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Larry Cohen (written by)
Larry Cohen (based on characters created by)
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Release Date:
May 1987 (USA) See more »
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They do something worse than kill. They multiply.
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The mutant babies have been placed by court order on a deserted island. Appalled by the cycnicism and... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Michael Moriarty ... Jarvis

Karen Black ... Ellen

Laurene Landon ... Sally
James Dixon ... Lt. Perkins

Gerrit Graham ... Ralston
Macdonald Carey ... Judge Watson
Neal Israel ... Dr. Brewster (as Neal Isreal)
Art Lund ... Dr. Swenson
Ann Dane ... Dr. Morrell
William Watson ... Cabot
C.L. Sussex ... Hunter

Patch Mackenzie ... Robbins
Rick Garia ... Tony
Carlos Palomino ... First Cuban

Tony Abatemarco ... Second Cuban

Gladys Portugues ... Waitress (as Gladys Portugese)

Joanne Lara ... Second Waitress (as Joann Lara)
Bobby Ramsen ... T.V. Host

Jill Gatsby ... Girl in Cab
Kevin O'Connor ... Cab Driver (as Kevin O'Conner)
John Woehrle ... First Cop
Lauri Riley ... Medic
Marilyn Staley ... Miss Garson

Mitchell Edmonds ... Stewart
Elizabeth Sanders ... Autograph Seeker
Richard Duggan ... Cop
Steven Alan Green ... Comic

Kathleen Conway ... Girl on Beach (as Kathleen Kichta)
Lynda Clark ... Second Woman
Dan Rycerz ... Court Officer
Edward Shils ... Medical Examiner
Charles Vandergrift III ... Driver

Jackie Swanson ... Tenant
Katja Crosby ... Girl in Court
Paul Stader Jr. ... Ship's Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Reingold ... Cop in Church (uncredited)
Dawn Wildsmith ... Dancer in Club (uncredited)
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Directed by
Larry Cohen 
 
Writing credits
Larry Cohen (written by)

Larry Cohen (based on characters created by)

Produced by
Larry Cohen .... executive producer
Paul Kurta .... supervising producer
Barry Shils .... associate producer
Paul Stader .... producer
Barbara Zitwer .... associate producer (as Barbara Zitwar)
 
Original Music by
Laurie Johnson 
 
Cinematography by
Daniel Pearl (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
David Kern 
 
Casting by
Michael A. Candela 
 
Art Direction by
George Stoll 
 
Makeup Department
Rick Baker .... original creature designer: "It's Alive"
Dan Frye .... special makeup effects artist
Annie Maniscalco .... hair stylist
Annie Maniscalco .... makeup artist
Steve Neill .... special effects makeup design
Lisa Schulze .... hair: Ms. Black
Lisa Schulze .... makeup: Ms. Black
Mark Williams .... on-set makeup effects
 
Production Management
Paul Kurta .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jenny Fitzgibbons .... second assistant director
Ira Halberstadt .... first assistant director
Harvey Waldman .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
John Blue .... art department assistant
Etty Boussidan .... scenic artist
Matt Falls .... prop assistant
Deborah Schildt .... property master
Elliott Siegel .... art department assistant
 
Sound Department
Vanessa Theme Ament .... foley walker (as Vanessa Ament)
Valerie Davidson .... sound editor
Dane A. Davis .... special sound effects
Chris Drury .... boom operator
Wayne Heitman .... sound re-recording mixer
Matthew Iadarola .... sound re-recording mixer
David Kern .... sound editor
Bruce Markoe .... manager: JDH Sound
Kim H. Ornitz .... sound mixer (as Kim Ornitz)
Greg Steele .... recordist
 
Special Effects by
Brent Armstrong .... sculptor
 
Visual Effects by
Bill Hedge .... model effects (as William Hedge)
David L. Hewitt .... titles and opticals (as David Hewitt)
Terry McGreal .... effects assistant
 
Stunts
Shelly Angel .... stunt player (as Shelly K. Angel)
Carl T. Cannady .... stunt player
Mark Dirkse .... stunt player
Jani Fullerton .... stunt player (as Jani S. Fulleton)
Robert Jordan .... stunt player (as Robert C. Jordan)
Kimberly King .... stunt player
Vincent Mazella Jr. .... stunt player (as Vincent T. Mazzella Jr.)
Dawn Mazzella .... stunt player
Joe Murphy .... stunt player (as Joseph P. Murphy)
Paul Stader Jr. .... stunt player
Kelly Walker .... stunt player
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Arras .... electrician
Angelo Cicero .... generator operator: Hawaii
Rory Flynn .... still photographer
Thomas Gibson .... grip (as Tom Gibson)
Todd Griffith .... grip
Scott Grinham .... electrician
Abe Hall .... grip/electric swing: Hawaii
Fred Hammond .... grip/electric swing: Hawaii
Rick Herres .... electrician
Kimo Kaneakua .... grip/electric swing: Hawaii
Steve Lang .... best boy grip
Jean-Marie Lavalou .... crane technician: Louma (as Jean Marie Lavalou)
Lance S.K. Lee .... grip/electric swing: Hawaii
Timothy 'Guido' Magaraci .... electrician (as Tim Magaraci)
Ron McCausland .... key grip
Peter Mercurio .... second assistant camera
Luc G. Nicknair .... third assistant camera (as Luc Nicknair)
Bruce M. Pasternack .... first assistant camera (as Bruce Pasternack)
Bill Pierson .... best boy
Max Pomerleau .... gaffer
Takashi Sakabe .... grip/electric swing: Hawaii
Mark Sannes .... grip
Ervin Wayne Spowehn .... generator operator (as Wayne Spowehn)
Robert J. Studenny .... electrician (as Robert Studenny)
James Sweet .... grip (as Jim Sweet)
Larry Sweet .... best boy grip
Larry Justice .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adine Duron .... wardrobe assistant
Suzanne Fojas .... wardrobe: Hawaii
Sharon McGunigle .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Valerie Davidson .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Deveril Goodman .... music editor
Bernard Herrmann .... composer: original "It's Alive" theme
Laurie Johnson .... conductor
Sarah Johnson .... assistant to the composer
Kenneth Karman .... music editor
Dick Lewzey .... music recordist (as Dick Lewzy)
Christopher Palmer .... orchestration
Jack Parnell .... associate conductor
 
Transportation Department
Jim Favazzo .... driver: Louma
Rick Favazzo .... driver: Louma (as Richard Favazzo)
Lawrence J. Romanoff .... driver: Louma (as Larry Romanoff)
Harry Ueshiro .... transportation captain: Hawaii
 
Other crew
Sandra Barrich .... assistant coordinator: Hawaii
Bart Chretien .... production assistant: Hawaii
Ron Clark .... production assistant: Hawaii
Carolyn Cohen .... location auditor: Hawaii
Melissa Cohen .... production assistant
Barbara Davidson .... credit coordinator
Richard A. Frisch .... production assistant (as Richard Frisch)
Ralph C. Hemecker .... key production assistant (as Ralph C. Hemecker Sr.)
Frederick Hess .... production assistant (as Fred Hess)
Pamela Hoffman .... production coordinator: Hawaii
Larry Justice .... production assistant
David Larkin .... production assistant
Jody Miller .... craft service
Joseph Moers .... production assistant: Hawaii
Lynda Pearl .... technical coordinator
Mordechai Raphael .... production assistant
Cecilia Kate Roque .... production office coordinator (as Cecilia Roque)
Rand Ryan .... production assistant
Peter Sabiston .... production executive
Tom Summers .... location coordinator: Hawaii
Lorraine Waldbaum .... production assistant
Ken Weizer .... production assistant
Sharon 'Mae' West .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Island of the Alive" - USA (alternative title)
"It's Alive 3: Island of the Alive" - USA (DVD box title)
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Runtime:
95 min | Germany:91 min (cut version)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:R | Iceland:16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | UK:18 | UK:15 (video re-rating) | USA:R (#28256) | West Germany:18 (cut)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
This film and A Return to Salem's Lot (1987) were intended to go straight to video, but were given a limited theatrical release first.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When the creatures hijack the boat and Stephen Jarvis is giving his voice over there is a long shot from above. The shadow of the camera helicopter can be seen passing over the boat and water.See more »
Quotes:
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Andy's Gang" (1955)See more »
Soundtrack:
If I Told YouSee more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Not a Popular One, But My Favorite of the Three, 1 May 2007
Author: gavin6942 from United States

Stephen Jarvis is the father of the monster (where "the monster" is another bloodthirsty infant). He gets involved with a court case that ends up getting the infants sent to an isolated island. But once the judge who ordered the infants away dies, different parties want them back in the spotlight.

Many people, including my horror reviewing colleague Don Normann, really dislike this film. It is considered the weakest of the three, the least popular and I would suspect that most consider it the cheesiest. I really liked it -- this one, more than the other two, seemed to really hit on a variety of social commentaries. Writer and director Larry Cohen's strength is his social commentary. Actually, that's almost his only strength -- he has no budget, is poorly organized in his shooting schedules and writes much of his scripts on the fly (which is quite obvious).

Two of horror's icons appear here: Michael Moriarty (as Stephen Jarvis) and Karen Black (as Ellen Jarvis). Black is probably now best known to modern audiences from Rob Zombie's "House of 1000 Corpses". Moriarty, on the other hand, is a Cohen staple -- appearing in "Q" and "Pick Me Up", for example. And this happens to be one of Moriarty's better roles (he has a very unique way of delivering dialog which works here but is dreadfully awful in "Pick Me Up"). I found him to be a good lead, especially in the improvised segments (such as the singing scene).

There is a good commentary on disease (does an infected child mean an infected parent) and a really good jab at Cuban-American relations. I think Cuba's military obsession is played up a bit, but the part about them being human was a good one (and still relevant twenty years later). And the pharmaceutical company trying to destroy the infants so their drugs couldn't be blamed... very nice (and reminiscent of the Thalidomide scandal).

Lastly, once you've watched it, watch it again with audio commentary (if you get the chance). Cohen's explanations really add a new dimension to this picture, pointing out where Bob Kane's wife comes in (Kane invented Batman), how many of the parts are just Cohen's friends and how a rubber chicken ended up on a deserted island. His justification for a variety of aspects of this film really help you understand what he was trying to achieve and make you realize just how close he came to achieving it.

If you've seen the first two, you need to see this third one. Not only does it wrap up the story in a nice, neat little package, but I think it's grossly under-appreciated. Judge it for what it is -- a low-budget B-movie. With that in mind, I think you'll be hard-pressed to find another film of its kind.

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