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It's Alive III: Island of the Alive -- This is the third in the wildly successful horror/suspense "It's Alive!" series. Whether human or vicious animals, the lethal baby monsters are back!


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May 1987 (USA) See more »
They do something worse than kill. They multiply.
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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Michael Moriarty ... Stephen Jarvis

Karen Black ... Ellen Jarvis

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)

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
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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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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95 min | Germany:91 min (cut version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Iceland:16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | UK:18 | UK:15 (video re-rating) | USA:R (#28256) | West Germany:18
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Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: Cabot's helicopter has a different paint job than the unconvincing model of the helicopter which explodes after it takes off from the island.See more »
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 »
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References "Entertainment Tonight" (1981)See more »
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Unusually comical, 20 January 2005
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

A father fights for the right for his mutant child to live, the court grants that and his child plus another 4 are sent to an island to live.

It was Warners Brothers idea for a third It's Alive film, which would be shot back to back with Return to Salem's Lot. It was meant to be release straight to video with RTSL, but it got a limited theatrical release.

This film had a little bit more money than that of the 2 previous films, but this time around the film is an over the top black comedy compared to the bleak and serious tone of the first two films, which had subtle humour.

This film was far less effective in the horror and atmospheric department, but not the laughs and it's been more action packed than the previous films. Though it is a stupid and lightweight film, it was still quite fresh (with a different take on the Alive films) and enjoyable to watch… that's if you're in the right frame of mood.

Cohan has a knack of casting the right people, with reasonable performances or you can call them hammy from Karen Black playing the mother to one of the babies and James Dixon (only one in all 3) as Detective Perkins and the standout performance and scene stealer would have to be Michael Moriarty as the father. He brings a strong central character that has a weird sense of humour and goes suddenly bananas with his lunatic behaviour when the film goes along.

Not only is the casting good, but also the script is full of wit and satirical comments (like the other 2 films) on American and Cuban relations, people's emotions, Aids and the media. The pace of the film is perfect and Daniel Pearl (The Texas chainsaw massacre) brings another element with his cinematography and lighting. The score is alright and the same for the atmosphere. The effects are pretty lame, with stop motion, puppets and people in rubber costumes. Too much of the creatures are shown, making it laughable (especially the grown-up versions of the babies), but that's what makes this fun viewing.

The film seems to lose itself and becomes incredibly stupid when the grown up mutant's decide to leave the island and head back to the mainland. Some of those scenes and its humour is totally cringe-worthy, but for what its worth… It's nothing but over the top cheese, it's not great but otherwise quite amusing.


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