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It's Alive III: Island of the Alive (1987)

The mutant babies have been placed by court order on a deserted island. Appalled by the cycnicism and exploitation of the children by the legal system and the media, the man responsible for... See full summary »

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Larry Cohen

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Larry Cohen, Larry Cohen (based on characters created by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Moriarty ... Stephen Jarvis
Karen Black ... Ellen Jarvis
Laurene Landon ... Sally
James Dixon ... Lt. Perkins
Gerrit Graham ... Ralston
Macdonald Carey ... Judge Watson
Neal Israel Neal Israel ... Dr. Brewster (as Neal Isreal)
Art Lund ... Dr. Swenson
Ann Dane Ann Dane ... Dr. Morrell
William Watson ... Cabot
C.L. Sussex C.L. Sussex ... Hunter
Patch Mackenzie ... Robbins
Rick Garia Rick Garia ... Tony
Carlos Palomino Carlos Palomino ... First Cuban
Tony Abatemarco ... Second Cuban
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The mutant babies have been placed by court order on a deserted island. Appalled by the cycnicism and exploitation of the children by the legal system and the media, the man responsible for them leads an expedition to the island to free them. Written by Anonymous

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They do something worse than kill. They multiply. See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Island of the Alive See more »

Filming Locations:

Hawaii, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Larco Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Larry Cohen later said the film began when he went to Warner Bros with Andre De Toth and pitched them the idea of remaking House of Wax (1953). Warner was not interested. However the studio wanted Cohen to make a film for their video division. Cohen was only willing to do this if Warner would pay for two films, to be shot back-to-back. Warner agreed. The two films were sequels to It's Alive and Salem's Lot; both had built-in name recognition ideal for the straight-to-video market. It was Cohen's third It's Alive film. "I thought if I was going to make a third movie, I had to follow this story through to some kind of new and satisfying resolution. So, I asked myself some questions: what are these babies like as adults? What is the monster going to look like when it physically develops and ages? I thought those were important questions to answer and deal with. Otherwise, there was no point in making the movie if I was just going to have a load of monster babies running around again, killing people. The second film was, to a degree, different from the first because the protagonists were trying to save the monsters. In the third film, we got all of the monster birth stuff out of the way in the prologue and gave the audience their horror. The rest of the movie was more of an exploration of Jarvis' character and the progress of the monster children. I thought that differentiation from the events of the previous pictures made Island of the Alive a worthwhile project". See more »

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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 »

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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.
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Follows It Lives Again (1978) See more »

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If I Told You
Written by David Shapiro and Lauri Riley
Performed by David Shapiro
© 1986 Seven Stones Songs
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Unusually comical
20 January 2005 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

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.

3/5


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