It's Alive (1974)
Heavily pregnant Lenore Davis tells her husband, Frank, that she is in labor. They leave their eleven year-old son Chris with their friend Charley 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 comes to the hospital to investigate the murder and the press divulges the identity of the parents. Frank discovers a dark secret about Lenore and the baby.
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Waste of time
It's no definitive masterpiece but it's damn close.
An old-fashioned movie made with new-fashioned finesse.
Having a baby should be a symbol of joy to the family. But in this case, it's everything but joy. "It's Alive!" sounds like a Frankenstein movie rather than a baby movie. Here you have a couple who are about to have addition to their family. They have another boy, but it's born with features that would scare anyone. It's fanged and has claws. The baby boy is a born killer to say the least. It killed the doctors and nurses. And it makes it way to the home of his parents . The wife has taken fertility drugs to have the second child. The couple have decided to take action against the company responsible for the situation. The company told the couple that the baby should be killed. When the firstborn son starts to get homesick, he would see his baby brother for the first time. The mom is protective, but it still kills. The baby makes its final kill against the one responsible. Even though the terror there was over, reports of another mutant baby surfaced in another state. The baby needed love, however these babies seem to know how to survive without parental guidance. Having a baby shouldn't be scary. With now ultrasound, the nightmare can be averted. This movie is well played, and it's perfect for a stormy night. Rating 3 out of 5 stars
There are some interesting and even somewhat ambitious (for its genre) ideas buried in the screenplay for "It's Alive," a mutant killer baby movie from 1974, but everything about the film is so poorly executed that the ideas don't get a chance to go anywhere.Those ideas include the anxiety and loss of control that come with having a newborn baby; the disappointment parents can feel when their children don't live up to their own preconceived expectations; the rift that children can create between husbands and wives; and the general responsibility husbands and fathers feel to "fix" whatever is wrong with their families. The film reminded me a tiny bit of David Lynch's "Eraserhead": in both, a literal monster exists as a stand in for all of the psychological angst that comes with bringing a child into the world. But "It's Alive" is very poorly directed, so it's not at all scary, and, though it elicits a chuckle once in a while for how stupid it is, it's not really bad enough to land into "so bad it's good" territory either. Mostly, the audience spends its time trying to get a glimpse of this killer baby, which it never really sees in any detail (probably a wise decision on the part of the filmmakers).Grade: C-
While sleeping peacefully in his Southern California home, public relations businessman John Ryan (as Frank Davis) is awakened by pregnant wife Sharon Farrell (as Lenore). She has gone into labor. After depositing young son Daniel Holzman (as Chris) with family friend William Wellman Jr. (son of renowned director William Wellman, as Charley), Mr. Ryan drives his wife to the hospital. Delivery of the couple's second child is difficult, to say the least. The horrific hospital incident produces a monster who terrifies Ryan's family and community..."It's Alive" is a minor miracle for Larry Cohen, who wrote, produced and directed this low-budget, sleeper classic...After a skillful career in television, Mr. Cohen began dabbling in feature films, with mixed (but interesting) results. Here, as the auteur of his film, Cohen reveals great style and structure; the latter being a big improvement over his previous "Bone" (1972). Like the legendary Alfred Hitchcock, Cohen knows what, when and how much to show. Rick Baker's makeup and special effects look amazing. Cohen gets Hitchcock's notable soundtrack composer Bernard Herrmann to score and gets great help from Ryan, who plays the baby's father to perfection.******** It's Alive (1974-07) Larry Cohen ~ John P. Ryan, Sharon Farrell, James Dixon, Daniel Holzman
An Important Entry in the Seventies Low-Budget Horror Category, This Tale of a "Monster" Baby has Gained Cult Status Justifiably. It has Enough Wit to Set "It" Apart from the Usual Mindless Movies of "Its" Clan.Writer/Director/Producer Larry Cohen, Still Working in the Modern Era Got His Start With This Surprising Hit and Never Looked Back. The Script is the Film's Strongest Suit Although the Visual Style, Musical Score (Bernard Herrmann), and Overall Production are Above Average.Taking Cues from Val Lewton, the Frankenstein Story, and the Then Current Trend of Environmental Concern, Pharmaceutical Corruption, and Other Topical Subjects of its Time, the Film is Loaded with Cerebral Conceits and Overall "It's" a Winner.Some Horror Fans of Today will Undoubtedly Complain About the Lack of Visual Slaughter, but that's a Time Stamped, Ill Conceived, Flaw in Thinking and Only Reflects a Myopic Misunderstanding of the Times and Changing Styles and Limitations.The Acting from Both Leads is Way Above Average for This Type of Thing and the Performances from John Ryan and Sharon Farrell are Heartfelt and Commendable.Overall, Worth a Watch Certainly for Thinking Horror Movie Fans and Must Viewing for Larry Cohen Cultists.