It’s Alive III: Island of the Alive (1987)

The final entry in the Larry Cohen trilogy is a step above its disappointing predecessor. The story itself is relatively inventive especially for a second sequel, and it’s nice that the filmmakers have at least taken some steps to follow the first movie’s narrative to a natural conclusion. Relocating the goings on to a tropical island gives Cohen many opportunities for gorgeous photography and he doesn’t miss a chance to highlight his movie’s breathtaking visual look. Cohen also benefits from improved special effects, which look crude to modern eyes but at least allowed the director to expand the internal mythology of his series.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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