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It Lives Again

In his sequel to It's Alive, Larry Cohen aims squarely at the same audience, which should be attracted back for more of the murderous babies.

In his sequel to It’s Alive, Larry Cohen aims squarely at the same audience, which should be attracted back for more of the murderous babies.

As in the original, producer-director-writer Cohen does not show a lot of the demonic infants nor explain what they really are. But whatever got into the blood of the first mom is now rampant through the country and they’re aborning everywhere, threatening the survival of humanity.

Though this is all so much silliness, Cohen effectively uses a good cast topped by Frederic Forrest and Kathleen Lloyd to build up suspense for the slashing, growling attacks by the terrible tykes.

Since the babies are fairly defenseless except at close range, Cohen must go to ridiculous lengths to get his well-armed characters into vulnerable positions, wrapping up with a totally absurd police siege. When the kids are about to bite, though, it’s good horror-house fun.

It Lives Again

  • Production: Warner. Director Larry Cohen; Producer Larry Cohen; Screenplay Larry Cohen; Camera Fenton Hamilton; Editor Curt Burch, Louis Friedman, Carol O'Blath; Music Bernard Herrmann, Laurie Johnson
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1978. Running time: 91 MIN.
  • With: Frederic Forrest Kathleen Lloyd John P. Ryan John Marley Andrew Duggan Eddie Constantine
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