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There's only one thing wrong with the Davis baby....
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.
Mae Young once gave birth to a hand so this was nothing
I probably laughed way harder than I should have when the army of cops converge on a suburban California home simply to arrest an innocent baby sitting on a blanket in the grass.
How about that Bernard Hermann score, huh? Certainly the classiness of the soundtrack overshadows the grit of the content. Despite the poster's promise of horror, It's Alive is probably read better as a family drama about the questionable virility of the American Man.
There's an illustrative moment near the beginning when four would-be fathers are lounging in the waiting room of the hospital. They speak of their jobs, they speak of pollution, they speak of anger and love. There's enough clues in this important scene to indicate…
It appears Bernard Herrmann was not above B-level material when it came to choosing films to score. His final years were music on two DePalma films, Taxi Driver and Larry Cohen's It's Alive. Evidence also reveals a sense of humor in the master maestro when he titled the musical cue where the milkman meets his maker as "The Milkman Goeth". The film is short and feels long but Larry Cohen was still the frickin' man at injecting black, absurdist humor inside his horror films. I hear the sequels are buried for a reason but that they are off-the-wall zany so I will approach with both caution and excitement.
Cada día me gusta más Larry Cohen y me pregunto por qué no soy un admirador más devoto. Me parece un escritor super económico, con un perfecto sentido del humor. Y como director es super puntual y filoso. Para muestra en It's Alive, la redada de los policías al bebé en el jardín. Genio.
Y como bien señala @danote en su reseña, It's Alive pertenece a esa tradición del horror basado en la paternidad. Pero a diferencia de él, yo creo que sí aporta algo nuevo al discurso. Creo que Cohen deletrea la metáfora en la escena en la que Frank es despedido por su jefe. It's Alive es sobre los horrores de lidiar con un hijo…
I had no idea what this was about going into it.
The title made me think it was some riff or adaptation of Frankenstein.
I had no idea I was walking into a movie about a 10lb killer mutant baby that's more in line with Rosemary's Baby or We Need To Talk About Kevin.
And yet it still fits with some major themes of Frankenstein. Plus it's genuinely creepy, suspenseful, and kind of terrifying. Terrifically written and acted too.
This movie is fucking awesome!
Cinema Horrorama #93
Será que la vi a una edad más o menos en el rango “ya deberías pensar en tener hijos”, y tal vez por eso me angustió muchísimo. Me la pasé mal con todo el inicio, en el que Cohen dirige muy bien una realidad aparentemente segura, pero con una sensación que nos dice que algo tiene que salir mal. No porque sepamos que estamos viendo una película de espantajos mutantes, sino que la tensión que el director crea desde que la pareja sale al hospital es tremendamente angustiante. La tranquilidad es demasiado sospechosa. En cualquier otra película veríamos a la mujer sufriendo las contracciones, al esposo buscando las llaves del coche con medio pantalón en las piernas,…
This is seriously an emotionally disturbing picture. Damn, I love Larry Cohen.
It's Alive is a wonderful example of what horror can do best: making manifest everyday, human anxieties. Between this, Basket Case, and the "Humbug" episode of The X Files, I think little rubber mutants just freak me out, but this movie is damn creepy!
I distinctly remember being in Grade 1, watching the glut of outstanding crime/police/gangster TV-series with my Mom and Dad, and then the stroller being shown in the commercial for 'It's Alive', complete with the eerie music, and I would just scream and run out of the room, much to the amusement of my family. For a low-budget horror movie, based on mutated babies, it boasts a great score by Bernard Herrmann, a wonderful protagonist in cult-movie legend John P. Ryan, and fine work by writer/director Larry Cohen. Definitely recommendable for purchase and re-watches for horror aficionados of a great decade for midnight entertainments, the 70's.
"Hunting and killing babies doesn't seem to be my specialty."
The commercials alone used to scare the shit out of me when I was three years old. I was running out of the room and hopping up onto my bed before I ever saw what was in that creepy-ass rotating baby crib... I knew that there was no way that the movie could ever live up to the fear that I felt not ever having seen it and, unfortunately, I was right. Somewhat funny in its ridiculousness, but disappointing all the same.
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…
The birthing room after baby leaves is genuinely savage, but the rest was toooo slllooooowwww.
Also, nice touch on the pest control dude talking about toxins in insecticide. Wink!!
I'm the mutant baby in this. Always screaming, ugly and wanting to kill everyone.
For a movie about a killer mutant baby, the character side of this is very placid and matter of fact. There isn't even a character around to be skeptical about the baby!
Plus, I love that this thing gets to the point. 15 minutes in and the baby is on the loose and the plot is moving. Larry Cohen knows how to do this stuff.
not too shabby '70's fright-fest
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