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Larry Cohen’s 1984 Satirical Horror ‘Special Effects’ Hits DVD.

SpecialEffectsThe multi-talented Eric Bogosian (Pulitzer Prize-nominated author, actor and National Endowment for the Arts recipient) headlines director Larry Cohen’s (It’s Alive) satirical thriller Special Effects.

From the writer & director of It’s Alive, Larry Cohen’s Special Effects casts a satirical eye on Hollywood, viewed through the prism of the horror film genre. When the fresh-faced Oklahoma country boy Keefe (Brad Rijn, Smithereens) comes looking for his wife Mary Jean (Zoe Tamerlis, Ms .45), a wannabe actress, he soon discovers the seamy side of Tinsel Town when Mary Jean is found dead and he’s the prime suspect.

With a few swipes at Hollywood archetypes (Eric Bogosian as Christopher Neville, a once-revered Wunderkind director; Zoe Tamerlis as Mary Jean look-alike, Elaine, a budding actress who isn’t beyond manipulating the situation for her own benefit), Special Effects offers chills, thrills, shrieks, and a few laughs along the way.

Written and directed by Larry Cohen, Special Effects also stars Kevin O’Connor (Let’s Scare Jessica to Death) and Richard Greene (TV’s Mad Men) in supporting roles.

Special Effects releases through Olive Films on October 18, 2016. Pre-orders begin September 13, 2016.

Written by Michael Therkelsen

(Senior Editor)