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Something just isn't right about the Davies' baby. It has a huge head, fangs, and starts killing people.
Larry Cohen is good at low budget drive-in horror movies. It's Alive is no exception. Some of the elements that work good here is that you never get a great view of the Davies' baby. You get a close up of the fangs or a quick body shot, but Cohen does a good job of not showing you the baby. If they show the puppet too much, you will get less terrified because the puppet isn't that scary. It is effective because the puppet's screen time is limited.
The acting is good for a B movie. The baby's parents do a pretty good job in their roles. The settings are good. I especially like the storm drain setting at the end. The storyline isn't strong, but it was effective. I thought the father's transformation from hating to loving the baby was a little too quick and not believable. Also, I thought the pacing was uneven. Overall, this is a must see for Cohen fans.
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