red Buttons’s over-the-top newspaperman. Stan Lee as himself. Random street toughs. Bulletproof ambulance. Seriously, this movie is everything we wanted.

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On today’s episode, we finally unravel the mystery at the center of Deadly Illusion, and folks… it makes no sense at all. It’s one of the most unnecessarily convoluted plots in cinema history, but honestly it doesn’t matter because there’s a scythe fight, a helicopter opening fire on a posh restaurant, and two men fighting inside a Christmas tree. Plus Billy Dee Williams strutting around in a blazer with no shirt. This movie gave us a thrill like so few do. This one is a real dumb gem.

We kick off Larry Cohen Month by bringing along Billy Dee Williams to explore a Deadly Illusion. Hamberger (don’t make fun of his name, okay?) is a crack-shot private investigator who is hired to kill a man’s wife. Since things aren’t always as they seem in a Larry Cohen movie, what’s really going on? Do the rich folks live on Plum Island? Will they solve the JFK Assassination in this movie? Will Hamberger deflect a killing blow with a head of lettuce. We’ll know for sure in Part 2 on Thursday.