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Audio Commentary:Commentary by Writer/Director Larry Cohen
Theatrical Trailer:Trailers of this and the sequels "It Lives Again" and "It's Alive III: Island of the Alive"
An interesting hybrid of melodrama and monster movie, It's Alive focuses more on story and satirical social commentary than blood and gore, finding a balanced tone of realism meets camp. In the tradition of other great monster movies, clever quick-edit shots of the baby are introduced to the audience in small doses, building some solid suspense. Sure, there's mandatory suspension of belief involved, but who has time to ponder gaping holes in logic when an entire metropolis lives in fear of a baby monstrosity?
Maverick independent film maker Larry Cohen struck gold with this chilling "it could happen to you" tale of terror which went on to gain cult status and spawn two sequels (It Lives Again and Island of the Alive). Featuring some strong performances, genuinely creepy creature effects by master of make-up artist Rick Baker (King Kong, Star Wars, Men in Black), and a marvelously effective score by legendary composer Bernard Hermann (Psycho, The Birds, Kill Bill Vol. 1), It's Alive is schlock at its best. --Matt Wold
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The plot is simple: a relatively normal (though slightly quirky) middle-aged couple with an 11-year-old son, who decided to have one more child, is going through what is obviously a prolonged, painful pregnancy for the expectant soon-to-be-second-time-mother. The Davis family, consisting of Frank (John P. Ryan), Lenore (Sharon Farrell) and Chris (Daniel Holzman) just want to get through it, already. Lenore finally goes into labor one night, and the whole family drives to the hospital, during which time Frank tries to lighten the mood with a little humor. During the interminable wait in the hospital lobby, Frank overhears two men discussing something about the toxins being released into the environment and how scientists are warning of the possible mutations this could cause for humans. Suddenly, a badly wounded doctor comes stumbling out of the O/R and drops dead on the hallway floor. Frank and the others run into the room to find a scene of sheer horror: five doctors and nurses dead, their throats all torn and bloody. As they stare in shock and amazement, Lenore (who is uninjured) delivers the chilling news: she gave birth to a newborn baby monster. As Frank and the police try to find the Davis' mutated son, who had escaped the hospital through a ventilation shaft, Baby Davis tries to find his way home by himself, dispatching several unaware victims in the process.Read more ›
Technically this film is competent, though it does have a few particularly rough edits. The acting isn't great, but it's perhaps above average for this sorta film, with out a single stunningly bad performance. Special note goes to John Ryan as Frank Davis. His stoicism could be interpreted as simply wooden acting, but however you take it it fits the role well enough. Again, the film is mostly about how the baby's rampage effects him, so you need to like and be interested in the guy, and I was.Read more ›
It's Alive (1974), not to be confused with the dreadful 1969 Larry Buchanan made for TV movie of the same name, was written and directed by the extremely multi-faceted schlock auteur Larry Cohen, who's had some recent successes with stories produced into the films Phone Booth (2002), Cellular (2004), and Captivity, scheduled for 2004, but will probably see a release in '05. It's Alive stars John P. Ryan (Class of 1999) and Sharon Farrell (Night of the Comet). Also appearing is William Wellman Jr. (The Puppet Masters), James Dixon (Q: The Winged Serpent), and Andrew Duggan (Bone).
Frank (Ryan) and Lenore (Farrell) Davis are expecting a baby...and now it's hospital time as the birth is nearing. Things appear normal, but difficulties arise as the doctor estimates the bambino a whopping 11 pounds (ouch!)...Read more ›
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One of my favorite movies. Still creepy after all these years. Very glad I rented it.Published 2 days ago by F.B. Hayduk
My sister took me to see this movie when I was very little while we were in Germany. I spent half the time under the theater seat. LOL would be interesting to see this in a remake. Read morePublished 1 month ago by scwilliamson
I vividly remember seeing this box on the shelf in my local video stores, and thought it might be fun to give this film a try sometime. Read morePublished 9 months ago by David Girod
Its alive is an ok movie and was somewhat interesting. It was so long ago when I watched it but today's movies had me thinking in another direction.Published 11 months ago by M
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