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It's Alive (2009)

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A baby born to a human couple turns out to be a mutant monster with an appetite to kill when scared.


Josef Rusnak


Larry Cohen (screenplay), Paul Sopocy (screenplay) | 2 more credits »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bijou Phillips ... Lenore Harker
James Murray ... Frank Davis
Raphaël Coleman ... Chris Davis
Owen Teale ... Sgt. Perkins
Ty Glaser ... Marnie
Oliver Coopersmith ... Mike
Ioan Karamfilov Ioan Karamfilov ... Adam
Jack Ellis ... Prof. Baldwin
Skye Bennett ... Nicole
Arkie Reece ... Perry
Todd Jensen ... Dr. Orbinson
Marianne Stanicheva ... Nurse #1 (as Mariana Stanisheva)
Alexis Bergemann Alexis Bergemann ... Nurse #2
Michal Yannai ... Wrinkled Nurse
Gergana Bouzukova Gergana Bouzukova ... Thin Nurse (as Gergana Bozukova)


Pregnant college student Lenore Harker leaves college before the end of the semester to move to an isolated house with her boyfriend Frank. When Lenore is ready to deliver the baby, they drive to the hospital. In the surgery room, the two doctors and the two nurses are found slaughtered and Lenore and the baby are found covered of blood. When Lenore is released, the family returns to Frank's house. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Please be quiet. Do not wake him up. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence including bloody images, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]





Release Date:

2 April 2009 (United Arab Emirates) See more »

Also Known As:

¡Está Vivo! See more »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Larry Cohen, writer and director of the original It's Alive (1974), has said of the 2008 remake "I would advise anybody who likes my film to cross the street and avoid seeing the new enchilada." See more »


When in the operating room, the vital signs monitor displays "DEMO". See more »


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User Reviews

Should have been aborted…
28 February 2012 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

This rather dumb, I even daresay downright imbecilic, flick is a prototypic example of why people righteously hate horror movie remakes. And yet, I started watching it with a very open mindset and actually hoped for a pleasant surprise. Why? Because, for once, it's not just another redundant remake of a bona fide genre classic that totally doesn't need an update version. Like "Nightmare on Elm Street" or "Friday the 13th", for example. Why should they be remade? The original "It's Alive", on the other hand, was an extremely low-budgeted and often clumsily put together obscure cult gem from the early 1970's! That's an ideal film to bring to the attention of wider horror audiences through a remake. Unfortunately, it turned out a total failure of a film, with an insubstantial script, a total lack of tension and atmosphere and embarrassing gore/splatter effects. Bijou Philips gives birth to a baby 'only a mother could love'. The offspring immediately slaughters all the hospital staff in the delivery room and, since it's so exceptionally large and overdeveloped, it also regularly needs extra snacks like psychiatrists, bimbo blond friends and stoner boyfriends. Mommy carefully cleans up the mess junior makes (and doesn't even seem to worry that much) and daddy doesn't seem to have clue of what's going on. The monster baby is mainly kept off-screen, maybe for the best, and all the CGI butchering effects are pathetic. "It's Alive" couldn't even scare an infant. The cute Bijou Philips tries hard to make her character plausible, but the script is simply too idiotic. Larry Cohen, writer/director of the original as well as numerous other cult classics, co-wrote the script of this inferior remake, strangely enough. Perhaps he deliberately sabotaged the whole thing, hoping people would take the effort to check out the original again instead. Good job, Larry, it worked!

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