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It's Alive (1974)

PG | | Horror | October 1974 (USA)
The Davies expect a baby, which turns out to be a monster with a nasty habit of killing when it's scared. And it's easily scared.

Director:

Larry Cohen

Writer:

Larry Cohen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John P. Ryan ... Frank Davies (as John Ryan)
Sharon Farrell ... Lenore Davies
Andrew Duggan ... The Professor
Guy Stockwell ... Bob Clayton
James Dixon ... Lt. Perkins
Michael Ansara ... The Captain
Robert Emhardt ... The Executive
William Wellman Jr. ... Charley
Shamus Locke ... The Doctor
Nancy Burnett Nancy Burnett ... Nurse (as Mary Nancy Burnett)
Patrick McAllister Patrick McAllister ... Expectant Father (as Patrick Macallister)
Daniel Holzman Daniel Holzman ... Chris
Diana Hale Diana Hale ... Secretary
Gerald York Gerald York ... Expectant Father
Jerry Taft Jerry Taft ... Expectant Father
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The Davies expect a baby, which turns out to be a monster with a nasty habit of killing when it's scared. And it's easily scared.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Whatever it is, it's alive and deadly. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baby Killer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

For the design of the baby monster, Larry Cohen drew a picture of what he wanted it to look like to Rick Baker, with the oversized forehead and pulsating veins running through the head, Cohen and Baker based it off the Starchild from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and a wolf. See more »

Goofs

In a shot of the rustling bushes outside the hospital, a string can be clearly seen tied to them in order to make them move. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Perkins: [Last line] Another one's been born in Seattle...
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Referenced in Blood (1997) See more »

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A Monster is Born
12 September 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The pregnant Lenore Davis (Sharon Farrell) tells her husband Frank Davis (John Ryan) that she is in labor to have the baby. They leave their eleven year-old son Chris (Daniel Holzman) with their friend Charley (William Wellman Jr.) 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 (James Dixon) comes to the hospital to investigate the murder and the press divulges the identity of the parents of the monster. Frank loses her job of executive in public relationship and accepts the offer of a university that wants to research the corpse of the baby to discover the reason for the mutation. Meanwhile the baby continues to kill people in town. Out of the blue, Frank discovers a dark secret about Lenore and the baby.

A couple of days ago I saw the awful remake of "It's Alive" and I decided to watch again the 1974 B-movie of Larry Cohen to reevaluate it in the present days. The original film is better and better than the lame remake of 2010. The analogy of Frank with Dr. Frankenstein is one of the good dialogs of this film. The madness process of Lenore Davis is more plausible than the ridiculous behavior of Lenore Harker of the new version. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Nasce um Monstro" ("A Monster is Born")

Note: On 25 March 2016, I saw this film again.


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