It Lives Again (1978)

A bit of a letdown following the atmospheric, effective original. In many ways, this sequel feels like a remake: Although it’s accelerated, the central conflict remains the same, and while the plot begins to veer towards the end it remains awfully familiar and predictable. The attack scenes are pretty tame while it’s hard not to notice how inexpressive and stately the creature effects are throughout the movie. As with most of director Larry Cohen’s movies, the acting is straightforward but effective, and the talented cast manages to rise above Cohen’s rather mediocre, rushed screenplay.

Rating: ★★ (out of 5)

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