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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:

It was born three days ago. It has killed seven people. Its parents are human beings. Whatever it is, it's alive! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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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

"It's Alive" was filmed and edited simultaneously with another Larry Cohen feature, Hell Up in Harlem (1973), which was shot on the weekends during the production of "It's Alive." This means that many of the cast and crew put in consecutive 7 day work weeks to create the films. 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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Great camp B-movie fun
2 April 2005 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Larry Cohen has made a name for himself for producing offbeat horror movies, and this story of a killer deformed baby certainly belongs in his filmography. It's Alive is a huge highlight of the horror genre, and one that doesn't get the praise that it deserves. The film is notable amongst other films of similar plotting because of the way that it fully explores it's premise. Rather than focusing on the monster and the murders, Cohen sees fit to show the audience the effect that the birth of a murderous monster has on the family at the centre of the story, the government, the family friends and various other entities; all of which helps to aid the film in it's bid to be a complete horror thriller. Of course, the film is too silly to be truly touching, but the idea of trying to get the audience to empathise with the characters in this sort of movie is nice, and it adds to kitsch campness of the movie, which does it no end of favours in this kitsch fan's opinion.

The acting adheres to the typical, and much loved, B-movie styling and that is another plus point to add to this movie's resume. John P. Ryan in particular is superb as the upset father, and we see him go through a range of emotions in response to the birth of his 'son', which is a treat indeed. The script isn't the greatest work of art ever to be brought to the screen, but it's always inventive enough to ensure that the action stays interesting and It's Alive hardly suffers from becoming trite and boring. The creature effects aren't the best ever seen, but Larry Cohen hides this fact by never completely showing the creature. This hampers the movie in a way, as it will no doubt get on many viewers' nerves as seeing the monster is normally a highlight of this type of movie; but on the other hand, seeing the monster usually results in disappointment - so at least Cohen's film stays away from that! On the whole, while this film will do nothing for fans of serious art movies; horror fans, particularly very B-horror fans, will be in heaven. Highly recommended!


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