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It's Alive
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Title: It's Alive
Directed by: Larry Cohen
Written by: Larry Cohen
Produced by: Larry Cohen; Peter Sabiston; Janelle Cohen
Music by: Bernard Herrmann
Cinematography: Fenton Hamilton
Edited by: Peter Honess
Distributed by: Larco Productions
Warner Bros.
Released: October, 1974
Rating: PG
Running time: 91 min.
Country: USA
Language: English
Next: It's Alive 2 (1978)

It's Alive is an American feature film of the horror genre, focusing on elements of "child terror". It was written and directed by Larry Cohen and produced by Larco Productions. It was distributed through Warner Bros. and released theatrically in the United States in October, 1974. The film was remade in 2008 by director Josef Rusnak and produced by Millennium Films and Foresight Unlimited. A sequel film, It's Alive 2, also known as "It Lives Again", was released in 1978. The film has since gone on to earn itself cult status amongst viewers.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Cast[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Prior to its release in the U.S., It's Alive was first screened at the Trieste International Science Fiction Film Festival in Italy in July, 1974. [1]
  • It's Alive grossed 1,189,267 krona in Sweden. [2]
  • It's Alive is Larry Cohen's fourth film as a director. It is his first horror movie as a director.
  • It's Alive is Larry Cohen's eleventh film as a screenwriter. It is his second horror film.
  • Actor John P. Ryan is credited as John Ryan in this film.
  • Actress Nancy Burnett is credited as Mary Nancy Burnett in this film.
  • Actor Patrick McAllister is credited as Patrick Macallister in this film.
  • This is the first, and to date, only known film work for actor Daniel Holzman.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • There are a total of seventeen credited characters in this film, not including various background extras. There are only six named characters in this film.
  • Producer Janelle Webb was the wife of director/writer Larry Cohen at the time of production.

Taglines[edit | edit source]

  • "It's newborn, it's alive, and murder is what it knows best."
  • "It was born three days ago. It has killed seven people. Its parents are human beings. Whatever it is, it's alive!"
  • "Save your screams until you see its face."
  • "The ONE film you should not see alone."
  • "There's only ONE thing wrong with the Davis baby: it's alive."
  • "Whatever it is, it's alive and deadly."

Recommendations[edit | edit source]

1974 films[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. IMDB; It's Alive (1974); Release dates.
  2. IMDB; It's Alive (1974); Box office & business.

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