21 May 2024
It's Alive (1974)
91 min.
Directed by Larry Cohen.
With John Ryan, Sharon Farrell, Andrew Duggan, Michael Ansara, Guy Stockwell, Robert Rmhardt, James Dixon, William Wellman, Jr.
How do we get back the 90 minutes we wasted watching this mess of a train wreck?

Vastly overrated baby killer horror about a couple that gives birth to a murderous mutant infant.

John Ryan is way too much of a ham to generate much sympathy as the father. The story is ridiculous, the direction sloppy. The score was composed by Bernard Herrmann, but frankly it seems like it was written for another, better movie.

If this is a comedy, we missed the joke.

Director Cohen (who did 1976's infinitely better God Told Me To) has his enthusiastic group of ardent admirers, but sometimes crap is merely just crap. No spin necessary.

True to its lameitude, this was followed by two sequels: It Lives Again! in 1978 and It's Alive III: Island of the Alive in 1986.

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