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


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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October 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


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 »


Lieutenant Perkins: Hunting and killing babies doesn't seem to be my specialty.
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References The Chain Gang (1930) See more »

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Not too bad
22 October 2003 | by (Ft. Worth, TX, USA) – See all my reviews

"It's Alive" is one of those cult horror films that I had heard a lot of great things about but didn't get around to seeing until just recently. I have to say that I was bored with it throughout most of the film, but started to catch on to its vibe as it got closer toward the end. I truly support what this movie has to say about the somewhat totalitarian world of medicine, and ended up liking "It's Alive" a lot more when I realized that it wasn't just some dumb movie with no real point or scares at all. I still have to admit that the movie didn't scare me at all, but it generated some good, healthy suspense, and the point is such a good one (and is so well done) that I do have to hand this movie some major support. It was more sad than anything else, but it wasn't too bad at all.

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