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It's Alive (1974)

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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.


Larry Cohen


Larry Cohen
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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


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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Whatever it is, it's alive and deadly. See more »




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Did You Know?


Larry Cohen decided to rarely show the infant, and asked Rick Baker to create a "dummy baby" for the actors to react to. Baker constructed the baby with an aluminum wire armature, allowing for articulated limbs and adjustable eyeballs. See more »


(at around 1h 07 mins) When the character Frank is approaching the baby bed, you can see a crew member reflected in the mirror to Frank's right (the viewer's left). See more »


The Professor: Actually already in excess of $100,000 has being allegated by the University for examination of this phenomenon. We have some of the leading men in the field and it is hoped that this might lead to a breakthroughand to a better understanding of why mutations occur.
Frank Davies: You want to experiment on it, is that it?
The Professor: In fact my department has already caution the police on excessive violence if it could be dispatched with a bullet or better still some kind of a gas. Undoubtedly it is very small and any kind ...
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Followed by It Lives Again (1978) See more »

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A Monster is Born
12 September 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The pregnant Lenore Davis (Sharon Farrell) tells her husband Frank Davis (John Ryan) that she is in labor to have the baby. They leave their eleven year-old son Chris (Daniel Holzman) with their friend Charley (William Wellman Jr.) 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 (James Dixon) comes to the hospital to investigate the murder and the press divulges the identity of the parents of the monster. Frank loses her job of executive in public relationship and accepts the offer of a university that wants to research the corpse of the baby to discover the reason for the mutation. Meanwhile the baby continues to kill people in town. Out of the blue, Frank discovers a dark secret about Lenore and the baby.

A couple of days ago I saw the awful remake of "It's Alive" and I decided to watch again the 1974 B-movie of Larry Cohen to reevaluate it in the present days. The original film is better and better than the lame remake of 2010. The analogy of Frank with Dr. Frankenstein is one of the good dialogs of this film. The madness process of Lenore Davis is more plausible than the ridiculous behavior of Lenore Harker of the new version. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Nasce um Monstro" ("A Monster is Born")

Note: On 25 March 2016, I saw this film again.

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Release Date:

28 September 1974 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Baby Killer See more »


Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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