Saturday, October 5, 2013
IT'S ALIVE! (1969)
Not to be confused with the Larry Cohen killer baby movie, this is the other Larry; Larry Buchanan's TV-movie about a crazy farmer dude who keeps a pet prehistoric creature in a cave and feeds unsuspecting people to it. I've been watching a few Buchanan films lately and they're all pretty awful. This one is no exception but it's not the worst I've seen. The pacing really kills it though and the monster, I think, is supposed to be like a giant dinosaur-type creature when in reality it's just a guy in a really ridiculous rubber-suit shot from underneath to appear slightly bigger. The monster is really the only thing that makes this one entertaining at all and it's a shame that he's really only used as a background character for the most part. It's hard to imagine a world where this was broadcast on national television and people accepted it as entertainment but I'll still take it over anything airing regularly today.
This was part of a group of made-for-TV remakes that Buchanan did for AIP except that the original version of this one was never made. It was supposed to have starred Peter Lorre and Elsa Lanchester which probably woulda been pretty cool.
The wacky monster suit used here was recycled from Buchanan's sea-monster movie CREATURE OF DESTRUCTION which itself was a remake of THE SHE-CREATURE. Buchanan also remade IT CONQUERED THE WORLD and called it ZONTAR, THE THING FROM VENUS as part of his AIP-TV deal.
The whole she-bang!: