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Hell Up in Harlem

Released 1973
Distributor AIP

Larry Cohen details the typically unorthodox story behind the hurry-up production of the sequel to his sleeper hit Black Caesar. Fred Williamson’s Black Godfather is resurrected from his semi-death to avenge himself on the Mafia. James Brown’s music was dumped by Larry in favor of Edwin Starr, and ended up on Brown’s album “The Payback.”

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About Larry Cohen

The prolific writer-producer-director Larry Cohen began his career in television creating hit shows like Branded and The Invaders.  His feature career took off with the killer baby trio of It’s Alive and two sequels.  Among his movie credits are Q – The Winged Serpent, Full Moon High, The Private Life of J. Edgar Hoover, Return to Salem’s Lot, Hell Up in Harlem and the screenplays for Phone Booth and Cellular.  He also wrote and directed the Masters of Horror episode, Pick Me Up. Larry passed away on March 23, 2019.

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