It's Alive (2008 film)

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It's Alive
Unrated DVD cover
Directed by Josef Rusnak
Produced by Mark Damon
Written by 2007 Screenplay:
Larry Cohen
Paul Sopocy
James Portolese
1974 Screenplay:
Larry Cohen
Starring Bijou Phillips
Raphaël Coleman
James Murray
Music by Nicholas Pike
Edited by James Herbert
Patrick McMahon
Release dates
October 6, 2009 (USA)
Language English

It's Alive is a 2009 straight-to-DVD remake of Larry Cohen's 1974 horror film of the same name.


Just before the end of her semester at college, Lenore Harker (Bijou Phillips) leaves to have a baby with her architect boyfriend, Frank (James Murray) at his remote log cabin. After discovering the baby has doubled in size in just a month, doctors decide to extract the baby by caesarian section, although Frank is not present. As the doctor cuts the umbilical cord, the newborn goes on a rampage, killing every doctor and nurse in the operating room. When the film cuts back to the new mother, the baby is asleep on her stomach and the room is covered with blood.

After questioning by the police, Lenore is allowed to take the baby home. Authorities arrange for a psychologist to help her regain her memory of the delivery. Soon, baby Daniel bites Lenore when she’s feeding him, revealing his taste for blood.

Daniel begins to attack small animals and progresses to killing adult humans. Lenore refuses to accept that her baby is a cannibalistic killer. One day, Frank comes home from work to find Lenore sitting in the baby's room, but Daniel is not in his crib. Frank asks Lenore where Daniel is and finds a dead bird in the crib. Frank then goes in search of Daniel and winds up getting locked in the basement. The police find Frank, who witnesses Daniel kill a police officer. Frank then manages to capture Daniel, but is unable to bring himself to kill the baby. He is then attacked by his son.

Lenore comes out to find Daniel and sees Frank is injured. She brings the baby back to the house, and it is implied she kills herself and the baby in a fire. Frank and his brother watch the house burn.



The film was officially released straight-to-DVD on October 6, 2009. It is available in both rated and unrated editions. The film had theatrical release in the Philippines in August 2009.[1]


Larry Cohen, the director of the 1974 original, was interviewed on December 21, 2009 regarding the remake and gave it a negative review, saying "It's a terrible picture. It's just beyond awful" and "I would advise anybody who likes my film to cross the street and avoid seeing the new enchilada."[2]


  1. ^ "Red Band Trailer Debut for ‘It’s Alive’ Remake! | | Bloody DisgustingBloody Disgusting". Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  2. ^ Layne, Bryan (21 December 2009). "Larry Cohen Interview". Films in Review. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 

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