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  • Actors: Bijou Phillips, James Murray
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002DLB17A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,425 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Einsatz on February 10, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
That was the question posed in the original movies: was this a baby or a monster? In the original movies they went out of their way to make them monsters, no mistake. In this movie they make it a 'baby' rarely seen. How scary is that? Where are the fangs, the claws, and that horrible noise they made? Gone. Instead, we get a father who's barely involved, a mother who abruptly goes mad (in an unconvincing manner), and a little brother who watches his cat disappear but never bothers to mention it to anyone! Hello, something under my bed swiped my cat!
What was poignant in the original, who was responsible for this monster, the parents or nature, was sadly lacking in this pathetic little remake.
As others have mentioned, was it necessary to remake the original? No. Did they attempt to make this movie better than the first 3? No. Have we been duped? Yes. Did we waste our money? Oh, yeah. Should we warn people of impending gloom should they bother buying this mess-terpiece? At the very least.
Consider yourself warned.
I did, however, love the DVD cover. But it's a trap!
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By David J. Brown on October 7, 2009
Format: DVD
Oh, yeah, I know why, because the majority of horror cinema offerings, when they're not sequels, are friggin' remakes! Right. That's the real reason why horror remakes make dough. They get the mainstream simps to see them as if they were new and they get us real horror buffs to see them because we're so damn hungry for horror that we run out of food. Well, here we are with It's Alive 2009. Who in the hell would've thought that the 1972 Larry Cohen cheapie of the same name would be worthy of a remake over thirty years later? NO ONE! But here it is direct to video ready to be snatched up by the unsuspecting horror geek. I even had decent to high hopes for this remake seeing that Larry Cohen, the director and writer of the original(as well as Q: The Winged Serpent, Bone, God Told Me To, The Stuff), was involved in its screenplay. But, then there's two other names listed after his. Don't know much about this project honestly so I can't speculate on what his and the other screenwriter's contributions were, but I can tell we have a real mess of a horror film on our hands.

Lets talk first about the good things this remake does before we get to the real horror. They slanted the angle of the story from the original. Sure, they did the usual 'youthing' up of the main characters Frank Davis(James Murray) and Lorna(Bijou Phillips), but they also changed the main plot thrust. In the original film as soon as the mutant baby is born he's gone and everyone is out to find him. Father Frank has a bond with the mutant tot and tries to protect him despite the fact that his son is a monsterous killer. In this remake they scaled the story down. It mostly takes place in a secluded country home in New Mexico.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By metal1121 on October 11, 2009
Format: DVD
Trust me when I say this movie is bad. The production was terrible. The people talking was low and the music was loud. The acting isn't worth anything and the ending was not only open-ended, it didn't make much sense. Everything that can be wrong with a movie is in this one. Don't be fooled because you recognize the name. This isn't worth your time.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Frederick Pangborn on March 20, 2010
Format: DVD
The original 1974 version was nothing to write home about and this movie is beyond that! I wound up fast forwarding through the majority of this movie! How in the world is a new born baby capable of throwing people around like the Hulk???? Are you kidding me!? This was one of the worst movies I've seen in a while! Don't waste your time!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Todd W. Storey on October 11, 2009
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I received my copy of "It's Alive" yesterday, and watched it last night, alone, at midnight. I was able to sleep soundly afterwards. While it had it's moments, it was certainly no frightfest.

First, the differences...

This time around, the baby looks totally normal (Or does he? More on this in a bit). So, after the slaughter in the delivery room, the police have no suspect They certainly have no cause to think that the newborn shivering on it's mother's stomach did it, where in the first film it was quite evident since the umbilical cord was chewed through and the baby was GONE. This version is also told from Lenore's viewpoint, whereas the first film focused on the father, Frank, and his hunt for the mutant infant. Frank is pretty much reduced to stumbling around cluelessly in this version, watching Lenore slowly going psycho (with "becoming more withdrawn and somber" passing for psychosis). Chris, who was the couple's older son in the original, has been changed to Frank's younger, parapalegic brother. Making him wheelchair bound seems rather pointless, as it's never used as a plot device (unless you count the requisite "helpless? victim alone" scene). Like the original it also has a shocking ending, although this time it's VERY dark.

What went wrong? Well, the main fault lies with the baby himself (who is actually given a name this time, Daniel). Apparently, he looks normal enough that Frank never questions anything, yet we know that Daniel possesses long, sharp fingernails (seen in a breastfeeding scene) and a MOUTHFUL of sharp, jagged teeth (seen in a VERY brief climactic close-up). Does he change form? Is he gradually mutating as he grows? This is never explained.
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