It's Alive III: Island Of The Alive

  • 1988
  • 1 HR 31 MIN
  • R
  • Horror

When we last left the mutant killer babies of IT'S ALIVE (1974) and IT LIVES AGAIN (1978), a panicked American government was in the midst of forcing abortions on pregnant mothers suspected of carrying mutants and of executing those monster kids already born. At the opening of the third installment of the series, most of the babies have been destroyed....read more

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When we last left the mutant killer babies of IT'S ALIVE (1974) and IT LIVES AGAIN (1978), a panicked American government was in the midst of forcing abortions on pregnant mothers suspected of carrying mutants and of executing those monster kids already born. At the opening of the third

installment of the series, most of the babies have been destroyed. A few, however, have survived and have been taken to a remote island, where they will be allowed to live out their days. Years later, the father of one of the babies (Moriarty) is asked to participate in a scientific expedition to

the island in order to study the development of the mutants. The researchers are shocked to discover that the mutants have grown into adulthood and have begun to procreate. Unfortunately for the scientists, there is a rebellion among the mutants, and all of the visitors are killed save Jarvis, who

is forced to pilot the boat containing the escaping mutants to Florida. Cohen's latest installment in the IT'S ALIVE series, one of the most thematically rich horror series ever produced, once again tackles American political and social attitudes in a genre context but this time even more

mockingly. Here Cohen takes a swipe at abortion, the Baby M case, the court system, fear of AIDS, media stardom, merchandizing (Jarvis becomes a celebrity after writing a book called A Parent's Story), and a host of other issues debated in the 1980s. Much of the success of the film once again lies

in the incredibly strange performance of Cohen veteran Moriarty. At first a rather normal, straight-laced kind of guy, Moriarty slowly becomes harsh and cynical in his view of the society that wanted to destroy his child and made Moriarty a pariah. A project designed specifically for home video,

IT'S ALIVE III was shot in only four weeks on locations in Hawaii and Los Angeles. Neill's special makeup for the adult mutant babies is based on the original design by Baker and is very effective, given the limited amount of money he had to work with, as is the brief stop-motion animation by

Hedge.

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