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It’s Alive

Released 1974
Distributor Warner Bros.

Although not a hit when released in 1974, the 1977 reissue with the tagline “There is only one thing wrong with the Davis baby. It’s Alive!” hit the boxoffice jackpot, leading to two sequels. Larry Cohen’s killer baby movie gives us very limited footage of Rick Baker’s infant monster, and the trailer affords no glimpses at all. Ok, so it’s not a vampire! But we bet It wanted to be!

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.