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It's Alive (1974)

PG  |   |  Horror  |  October 1974 (USA)
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The Davies expect a baby, which turns out to be a monster with a nasty habit of killing when it's scared. And it's easily scared.

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Frank Davies (as John Ryan)
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James Dixon ...
William Wellman Jr. ...
Shamus Locke ...
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Guy Stockwell ...
Daniel Holzman ...
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The Captain
Robert Emhardt ...
The Executive
Nancy Burnett ...
Nurse (as Mary Nancy Burnett)
Patrick McAllister ...
Expectant Father (as Patrick Macallister)
Diana Hale ...
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Gerald York ...
Expectant Father
Jerry Taft ...
Expectant Father
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Storyline

Heavily pregnant Lenore Davis tells her husband, Frank, that she is in labor. They leave their eleven year-old son Chris with their friend Charley and they head to the Community Hospital. Lenore feels that something is wrong and delivers a monster that kills the team in the delivery room and escapes through a skylight. Lieutenant Perkins comes to the hospital to investigate the murder and the press divulges the identity of the parents. Frank discovers a dark secret about Lenore and the baby. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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There's only ONE thing wrong with the Davis baby: it's alive. See more »

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Baby Killer  »

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SEK 1,189,267 (Sweden)
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"It's Alive" was filmed and edited simultaneously with another Larry Cohen feature, Hell Up in Harlem (1973), which was shot on the weekends during the production of "It's Alive." This means that many of the cast and crew put in consecutive 7 day work weeks to create the films. See more »

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At the end, when Frank is holding the baby in his arms, the cover accidentally reveals a patch of hair, revealing it to be a dog. See more »

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Lieutenant Perkins: Hunting and killing babies doesn't seem to be my specialty.
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Labor Pains
24 October 2002 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

IT'S ALIVE (1974) ** John Ryan, Sharon Farrell, James Dixon, William Wellman, Jr., Daniel Holzman, Guy Stockwell, Michael Ansara. Cult horror classic conceived by filmmaker Larry Cohen with his signature low-budget aplomb probes many fears (pregnancy, parenthood, chemically enhanced polutions et al) when a loving family's latest offspring turns out to be a murderous monstrosity. Subjective camera angles and quick interspersed cuts of the 'infant' (created by a young Rick Baker, Future Oscar-winning MonsterMaker!) give a few good chills in this fairly middling, tongue-in-cheek genre flick.


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