Alice Sweet Alice
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Alice, Sweet Alice
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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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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 morePublished on June 3 2004 by Mac
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 morePublished on Jan. 13 2004 by Savannah
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 morePublished on Nov. 19 2003 by Jeremy Boettcher
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 morePublished on April 21 2003 by Sandi Strehlau
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 morePublished on Jan. 21 2003 by Katelin
...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 morePublished on Oct. 8 2002
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 morePublished on Aug. 24 2002
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 morePublished on Jan. 17 2002 by Christian Pelchat
Most people know about "Alice, Sweet Alice" because it marks the film debut of 12-year BROOKE SHIELDS! Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2001 by Michael Anthony Brenton