It's Alive
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Horror journeyman Larry Cohen, writer and director of numerous quirky horror projects, made his first foray into the genre with this low-budget cult favorite about a murderous mutant baby on a suburban rampage. The story opens with a delivery-room massacre as the newborn child of Frank and Lenore Davies (John P. Ryan and Sharon Farrell) answers the doctor's slap by tearing him to pieces -- along with a few other medical personnel -- before fleeing the hospital for whereabouts unknown. The subsequent hunt for the killer baby creates a rift between Frank, who wants the child destroyed, and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A far-fetched cult thriller."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Entertaining cheese."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"This is no Rosemary's Baby but more like a campy Godzilla in diapers."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"rather scary little 70s cheap horror"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"One part allegory on familial tensions and one part commentary on environmental and biological poisoning."
‑ Joshua Vasquez, Slant Magazine
"Choice Cohen schlock. 'There's only one thing wrong with the Davis's alive.'"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A deeply terrifying portrait of child-parent relationships and intolerant fears of "otherness" defined as much by its sociological sharpness as its gore."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"You wouldn't want to confuse what Cohen does for art, but for its genre It's Alive! manages a few neat tricks"
‑ Jake Euker,
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