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

 -  Horror  -  May 1987 (USA)
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Ralston
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Robbins
Rick Garia ...
Tony
Carlos Palomino ...
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The mutant babies have been placed by court order on a deserted island. Appalled by the cycnicism and exploitation of the children by the legal system and the media, the man responsible for them leads an expedition to the island to free them. Written by Anonymous

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They do something worse than kill. They multiply.

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Larry Cohen indicated this film was the first in a back-to-back two-picture deal with A Return to Salem's Lot (1987) and using the same crew. Michael Moriarty appears in both films. See more »

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When the woman is being assaulted under the pier a creature kills the gangsters attacking her. The first criminal to get killed gets his neck broken before being tossed aside. While he's getting his neck broken you can see his mustache and stubbly beard. When he gets tossed onto the beach his stunt double has a different hair style and no facial hair at all. They reuse the same shot of this stunt fall about 20 seconds later to represent a different punk getting beaten up. See more »

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Stephen Jarvis: You know, you're very beautiful. Maybe it's the environment, but you turn me on. And I could turn you on, too. You've seen my kid, haven't you? That's just a glimpse of the animal in me.
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References Andy's Gang (1955) See more »

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If I Told You
Written by David Shapiro and Lauri Riley
Performed by David Shapiro
© 1986 Seven Stones Songs
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Cohen to the extreme, but the grown babies disappoint

It's full of outrageous speeches and monologues ripe with social commentary and dark humor. The violent scenarios are so outrageous as to be funny, intentionally or otherwise. I can't always tell wether I laughing at or with Cohen's material. From Maniac Cop to The Stuff Cohen's movies question America's laws, beliefs, and habits in not so subtle ways. I do think that horror and sci-fi films have an important use as a way of getting audiences to question the way society conducts itself. At the same time I don't know if Cohen is making fun of his own film with some of the more sentimental dialogue (Cubans, then enemies of the U.S. wishing Jarvis the best) and the over the top scenes (a dying baby monster trying to Baptise itself).

How about the babies? Well they have been banished too a Jurassic Park type island where they crawl about in well done stop-animation and dispatch a bunch of hunters in gorey fashion. Unfortunately, the latter half of the film takes place after the babies have matured and the impressive little demons are replaced by silly rubber suits. For some reason they strip their victims of clothes and then wear the tattered rags. Ultimately the conclusion is less spectacular than expected and we don't get to see many close-ups of the bigger monsters for obvious reasons.


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