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  • Actors: Shirley Bonne, Larry Buchanan, Tommy Kirk, Corveth Ousterhouse, Bill Thurman
  • Directors: Larry Buchanan
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000YEDX6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,589 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "It's Alive/Year 2889" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Two outlandish, monstrous curios from legendary Texas director Larry Buchanan, creator of Mars Needs Women and The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald! In It's Alive!, a forest ranger (Disney star Tommy Kirk) and unwary travelers run afoul of a roadside zookeeper (Billy Thurman) who feeds people to his pet dinosaur-man (also Thurman, in a tatty suit). Then take a trip to Year 2889, where Paul Peterson (TV's The Donna Reed Show) is destined to father a new world after a nuclear war has decimated Texas. Unfortunately, he and a handful of other survivors must contend with cannibalistic, telepathic mutants!

Customer Reviews

I happen to like b movies; I admit it.
Dan Penwarn
Will the survivors be able to fight off the mutants and keep from killing themselves in the process?
Unfortunately, the creature's appearance is not very impressive.
Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 6, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
As a longtime fan of cheesemaster Larry Buchanan, I was eager to see these two movies. While I view "Zontar, The Thing From Venus" as the touchstone for Buchanan, this cheesy duo stands on their own peculiar merits.

"It's Alive," from 1969, is the weaker of the two offerings in every sense, so I recommend watching it first. The premise is that a young couple (Tommy Kirk and Shirley Bonne) on a driving holiday run out of gas at Billy Thurman's roadside circus of freaks. Thurman has an involuntarily detained housekeeper who narrates much of the film in a traditional Buchanan collection of flashbacks, and quickly detains the couple as well. The film sort of plays as a weird combination of "Manos, The Hands of Fate" and "Psycho" only without the nuance or character detail of either. Thurman is a sadistic creep who has wildcats and rattlesnakes among other things in his zoo, but his prize possession is the leftover costume from Buchanan's 1967 picture "Creature of Destruction." This monster dwells in a cave under Thurman's house, and while the script assures us it is a huge aquatic lizard, the DVD box refers to it as a "pet dinosaur-man," a premise that is discussed in some hilarious detail in the film. Thurman fairs reasonably as an actor here, but the rest of the cast appears to have never read their lines before.

"It's Alive" is very plodding and suffers from extremely low production values (even by Buchanan's chintzy standards.) The plot is fairly predictable, and borrows a lot of things from other films (in addition to the costume, note the recycled music from "Zontar," etc.) The film really does have a lot of structural similarities to "Manos" especially in the beginning when the couple is lost on their drive.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By cookieman108 on March 1, 2004
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Oh man...yesterday I 'treated' myself to a mini Larry Buchanan film festival and I am now suffering from hangover like symptoms this morning. I thought it kind of odd that I should watch these two terrible movies on Oscar night, a night when Hollywood celebrates its' best films.
Anyway, Azalea Productions, which worked with American International Television, a subsidiary of American International Pictures (AIP), was sort of a dumping ground for AIP's younger stars that lost some of their sheen. Azalea's productions where beyond cheap, and mostly produced for TV, turning out such schlock as The Eye Creatures (1965), Zontar the Thing from Venus (1966), among others. Larry Buchanan, director of Mars Needs Women (1967), was in charge, and pretty prolific. Retromedia presents two of his more memorable (or forgettable) telefilms here.
It's Alive (1969) stars once popular Disney star Tommy Kirk, who appeared in films like Old Yeller (1957), The Shaggy Dog (1959), and Swiss Family Robinson (1960), but once he became older, lost his appeal towards casting directors and was forced to dwell in movie hell. The plot for this movie is basically a young New York couple, the Sterns, gets lost in the Ozarks, meets Wayne Thomas (Tommy Kirk), a paleontologist working in the area, who directs the Sterns to a nearby house in that they may get some gasoline and make it back to civilization. The secluded house belongs to a man named Greely (Billy Thurman), who also runs a sort of dinosaur park with wild animals that he's captured over the years. He's got snakes, wildcats, monkeys (where the heck did he capture monkeys in the Ozarks?) and something lurking in the caves behind his house, his prize possession. Seems Greely found a prehistoric creature, and feeds the occasional lost traveler to his 'pet'.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jack Burgess on January 25, 2004
Format: DVD
Who cares what anyone says negatively about Larry Buchanan's
films. Personally this is good cult movie entertainment. One
cannot properly critique a "cult movie" like mainstream films.
Either you appreciate this art form for what it is or stay with
regular fare. If you like Ed Wood type of filmaking get this DVD.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Craig Edwards on March 18, 2009
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It's Alive (1968) American International Pictures moved into television in the mid 1960's with a package of their black and white 1950's movies, which local stations would purchase and then show during their movie programs . But the value of the package would be more if AIP could include more color films with the black and white ones, so the ever clever heads of AIP, Sam Arkoff and Jim Nicholson, came up with a plan: give somebody a tiny amount of money, some color 16mm film, and access to the scripts of those earlier movies and let that someone produce some color remakes with new titles they could include in their movie package to boost its value. The someone in question was Texas filmmaker Larry Buchanan, and for about the cost of one of AIP's color Poe films, Buchanan produced eight (!) movies for AIP! This particular movie was not a remake, but a second movie to re-use a monster suit Buchanan had previously featured in Creature of Destruction, one of the AIP remakes. This time out a guy named Greely (Bill Thurman) out in the boonies around the Ozark mountains supplements his failing exotic animal roadside attraction with a real humdinger: a prehistoric creature in a cave behind his house. The problem is, once you go into the cave to look at the beastie, the completely insane Greely locks you in for feeding time. Guess what the monster gets for dinner? Former Disney star Tommy Kirk (The Shaggy Dog) serves time in this filmic purgatory as a forest ranger captured by Thurman along with a married couple who had the bad luck to run out of gas right outside Greely's house. Lots of talk ensues.Read more ›
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