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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.
It's my son's birthday today... any who I was searching my memory and recalled seeing this film at the drive-in theater while I was pregnant with him! Probably not the best choice of films for women who are preggers! lol
70's low to no budget flick that scared the bejesus out of me back in 1977, now it's just a fond memory with big ass honking fangs and claws!
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.
The premise is silly. A mutant baby escapes and goes on a kill spree. Everything else about the film is excellent, in a 70's cheesy way.
Film 27 of Hoop-Tober
Watchable and entertaining. Not as nutso as Cohen's other films, even though I have to admit the idea of hunting down your new born baby is a bit nuts.
Love that Bernard Herrmann scored this.
Part of my Halloween Horror Marathon
Not a very scary movie, but kinda fun. It's kinda slow but it's still creepy. The baby looks creepy as hell. Worth a watch.
October is Rick Baker month... Entry #1
I watched this film because it is one of the earliest films in Rick Baker's career that is reasonably available... I wanted to be able to see his progression as a special effects and makeup designer from the beginning of his work though modern day. I think I made a good decision in this case... The makeup in this film was good but I don't think it really stands up against a lot of the other stuff he would work on in future years...
I was also a bit surprised to see that this film featured a score by frequent Welles and Hitchcock collaborator, Bernard Herrmann.. Unfortunately, a lot of aspects of this…
Joe Bob Briggs once said that Larry Cohen movies feel like one long scene, and there's a lot to that. He's not a natural storyteller and that makes a film like this a little less watchable and compelling, despite a ludicrous premise. This is neither as funny nor as clever as you might hope going into it.
On the other hand, this is a killer mutant baby movie where not a single character displays a single shred of disbelief for even a single moment. The jump from "woman is in a normal labor" to "everyone in the hospital room is dead, it's due to a mutant baby, we are hunting the mutant baby, we are sending you parents home" happens…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This movie divided me. I thought it was going to be much, much worse. It turned out to be bad, but with some good qualities. Aside from the barely believable plot and that which was supposed to be a monster baby but looked more like an adult in a grotesque costume, I admit I enjoyed the tone of the movie, through most of it, I forgot I was watching a B horror movie from the 70's, it felt more like a low-budget thriller of some kind, because it seemed to take itself seriously.
Well, as of the ending...it's not everyday you hear a cop referring to a baby as "that son of a bitch dies here and now". I thought…
It's tempting to blame the boomers for the ferocious-fetus genre - because, y'know, fuck the boomers for seeing us like that? - but I guess it never really kicked in until the late 70's and that would've been pretty late for them to start popping 'em out, and...wait. Wait, wait, wait.
Yeah, it's the boomers. This is a movie from the boomers, and we gen-X'ers totally the vampire babies. So, try to take that with some positivity, fellow gen-X'ers.
Eh, I guess I'm a couple of decades too far into my life to take this personally. The nice thing is, It's Alive is totally badass, and completely sympathetic to the monster vampire baby. It's like, Fuck you, everybody trying…
This horror film is very cheaply made but it has some deep psychological things going on what happens when your baby comes out looking different. Should you get did of it like the father wants to do or should you keep it and treat it like any other baby as the mother wants to do. It raises these issues while being kind of cheesy and goofy because the baby looks very fake. The film moves a a very slow pace so you might forget some of the film because it doesn't stand out like you would think.
ALL babies are evil.
My first Larry Cohen film (I know right, poor form) and I must say I was neither pleasantly surprised nor disappointed. It's Alive is almost exactly as I expected: mildly interesting low budget nicely shot slasher.
I was particularly pleased by Cohen's use of handheld and of course Herrmann's soundtrack is wonderful - combining the orchestral dramatise synonymous with his work with synthesisers and typically horror repetition and drone.
Would've liked more creative slasher scenes and more shots of that terrifying baby going wild but my complaints are relatively few given I just paid $6 for the It's Alive triple pack. Will probs watch those others real soon too, just for laughs.
I recently became aware of Larry Cohen's filmography and my first venture into it did not disappoint. Yes it was cheesy, yes the acting was pretty bad, but it also worked on so many levels and the practical monster was actually pretty cool. I'm looking forward to watching more of his films.
A mutant baby is born and immediately goes on a killing spree. The father (John Ryan) wants to do the macho thing and kill it, against the wishes of his wife (Sharon Farrell), whom he has no problem smacking if she gets disagreeable. A fertility drug, or smog may have been the cause of it. Really a capsule of its time, when medicine was transitioning from traditional to modern, but audiences nowadays would surely find it preposterous. Add to that its leaden pacing, murky cinematography and poor audio (some dialogue is buried under Bernard Herrmann's creepy score) make it a bit of a chore.
Aside from laughing uncontrollably at everyone's bloodlust for the murder of a mutant baby, the film was pretty entertaining. Low on the frights though..
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
The Devil in Miss Jones (1972)
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