Is Larry Cohen's It's Alive Trilogy Any Good?

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  1. fceurich39

    fceurich39 Well-Known Member

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    I HAVE SEEN AND OWN 3 OF HIS MOVIES WHICH I LIKE VERY MUCH THEY ARE
    1.the stuff
    2.Q the winged serpent
    3.god told me too

    so i have been wondering if this trilogy is any good?
     
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    It's Alive is great in my opinion. It Lives Again had it's moments and part 3, well, kinda fun if your in the right mood.
     
  3. hell ya!

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    It's Alive is a fantastic film and the sequels aren't too bad either. Definitely worth checking out.
     
  4. The first is an instant cult classic , the second one is also good but have not seen the third ( All 3 still on my wishlist ) .
     
  5. I love all three of these movies, even though the third is hella cheestastic. And the new DVDs are nice as well.
     
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    Loved part I and II, III is notable only for the over the top performance of Michael Moriarty, and some pretty cool stop motion animation. If you liked Moriarty in Q-The Winged Serpent, you should like Island of the Alive too.
     
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    Myron Breck BOO!!! Gotcha!

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    This a definite "must-have" series. If you know the premises and are still interested, more likely than not you'll enjoy them.
     
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    Sorry to go against the grain, but I hated them.
     
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    BloodMan Kill Time B4 It Kills You

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    The first one is awesome, second is alright, some cool bits here and there... third one... not that good but worth a watch anyway. Almost picked these up today but held back. Maybe after New Years sometime.
     
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    Will Probably Get These On Video
     
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    I just sat and watched this, and I have to say, it might well be the best of the three movies in this series! The first one is justifiable classic, of course - with the second one failing to add much. But the third shakes up the cast list, gives us some new locations that don't look like they might fall over at any second, and adds men in suits (Humanoids from the Deep style!)

    Wow, it's a fun watch. Moriarty and Cohe sure liked to work together, and Karen Black does her bit, although she's not called upon much. It's the monster suits that rule the day here. Excellent stuff, and highly recommended.
     
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    I have all these too, and haven't watched them yet. Looks like I may start these off tonight!
     
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    These have really grown on me over the years,good,low budget fun !
     
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    I watched all three a couple months ago...so much fun! All three of the films have their strengths and weaknesses, but I'd have to choose the first one as my favorite. Someday, I'll get around to listening in on the Cohen commentary tracks!
     
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    The first film caused quite a wave at the time of its release. And of course, it has a name for itself. The third film though - the opening scenes are excellent as Cohen takes the wonders of childbirth - exposed in their gory glory in the first film - and ramps it up a bit. More gore, more monster, more plain nastiness.

    The third film smartly recognizes that the monsters can't be hidden anymore (as they are in the first film), so they're displayed quite openly. More monsters and gore worked for me.
     
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    Though John Ryan is a terrific and intense actor, sadly underrated, I thought the first film was a big bore. It's mostly talk and shot very dark, and the monster is rarely glimpsed. This was not top banana, IMO.
     
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    Just finished watching these. I loved the first, the second was pretty good, but the third was pretty bad. The first two were nice and subtle, and they kept the horror real. The third was just off-the-wall cheese and horrible acting.

    It's Alive - 4.5/5
    It Lives Again - 3.5/5
    It's Alive III: Island of the Alive - 2/5
     
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    Rather than clutter the Shout thread, thought I'd resurrect this one to say how much I LOVE the first It's Alive film. It's incredibly well acted, the score - by a legend - is very effective evoking dread and sci-fi sadness. Jon Ryan's performance at the end of the film is amazingly emotional. It's an oft overlooked great film, with subtext about the environment and parenthood. What a truly great horror film. So happy to have this in hi def.
     
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    I watched the Scream Factory collection recently and I didn't think any of them held up especially well. Extras were pretty skimpy too, considering they did a boxset for the series.

    I'm just not a big fan of Larry Cohen. His movies have great hooks, but typically mediocre execution. Plus, he comes off as kind of a jerk on the extras for Maniac Cop 3.

    His only films I love are probably A Return To Salem's Lot and his Masters Of Horror episode Pick Me Up.
     
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    How are the blu ray transfers?? Yes please respond 12 years later.
     
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