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It’s Alive

This stomach-churning little film is a 'Son of the Exorcist' horror pic about a monstrous newborn baby who goes on a murder rampage through LA before being blown to smithereens in a police ambush.

This stomach-churning little film is a ‘Son of the Exorcist’ horror pic about a monstrous newborn baby who goes on a murder rampage through LA before being blown to smithereens in a police ambush.

Bernard Herrmann’s score, while not one of his most memorable, is highly effective in creating tension, but one wonders why an artist of his caliber lowered himself into such muck.

Script sidesteps an answer to what caused the aberration in the womb of Sharon Farrell. Hubby John Ryan feels vaguely guilty, and his earlier contemplation of an abortion is thrown back in his face.

The far-fetched rampage by the fleetingly-glimpsed infant gives director Larry Cohen the chance to shoot a few technically interesting scenes.

It’s Alive

  • Production: Larco. Director Larry Cohen; Producer Larry Cohen; Screenplay Larry Cohen; Camera Fenton Hamilton; Editor Peter Honess; Music Bernard Herrmann
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1974. Running time: 90 MIN.
  • With: John Ryan Sharon Farrell Andrew Duggan Guy Stockwell James Dixon Michael Ansara
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