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It Lives Again / It's Alive 3 - Island of the Alive

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IT'S ALIVE 2 - IT'S ALIVE AGAIN IT'S ALIVE 3 - ISLAND OF THE ALIVE

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  • Actors: Michael Moriarty, Karen Black, Laurene Landon, James Dixon, Gerrit Graham
  • Directors: Larry Cohen
  • Writers: Larry Cohen
  • Producers: Larry Cohen, Barbara Zitwer, Barry Shils, Paul Kurta, Paul Stader
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
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  • Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2004
  • Run Time: 186 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002KQNKO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,789 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "It Lives Again / It's Alive 3 - Island of the Alive" on IMDb

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By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 10, 2004
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They're cute! They're cuddly! They'll rip yer head off! In IT'S ALIVE, the Davis baby ran (crawled) amok, leaving bodies strewn in it's frenzied wake! Larry Cohen's saga of babies gone bad continues with this double dose of pernicious pablum! IT LIVES AGAIN has Frank Davis (John P. Ryan) crashing a baby shower to deliver the bad news that the expectant parents (Frederic Forrest and Kathleen Lloyd) are about to hear the pitter-patter of little murderous-mutant feet! If that's not horrid enough, the government is watching and waiting for it's chance to swoop in and make things even worse! Mr. Mallory (John "horses-head-in-the-bed" Marley), leads a team of operatives bent on mutant infanticide. Frank must get the young couple into hiding at a secret facility before the inevitible bloodbath. Check out the delivery-room on wheels! Slower than the original, but good enough for repeat viewings. ISLAND OF THE ALIVE opens with the infamous taxi-cab delivery scene. Then, we shift to a father named Stephen Jarvis (Michael "Q-The Winged Serpent" Moriarty) fighting in court for the life of his caged son. The judge decides to spare the creature, and an island is found where it and others of it's kind can live in peace. Well, of course, invaders arrive to hunt down and kill the babies, only to become so much baby food themselves! Finally, another team is sent to "study" the lil' devils, who have all grown up into big ol' cannibals! Mmmm! It turns out that the "kids" have a plan of their own! Karen Black (Trilogy Of Terror, Burnt Offerings) stars as Jarvis' ex-wife, Ellen; who just wants to forget the whole "killer baby" thing. I love this one! Much gorier than the first two. This is a great double feature! Grab the first one too and complete the trifecta...
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In my review of 'It's Alive' I noted that that film was surprisingly serious and low-key for a film about murderous mutant babies. The same cannot be said for these two movies. However, they're highly entertaining, so between the 3 of them we get a bit of everything. This is some very entertaining schlock horror right here. Can't imagine why it isn't more popular.

'It Lives Again' is the better of the two here, and probably the best of the series. This is a direct sequel, as the killer baby epidemic is spreading and the government has resorted to immediate execution. Frank Davis is back with a number of sympathetic doctors and scientists, and is working to save the children. This time there are 3 babies, and there is a whole lot more baby mayhem. Though they're still occasionally conspicously absent from the frame, you see a whole lot more of the kids this time around. Obviously, they are rarely at all convincing but I think they look neat and seeing the babies maul someone is always a treat. There's still quite a bit of downtime, but Frank is still entertaining to watch, so it doesn't hurt it all too much. He's getting pretty obsessive and nutty by now, but I still sympathize with him. This time around the whole thing seems a lot wackier. Now they've got whole legions of cops waiting for the babies, and watching them search the hillside and lengthily discuss baby-hunting strategy is just very amusing. The film is hurt by the fact that the ending is a bit to reiterative of the original. Seems a little lazy this way, but it doesn't matter too much.

Grade: B

'Island of the Alive' is easily the weakest of the series, but it's still entertaining and deserves some credit for trying something new.
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It Lives Again (Larry Cohen, 1978)

It certainly shouldn't have, but it did, in fact, live again, four years after the original film. A lot of people with otherwise impressive resumes must have all needed money at the same time, for they got together and made this el-cheapo slasher sequel to the cult hit. Same basic idea, slasher baby, except that now there are three of them. (Remember the final line in the original movie?) Trite, predictable, and as silly as anything that ever came out of the Herschell Gordon Lewis factory; only worth seeing for completist purposes. *

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It's Alive III: Island of the Alive (Larry Cohen, 1987)

While the second It's Alive movie is basically worthless exploitation of the cult status of the first one, Island of the Alive is actually kinda-sorta worth watching. Much of this has to do with Michael Moriarty, who was, at the time, one of those great B-list actors who no one paid anywhere near enough attention to, despite having been so good in Pale Rider a couple of years previous. (Cohen and Moriarty were actually making two different films for the studio simultaneously--Island of the Alive and A Return to 'Salem's Lot, both of which are cheese-fests of the highest order.) Moriarty, not surprisingly, plays the father here, and his character follows the exact same formula as the fathers form the first two films. He gets Karen Black as a wife, though, so it's not all wet nappies and blood.

In this installment, the government has sent all the murderous cannibal babies to a deserted island, which is now considered a fabulous vacation spot for highly illegal hunting expeditions.
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