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 Posted:   Oct 21, 2020 - 10:04 AM   
 By:   Jameson281   (Member)

Having just watched Larry Cohen's direct-to-video IT'S ALIVE III: ISLAND OF THE ALIVE for the Halloween season, I was wondering if I'm the only one who would appreciate a release of Laurie Johnson's score. After reworking Bernard Herrmann's IT'S ALIVE music for the early scenes, most of Johnson's score is original and quite effective.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2020 - 10:21 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

You lost me at "direct-to-video."

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2020 - 10:36 AM   
 By:   Jameson281   (Member)

You lost me at "direct-to-video."

I wasn't saying anything about the quality of the movie, just the quality of the music. After writing excellent scores for THE AVENGERS, FIRST MEN IN THE MOON and CAPTAIN KRONOS, VAMPIRE HUNTER, Johnson didn't suddenly lose all his talent just because the project was DTV as opposed to a theatrical feature or a TV show.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2020 - 10:39 AM   
 By:   LRobHubbard   (Member)

You lost me at "direct-to-video."

"Oh shit... It's one of THEM!!"

 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2020 - 10:40 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Its alive III?!!
Seriously? 1 was a hoot, but they made 3????!!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2020 - 10:51 AM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

Just for the record "It's Alive III: Island of the Alive" was not a direct-to-video release. It was a film released to theaters in 1987.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2020 - 11:22 AM   
 By:   Jameson281   (Member)

Just for the record "It's Alive III: Island of the Alive" was not a direct-to-video release. It was a film released to theaters in 1987.

It was initiated by Warners as a direct-to-video project as part of a two-picture deal with Larry Cohen that also included RETURN TO SALEM'S LOT; Cohen affirmed this in multiple interviews. Any theatrical bookings it may have had were merely to create the impression that it was a "real" movie. Sometimes studios have large licensing deals for foreign TV that include clauses that the titles must be theatrical films; the license fee is sometimes based upon box office performance. So sometimes DTV titles or little indie pickups are given a small token release in a handful of theaters simply to justify calling it a "theatrical" feature.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2020 - 12:12 PM   
 By:   Dylan   (Member)

Here's Laurie Johnson's adaptation of Bernard Herrmann for the Main and End Titles of "It's Alive III: Island of Alive." It's a very good adaptation score as I recall (at least equal to "It Lives Again"), with some fine original material as well. I would be completely interested in a release.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2020 - 12:30 PM   
 By:   Jameson281   (Member)

Here's Laurie Johnson's adaptation of Bernard Herrmann for the Main and End Titles of "It's Alive III: Island of Alive." It's a very good adaptation score as I recall (at least equal to "It Lives Again"), with some fine original material as well. I would be completely interested in a release.

Herrmann's music is used mostly during the first 20 minutes or so; when the action shifts to the island where the mutants are growing up, it's mostly original stuff until the End Titles when the Herrmann theme returns. (I apologize for re-emphasizing that most of the score is original. It's just that since IT'S ALIVE II was mostly Johnson re-working Herrmann's music, people who haven't seen III might assume that it was just "more of the same", musically speaking.)

 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2020 - 12:50 PM   
 By:   Timothy J. Phlaps   (Member)

You lost me at "direct-to-video."

Yeah, 'cos everything in the theatres is SO MUCH BETTER.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2020 - 2:10 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

You lost me at "direct-to-video."

Yeah, 'cos everything in the theatres is SO MUCH BETTER.


Well, now that theatres are dead, it is admittedly a useless distinction.

But at the time this film was made (1987), "direct-to-video" was like a warning label.

Of course, lots of things were awful in 1987, including mainstream Hollywood films, music, fashion, architecture, and politics. So in retrospect, a direct-to-video film could not have been that much worse than anything else at the time.

David Lynch, Tom Waits, David Cronenberg, and indie films were the only things that got me through that most dreaded of decades.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2020 - 2:45 PM   
 By:   lacoq   (Member)

You lost me at "direct-to-video."

Yeah, 'cos everything in the theatres is SO MUCH BETTER.



Ha! Good One!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2020 - 7:37 PM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

Oops. I just remembered it playing a couple theaters! Happy to admit that I'm wrong -- gets easier with age.

 
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