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It's Alive (1974)

 -  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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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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Save your screams until you see its face. See more »

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SEK 1,189,267 (Sweden)
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Bernard Herrmann titled the music cue where the milkman meets his demise "The Milkman Goeth." See more »

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When Franks brings the bottles of milk in from the porch, he is never seen closing the door. When he opens the other refrigerator, the door to the porch is closed. See more »

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Lieutenant Perkins: Hunting and killing babies doesn't seem to be my specialty.
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Good Cohen Camp
20 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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