Watch Now: BONE
In the ‘70s and ‘80s, Larry Cohen made a name for himself as a filmmaker specialized in horror and science fiction films (It’s Alive, It Lives Again, A Return to Salem’s Lot), while in the later part of his career he wrote films such as Phone Booth or the story for Cellular. In 1972, he made his directing debut with Bone, a black comedy crime film featuring Yaphet Kotto, Andrew Duggan and Joyce Van Patten. What looks like a home invasion thriller on paper is in fact a cleverly written subversive commentary on 1970s America and the morally and ideologically corrupt core lurking behind the polished white picket fence.
A seemingly wealthy Beverly Hills husband and wife are quarreling in their home when a mysterious black man appears in their house and starts looking for their money. Since there’s no fortune hiding under the floorboards or in the safe, the husband is sent by the visitor to the bank, and if he doesn’t come back in an hour, the wife is the one who will suffer. But with every passing minute it becomes clearer that the couple’s marriage, financial and social status are built on shaky foundations, and the black robber soon gets a taste of what he craved for from the other side of the fence.