Cohen was born in Kingston, New York, USA. Cohen moved to the Riverdale section of the Bronx at an early age, eventually majoring in film at the City College of New York. He started his career in television, writing on many shows and creating the cult classics Branded and The Invaders. He wrote, produced, and directed his first feature film, Bone, in 1972. He came to prominence with It’s Alive (1974), a horror film about a mutant killer baby. Though cheaply produced, it is notable for its satirical black humor (the hero’s son slaughters the medical staff at birth) and for its exploration of the parents’ dilemma: the hero, who has fathered one of the creatures, at first disowns it but later tries to protect it despite its obvious anti-social tendencies. It’s Alive is also noted for being scored by Bernard Herrmann. Cohen made two sequels, It Lives Again (1978) and It’s Alive III: Island of the Alive (1987).
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Not as great as Black Caesar but still a lot of fun. Improvised on the run, shot without permits, on the weekends of Cohen's It's Alive shoot, it's an incredible rush of energy. It doesn't have any real narrative structure, just incident piled upon incident. Julius Harris is great. Fred's good too but seems divorced from his own movie, frequently (and obviously) not even in the same room as the rest of the cast.