It Lives Again (1978) - Rotten Tomatoes

It Lives Again (1978)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

It Lives Again Trailers & Photos

Movie Info

Writer-director Larry Cohen followed his ragged but interesting horror hit It's Alive! with this sequel, which surpassed the original in both creativity and technical expertise. The story opens as another expectant couple, Eugene and Jody Scott (Frederic Forrest and Kathleen Lloyd), are paid a surprise visit by a stranger who turns out to be Frank Davies (John P. Ryan), the father of the original monster baby from the previous film. Davies warns the couple that their unborn child may be similarly at risk, and thereby in mortal danger from a nationwide task force dedicated to destroying the monster infants. Despite their initial apprehension, the Scotts eventually place a tenuous trust in the stranger, who explains that the children are not subhuman animals, but may actually represent the next step in human evolution -- a view shared by members of an underground organization devoted to the protection and study of the children. Davies secretes Eugene and Jody in this group's hideout so that they can attend to the birth of the child in safety. Discovering that their newborn is indeed one of the same mutants, the Scotts undergo a traumatic test of familial integrity, much like that of the Davies family in the previous film. Their emotional turmoil is further compounded by an assault on the compound by members of a rival underground dedicated to eradicating the monster babies, which leads to a grim and violent confrontation. This time out, Cohen is far more assured at the helm, stabilizing his vision with a more elaborate script, higher budget, and good performances. On the downside, the monster-baby FX haven't particularly improved since the previous outing, but Cohen has the good sense to keep the little rubber beasties fairly well-hidden. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovimore
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Larry Cohen
On DVD: Feb 8, 1993
Warner Home Video


Frederic Forrest
as Eugene Scott
Kathleen Lloyd
as Jody Scott
John P. Ryan
as Frank Davis
John Marley
as Mr. Mallory
Andrew Duggan
as Dr. Perry
Eddie Constantine
as Dr. Forrest
James Dixon
as Detective Perkins
Bobby Ramsen
as Dr. Sando da Silva
Lynn Wood
as Jody's Mother
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for It Lives Again

Critic Reviews for It Lives Again

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Less lively than the original.

Full Review… | July 18, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

plain boring

February 18, 2008

Proves poised in its balancing of humor, terror and tragedy.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Lessons of Darkness

Audience Reviews for It Lives Again


A tame and dull follow-up to the first film. The story progresses with yet more mutant babies being born across America. But more mutant babies didn't mean more carnage or a higher body count for this sequel. Things liven-up at the end but it comes far too late. Disappointing

Lee ?

Super Reviewer

A continuance of the monster baby story. This time there are more of them. Some good attack scenes, including at a kids' birthday party. Still has that exploitation feeling. They give us a few more glimpses of the creatures and expand their mythology.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

Definitely memorable!!

Leo L

Super Reviewer

It Lives Again Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss It Lives Again on our Movie forum!