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It Lives Again
It's Alive 2: It Lives Again

USA 1978
produced by
Larry Cohen, William Wellman jr (associate) for Larco
directed by Larry Cohen
starring Frederic Forrest, Kathleen Lloyd, John P.Ryan, John Marley, Andrew Duggan, Eddie Constantine, James Dixon, Dennis Flaherty, Melissa Inger, Victoria Jill, Bobby Ramsen, Glenda Young, Lynn Wood
written by Larry Cohen, music by Bernard Herrmann, adaptation and additional music by Laurie Johnson, special make up by Rick Baker

It's Alive

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Eugene (Frederic Forrest) and Jody Scott (Kathleen Lloyd) are expecting a baby and couldn't be happier ... but at their baby party they spot a visitor neither of them has invited: Frank Davies (John P.Ryan), whose monster baby was brutally slaughtered by the authorities some years ago (see It's Alive), and who just knows the Scotts' baby will also be a monster ... but he and his team wants to save the baby from bloodthirsty authorities ... and somehow Jody comes to believe him.

Eugene does not give too much of a heed about Davies' story - until he sees the regular army of cops waiting in his wife's delivery room ...

Fortunately though, Davies is at hand with a mobile delivery room, a qualified doctor (Eddie Constantine) and a gun to get the Scotts out of the hospitals ... and with his mobile delivery room, he even manages to outsmart the police.

Turns out that Doctor Perry (Andrew Duggan), who is behind the whole operation, already has two more monster babies in his secret hiding place, where he wants to give them a proper place to live ... though somehow one can't shake the feeling that he needs them for his studies rather than trying to give them a good life. A short time later though, the police has found Perry's hiding place, and storms it with gunpower. But the babies have already broken out of the cage Perry has kept them in and killed most of his personnel. The cops manage to shoot two of the babies, but somehow, Davies has managed to make off with the third, the Scott baby.

Somehow it seems Davies has forged a bond with the babies ... until the baby is frightened and slashes Davies' throat as a reflex ...

Somehow the police has gotten hold of the Scotts and persuades them to play bait for their baby ... but once the baby has tracked them down and come to their house, the cops no longer play fair and try to gas everyone in the house ... and during a fight with one of the cops, Eugene Scott is forced to shoot his own baby against his will ...

Soon enough, the story has come full circle, and now Eugene wants to offer his assistance to expectant couples that might bear monster children just like Frank Davies did ...

 

For the most part, It Lives Again is just a recap of It's Alive, with more action added on, and is thus inferior to the first movie. However, the film poses a few interesting questions of its own, like "What to do with the babies once they are here ?" or "Is it ok to experiment on them ?" without giving any simple, clichéd answers. That said, by and large the film does fall for genre trappings where its predecessor was thought-provoking, and is not among Larry Cohen's best films. That does not make the movie all bad though ...

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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