Becoming a father for the first time is a scary yet incredibly wonderful feeling. But nothing would compare to what happens in Larry Cohen’s 1974 film “It’s Alive”. It charts the story of a couple (John Ryan and Sharon Farrell) who are expecting their second child. Little did they know what she would give birth to a monster that would kill the entire delivery room and escape into the night. Soon that they realise that the little guy will kill when scared. And he gets scared very easily.
This film speaks to me as really being one of the few horror films that deal in the point-of-view of the father. What was supposed to be a happy and wonderful time turns into a nightmare of the worst kind of reproduction. He feels responsible for bringing this monster to life yet wants to care and be protective of his child, even with all the terrible things it has done.
So for expecting father’s-to-be you might want to steer clear of this. But it’s still an enjoyable film from Cohen with it’s theme of parenthood, human behaviour and reproduction still relevent today.