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It Lives Again (1978)

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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, Rovi

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Cast

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 Det. Perkins
Bobby Ramsen
as Dr. Sando da Silva
Lynn Wood
as Jody's Mother
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Critic Reviews for It Lives Again

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

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.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

On the whole this is a good film in theory rather than practice. The script is written in the Albert Memorial style - ungainly in structure, weighed down with extraneous detail.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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Mr. Cohen wrote, directed and produced the film, which, most of the time, has the manner of something improvised in blind panic.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

The excellent first sequel to It's Alive expands the concept of the original and finds a more-confident Larry Cohen behind the camera.

September 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It Lives Again is rather transcendent for a horror film.

September 26, 2018 | Full Review…

It actually checks in with a few of the original's characters, giving them an interesting role in the proceedings and showing some actual progression in their lives, rather than just tossing them in as fan service.

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for It Lives Again

½

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 ?
Lee ?

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Definitely memorable!!

Leo L
Leo L

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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
Lafe Fredbjornson

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