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Blu-Ray Review: It’s Alive Trilogy
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It’s Alive Trilogy
Blu-ray
Director: Larry Cohen
Screenwriter: Larry Cohen
Cast: John P. Ryan, Sharon Farrell, Frederic Forrest, Kathleen Lloyd, Michael Moriarty, Karen Black
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated PG/PG/R | 91/91/95 Minutes
Release Date: May 15, 2018

“There’s only one thing wrong with the Davis baby… IT’S ALIVE!”

A genuine auteur of low-budget horror and science fiction films, writer/director/producer Larry Cohen has made a career out of making audiences exclaim “holy fucking shit” in unison during his movies. Known for blaxploitation films like Black Caesar and Hell Up in Harlem, and horror flicks like Q: The Winged Serpent, The Stuff, and God Told Me To, Cohen is one the last true mavericks of cult cinema.

Cohen’s most beloved contribution to cinema, perhaps, is a series of films about monstrously deformed babies with razor-sharp fangs and claws. It’s Alive (1974), It’s Alive Again (1978), and It’s Alive III: Island of the Alive (1987) are inbred triplets hanging off one particularly fucked up branch of the Creepy Kid Family Treeâ„¢, the same gnarled oak that contains movies like The Bad Seed, Village of the Damned, Rosemary’s Baby, and The Omen. And like those classic films, they’re cautionary tales packed with scathing social commentary… and demon babies.

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Blu-Ray Review: Troll / Troll 2 Double Feature
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Troll
Blu-ray
Director: John Carl Buechler
Screenwriter: Ed Naha
Cast: Noah Hathaway, Michael Moriarty, Shelley Hack, Jenny Beck, Sonny Bono, Phil Fondacaro, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Scream Factory
Release Date: November 17th, 2015

Before John Carl Buechler directed films like Cellar Dweller, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, and Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College, he made his feature-length debut with Troll, a 1986 fantasy film about a kid named Harry Potter.

Yes, over a decade before J.K. Rowling’s magical novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, there was another Harry Potter who dealt with trolls, hobgoblins, elves, and nymphs. Played by Noah Hathaway (Atreyu from 1984’s The NeverEnding Story), this Harry Potter moves into a rundown apartment building in San Francisco with his mom (Shelley Hack) and dad (The Stuff‘s Michael Moriarty), and little sister Wendy Anne (Jenny Beck), who seems to be a clone of Carol Anne from Poltergeist.

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