It's Alive (1974)
Andrew Duggan, Dir.
This movie haunted me for years on
end, and I hadn't even seen the film until it's video release. The t.v.
commercial for the film was enough to give me endless nightmares, and I was
obsessed with interrogating fellow school classmates who saw the film for
every bit of info to appease my inquiring mind. "Some people
are just a little bit frightened when they have their first baby," the
commercial voice-over spoke hauntingly as a baby carriage spun slowly to the
sounds of a rock-a-bye baby music box, to be replaced by the thump-a-thump
of a heartbeat, "the Davis's are terrified. You see there's only
one thing wrong with the Davis baby. It's Alive!"
This spawned the most terrible mental images I have ever known, just to
imagine what this thing looked like. My parents would not allow me to
see it, so everything was left to my imagination for a good handful of
years. My nights were filled with terrifying dreams, and I spent night
time hours on end staring at the foot of my bed or the opened crack of my
bedroom door fearing a nocturnal visit. Nightmare after nightmare
contained hearing the news that an It's Alive baby was born somewhere in my
town, and I would flee through neighborhoods and streets and backyards
trying to get out of town, knowing it would eventually find me. When I
finally saw the film on video, I was disappointed with the low-budget
quality and the look of the baby was far less terrifying than I imagined.
Still, I've been drawn to watching it over and over ever since, and I've
grown to become impressed with the film's execution, from the script, to the
acting, to Bernard Hermann's exceptional score, to even Rick Baker's title
creature itself, barely seen, and understandably so. Thank you, Larry