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Alice Sweet Alice

Linda Miller , Mildred Clinton , Alfred Sole    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Paula Sheppard is Alice, a pouty, petulant problem child at that awkward age living with her precocious little sister Karen (Brooke Shields) and single mom. When Karen is murdered during her first communion and Alice takes her place in line, suspicion immediately falls on her. Then a diminutive killer in a yellow slicker and opaque mask continues the reign of terror, and Alice's estranged father takes up the investigation to prove her innocence. Director Alfred Sole has acknowledged a debt to Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now, but Alice, Sweet Alice is really in the Hitchcock mold, a stylish, smartly executed psychological suspense thriller. The violence is rarely graphic but often grueling and always harrowing, and the deaths reverberate through the film in genuine and sometimes hysterical outpourings of grief. Even when Sole reveals the killer's identity in a startling moment halfway through (à la Vertigo), the tension never lets up. The original title of the film, Communion, better captures the Catholic elements of guilt, sacrifice, and redemption that become central to the film (another tip to Hitchcock). Only a couple of grotesque caricatures (notably an obese pedophile landlord) and a few rough moments (largely special effects scenes, likely due to budgetary constraints) mar this otherwise intelligent and well executed thriller. The DVD also features an insightful commentary track by director Alfred Sole and editor Edward Salier and an alternate credits sequence (identical but for the film's title), as well as brief biographies and filmographies and a stills gallery. --Sean Axmaker

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ingenious Horror Film Feb. 23 2001
Format:VHS Tape
"Communion" is the better alternative title for this thoroughly enjoyable horror film. Don't expect to see much of the character of Brooke Shields, as she doesn't survive for very long! That's all I 'm saying about the plot, as this is a real whodunnit that should be enjoyed without prior warning. The real star of this movie is Paula Sheppard as the disturbed youngster Alice, who appears to be at the center of some very gruesome murders. It doesn't help that she likes to wander around in a bright yellow raincoat and spooky smiling mask, but that's just scratching the surface of this movie's weirdness..Gore highlights include a horrific stabbing through a staircase bannister which will make you wince, as well as a painful scene in which the murderer has to bash in the teeth of a victim who is biting down on a vital piece of incriminating evidence..ouch! All the acting is superb, including Linda Miller as the agonised mother, and Jane Lowry, I think as the bitchy aunt. The film really stands out because of the stylish direction and many twists, I really recommend a viewing. It has been compared to "Don't Look Now", but it reminds me more of Michael Winner's "The Sentinel", only better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Effective chiller! Aug. 15 2000
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Format:DVD
This is a suspenseful chiller in which a young girl may or may not be responsible for the murder of her younger sister (played by a very young Brooke Shields) and other aggravated mayhem. Alfred Sole directs with great style and creates some vivid imagery. The cast hams it up quite a bit but it all seems to work with the material. Paula Sheppard is particularly effective as Alice. She has wonderfully expressive eyes and manages to exude both pity and weirdness. Although the character of Alice is only 12 years old, Sheppard was 19 at the time the film was shot. The film has a couple of loop holes in it's script with supernatural references that are never fully explored. Having said that, this film joins other low budget horror films of the 60's and 70's (Dementia 13, Halloween, Carnival Of Souls, Texas Chainsaw Massacre) that showed how imagination and creativity produced quality products rather than the size of the budget. Sidebar: The DVD version of this film contains some really fascinating commentary by Alfred Sole as well as two other crew members. It's chock full of intresting anecdotes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Starts off Killer ---- Ends with a whimper Aug. 13 2000
Format:DVD
The DVD of ALICE SWEET ALICE is a decent presentation, but the print used is not one of the best. Many scenes have vertical scratch marks that sometimes last for over a minute and occur in some crucial scenes. The image itself is also not the sharpest, but it is satisfactory. Other than that, the DVD doesn't include a trailer, but instead has the alternate opening "Communion" credit sequence (the same as the ASA opening except for the title). Commentary track by director Sole is quite interesting, however.
The movie itself is a stylish little horror-mystery which is somewhat reminiscent of "Don't Look Now". Unfortunately, it starts off way better than it ends. The first hour is pretty excellent and full of thrills and twists....but as soon as the murderer is revealed, the movie really loses it. The final 30-40 minutes are very average and really hampered my opinion of this film. It's too bad, because it could have really been a great little horror film. As it is, it's still worth seeing and definitely NOT a waste of time, but if you want something as good as "Don't Look Now"...don't look here!
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5.0 out of 5 stars shocking...engossing....perfect..... March 28 2000
Format:VHS Tape
It took me over two years to give this film a chance. When I first saw this, I was the type of person who watched movies for entertainment and hated to be bored. Since taking up screenwriting, my opinions and taste have obviously changed, but let's not discuss that.
Made in the late 70's by director Alfred Sole, I wasn't so sure this film would be in my taste range. Seemed like another cheesy 70's slasher. After reading many positive reviews on the film, I decided to give it a shot, and was pleasantly surprised. The film is never boring and the suspense is terrific.
It starts off with a bang and ends the same way. Paula Sheppard plays Alice, a hot-headed and grumpy problem child who lives with her adorable little sister Karen, played by Brooke Shields, and single mom. When Karen is murdered during her first communion and Alice takes her place in line, suspicion immediately falls upon her as the murderer. Even her aunt begins to suspect Alice. This brings Alice's estranged father to town for an investigation to prove his daughter's innocence.
Meanwhile, the killer, wearing a yellow slicker and doll's mask continues the rein of terror, as he begins to target Alice's family.
This is not a typical slasher film as it mixes elements of Catholicism that become essential to the film. That doesn't really matter though, as the film is a terrific whodunit. You find yourself wondering if Alice really is the killer or not. Not trying to give anything away, the revelation truly is a shocking one, as are most of the death scenes in the film. Some of them are just so unexpected and very well done. The performances are also exceptionally wonderful, especially that of 19 year old Paula Sheppard who plays the 12 year old Alice.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Alice, Sweet Alice
Alice, Sweet Alice is an overall effective film.Yet at times it is extremely confusing or silly.The plot is fairly well written.The acting is let's say not the best. Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by Mac
1.0 out of 5 stars B Rated
I'm not sure exactly what people see in this film. Maybe it was a hype in the late 70's but there is nothing to it that made me go, "Ooh.. Ahh. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2004 by Savannah
5.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't Alfred Sole directing now?
This is one of those movies that gets under your skin and after its over makes you wonder why more movies like this havent been made. Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2003 by Jeremy Boettcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Sweet Alice...Sweet Sweet Karen!
ALICE (played beautifully by Obscure Cult Film Actress Paula Shepard) is a really odd child, truly demented...BUT...is she actually capable of these gruesome murders? Read more
Published on April 21 2003 by Sandi Strehlau
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites
When I was about 14 I saw this on tv I was fascinated by it. I later bought it on video and had to keep it hidden under my bed covered with clothes so it couldn't get me. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2003 by Katelin
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not be mislead.
...If you want a movie where people die stupidly (And mostly don't die at all.) and the revelation of the movie's killer is so off the wall and dorky. Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet
When I read reviews of this movie, I was greeted by two stars, which basically told me to skip it. However, I was curious, and I'm glad I bought it. Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars An odd thriller but Masterful Directed.
When a young beautiful but oddly disturbing (Paula E. Sheppard) might be the murderer, who has killed her sister (Brooke Shieds) in a communion from inside the Church. Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2002 by Christian Pelchat
4.0 out of 5 stars ALICE, SWEET ALICE!
Most people know about "Alice, Sweet Alice" because it marks the film debut of 12-year BROOKE SHIELDS! Read more
Published on Oct. 20 2001 by Michael Anthony Brenton
5.0 out of 5 stars Uhhh... BRAD, where are your brains?
I Know What You Did Last Summer came out a couple decades after Alice Sweet Alice and there is no similarity between the ASA mask and the mask in Halloween. Read more
Published on July 19 2001
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