It's Alive


Action / Horror / Sci-Fi

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 67% · 24 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 41% · 5K ratings
IMDb Rating 5.8/10 10 8833 8.8K

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Plot summary

Lenore Davis and her husband Frank are about to have their second child. As she gives birth, the newborn baby vanishes and leaves behind five dead bodies. It's up to the police and Frank to figure out where their mutated child has gone.

Uploaded by: FREEMAN
May 31, 2018 at 05:13 PM


Top cast

Michael Ansara as The Captain
Sharon Farrell as Lenore Davies
Andrew Duggan as The Professor
Guy Stockwell as Bob Clayton
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763.66 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 31 min
Seeds 6
1.44 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 31 min
Seeds 16

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by bkoganbing 5 / 10

A nine pound bouncing baby mutant

All is happy in the Davis household as parents John P. Ryan and Sharon Farrell are expecting the arrival of a new baby. But after a difficult labor Farrell gives birth to something out of Alien. It kills the delivery team in the hospital leaving mother alive, but shattered beyond belief and not knowing really what's going on.

A beautiful Bernard Hermann score is really wasted on a cheap horror exploitation flick that spawned to sequels itself. Although Farrell as the mother should by all accounts be the protective one even though this thing which we never quite see, it is Davis as the father who tries to save it in the end. Even though Davis is only the father in the sense that Joseph is the listed father on the birth certificate in the Nazareth Hall of Records. In fact we're never really sure what caused Farrell to bring this into the world.

Fans of gory horror films will love It's Alive, not sure how others will take it.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 7 / 10

Very much a product of its era: a grim and creepy '70s horror film

Larry Cohen's grisly and original take on the monster movie is very much a product of its time. This is a cold, unflinching '70s film, where every camera shot seems to take place on the corner of a regular street, inhabited by regular, hard-working guys, and the cold night air seems to give a chilly, clinical atmosphere to what's taking place on screen. IT'S ALIVE reminds me very much of early Cronenberg: think SHIVERS and RABID. This is a disturbing film that has the atmosphere of a never-ending nightmare: despite some dodgy effects and occasional campiness, for the most part the horror works.

The story of a mutant baby crawling around and biting people to death sounds pretty ludicrous on the face of it. There are only so many stalk-and-slash scenarios that the director can work with, although his blurred-eye-vision tracking shots seem to have influenced Carpenter when he made HALLOWEEN. No, Cohen wisely chooses to focus on emotion and characterisation over action, and the central character is the distraught father who runs a gamut of feelings when he discovers that his baby is responsible for a hospital massacre. John P. Ryan, giving one of the all-time-great B-movie performances, excels as the clinically detached dad who discovers his paternal instincts at the film's climax.

The special effects are quite poor by today's standard (the baby is played by a regular actor in close-up shots) and Cohen keeps the monster off-screen for the most part, which does help counter the general cheapness. Still, I found the baby quite eerie, thanks mainly to Rick Baker's makeup work, and the fact that it retains some humanity helps to give the film its emotional heart. Despite the low budget, IT'S ALIVE is also blessed with an absolutely fantastic soundtrack thanks to Hitchcock composer Bernard Herrmann, who goes all out to create spooky, evocative and atmospheric music. The presence of these three men (Herrmann, Ryan and Cohen) makes this film a minor classic of the period.

Reviewed by MartinHafer 7 / 10

Just who or what was this lady sleeping with anyway?!

The Davies family seems like a typical American family when the film begins. Mrs. Davies is pregnant and soon will be giving birth. Unfortunately, when it comes time for the blessed occasion, the child turns out to be an ugly...thing. And this ugly thing goes on a murdering spree--not only in the delivery room but throughout the town. At no point, oddly, does anyone ask what the $^## Mrs. Davies had been sleeping with, as the child looks like a demonic batboy-- though the film only gives you glimpses of the killing machine through the course of the picture.

While the plot is pretty simple and the film could have just been a stupid horror movie, it's a good bit better for a variety of reasons. Larry Cohen did a good job directing and keeping the tension throughout the film. I also thought that the way folks reacted towards the Davies family after the thing was born made the picture interesting--as well as Mr. and Mrs. Davies' reactions. Not a bad little horror film--and certainly better than the title might suggest.

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