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THERE'S ONLY ONE THING WRONG WITH THE DAVIS BABY...
I really like the music during the credits, almost a prototypical scary monster movie musical score (by Bernard Herrmann), with that ominous quality, yet nothing subtle about it - kind of a throwback to scary fifties monster cinema. This seems to prep the audience for standard monster scares. Yet, just how typical does this monster film reveal itself to be...?
This one might seem like a conventional monster picture - about a baby mutant - but writer/director Cohen includes some social commentary. The film deals with the themes of alienation, conformity, psychological pressures - of the need by human beings to 'fit in' with the rest of society. The central character is the father (Ryan) of the mutant. The actor plays it very well: he starts out in the film as a typical confident white-collar husband & father; he works for a public relations firm (ironic, no?). In one awful moment - the birth - his world is turned upside down; he is now the outcast, the progenitor of a murderous freak. Now he is embarrassed just to be alive. This is the kind of monster film which I got a little more out of as I got older. One would think that the father is blameless - that such an event is not in his control. But, society blames him nonetheless; I could really relate to the scene with him and his boss - haven't we all had meetings like this before? - not necessarily getting fired or laid off, but those times when your boss has to address a sticky subject with you. Both the boss and the employee are nervous and jittery.
The sequel was IT LIVES AGAIN in 1978 (also known as IT'S ALIVE 2 in some circles), where-in there was more than one mutant baby, and a 2nd sequel in 1987. A REMAKE of this, the first film, was scheduled to be released last year but never surfaced until the DVD came out. It features actress Bijou Phillips as the mother of the mutant baby.
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