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It's Alive (1974)

PG | | Horror | October 1974 (USA)
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.

Director:

Larry Cohen

Writer:

Larry Cohen

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John P. Ryan ... Frank Davies (as John Ryan)
Sharon Farrell ... Lenore Davies
Andrew Duggan ... The Professor
Guy Stockwell ... Bob Clayton
James Dixon ... Lt. Perkins
Michael Ansara ... The Captain
Robert Emhardt ... The Executive
William Wellman Jr. ... Charley
Shamus Locke ... The Doctor
Nancy Burnett Nancy Burnett ... Nurse (as Mary Nancy Burnett)
Patrick McAllister Patrick McAllister ... Expectant Father (as Patrick Macallister)
Daniel Holzman Daniel Holzman ... Chris
Diana Hale Diana Hale ... Secretary
Gerald York Gerald York ... Expectant Father
Jerry Taft Jerry Taft ... Expectant Father
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Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

There's only ONE thing wrong with the Davis baby... IT'S ALIVE See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baby Killer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,000,000, 31 December 1974
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bernard Herrmann titled the music cue where the milkman meets his demise "The Milkman Goeth." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Lieutenant Perkins: Hunting and killing babies doesn't seem to be my specialty.
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Dated, but the leads set it apart
21 June 2008 | by palcorn-1See all my reviews

As a horror film, It's Alive is surprisingly solid. The only aspects that can be safely classified as weak are the baby/monster (who cares) and the some very choppy action. What makes this movie are the actors and the themes. That's a rare claim for a horror film.

The lead actors are frankly fantastic, and the themes are go way beyond typical for the genre. Sharon Farrell is the quintessential medicated housewife, rolling together stress, trust, hope, fear, and desperate needs to please both her husband and her baby. John Ryan is equally convincing as the suspicious, angry, but conflicted and loving husband. You really never see this many layers in characterization a horror movie.

To top it off, the themes are fascinating. A married couple who hasn't had a baby in 11 years is delighted to finally have a second child. Put aside the fact that the baby is a monster. Assume he's merely deformed or retarded. Mom is guilty and desperate for affirmation. Dad is suspicious of his wife, paranoid of what everyone thinks, and angry at everyone.

This movie is being remade. It's a long shot that the acting will be as good and the themes will be anywhere near as interesting.


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