Josh’s Movie Review: It’s Alive (2009)


[singlepic id=538 w=320 h=240 float=]People may not agree with this review due to the fact that I don’t really have anything bad to say about this remake of the 1974 horror film which holds the number 43 spot on Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments.  I do have to admit that I have not seen the original so I have no bias or grounds to compare the two films. Which is a good thing because if I had seen the original I probably would have a different view of the latter film.

“It’s Alive” begins with Lenore (Bijou Phillips- Hostel 2, Almost Famous, Havoc) packing up her things, and leaving school due to the fact that she is pregnant. Her friends think taking the wrong path and that she should not give up on school. Disregarding her friends suggestions she moves in with her boyfriend Frank and his disabled brother, in order to prepare for the birth of their child. Almost as soon as Lenore moves into Frank’s house things start going wrong. The baby comes a few months early, but is healthy as can be. While in the delivery room the Lenore is given a sedative and the doctors proceed with a C-section. After the delivery, we find out that all of the doctors have been brutally murdered.

As we go further into the film we find out that the baby is a blood thirsty demon and needs to feed on blood to grow big and strong. We find out that Lenore had tried to take drugs to abort the pregnancy, and this leads the viewer to believe that the drugs had an effect on the baby.  I thought the movie was executed pretty well, it delves into Lenore being protective of her baby, so she cleans up his bloody messes, and gives him his baths, just so he can get all bloody again.  After all the animals in the area are gone the baby (Daniel, played by BAD CGI) moves on to Lenore’s friends and loved ones. Bringing the movie to a “burning” conclusion.

I enjoyed “It’s Alive” the only thing that really got to me was the CGI used in the part of Daniel, it looked too fake. It has some good bloody gore moments and kinda freaked me out a few times. But overall I would give the film a 6 out of 10, not the best movie I have ever seen but definitely not the worst. Be sure to tune in to Zombie Popcorn Radio on Saturdays 7-9 eastern time, and catch the replay on Wednesday and download the podcast  from iTunes, we will be talking about “It’s Alive” and other things horror related.

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Josh Browning

When Josh was only 5 years old he came across a vision on the television that would stick with him for the rest of his life. It was of a man constructing a glove with knives on the fingers. As he watched this movie he became frightened as the man with a green and red shirt, fedora hat, and knives on his fingers started chasing a girl through a boiler room, scraping the knives on metal objects causing terrible screeching sounds. He quickly ran into his bedroom and crawled under the covers. As he sat there he grew curious and poked his head out from under the covers turned the T.V. on and watch the remainder of the film and the rest is history. From then on Josh Browning was a horror movie fan, and refuses to let go of his childhood obsession with Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, Freddy Kruger and all the other great horror movie icons. Also at a young age Josh's mother turned him on to music. A product of the 80's Josh grew up with the likes of Prince, Billy Joel, The Police, and Rick Springfield, just to name a few. Music also had a tremendous effect on Josh's life. In high school he began playing the drums, and has since moved on to playing bass, guitar, piano, banjo, and mandolin. Josh has been in a few bands, most notable are the bands Three, and Compound F, both fairly popular his home town of Panama City, Florida. Josh now writes and records his own music, and is trying to make a name for himself as a songwriter. In May 2005, Josh married his high school sweetheart Jenny Lou Strickland. They have been a couple for going on 11 years and have been married 4. Josh lives in Norfolk, Virginia with his wife, 2 dogs, and cat. On a typical day you can find Josh sitting at his computer playing his guitar, or catch him at a theater seeing a movie, or at the Naro Expanded Cinema renting movies to put into his storage locker of a brain.


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