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