Alice, Sweet Alice 1976

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After a young girl is brutally murdered during her first communion, her strange and withdrawn older sister becomes the main suspect.

Starring:
Linda Miller, Mildred Clinton
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Alice Sweet Alice

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  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring Linda Miller, Mildred Clinton, Paula E. Sheppard, Niles McMaster, Jane Lowry, Rudolph Willrich, Michael Hardstark, Brooke Shields
Director Alfred Sole
Genres Horror, Thriller
Studio LACE
Rental release 19 May 2008
Main languages English
Original title Communion

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nelson Viper on 7 Mar 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
On the day of her first communion Karen, Brooke Shields, is murdered by someone in a mask and yellow plastic raincoat. Suspicion soon falls upon her sister Alice, Paula Sheppard.

Creepy early slasher classic Alice Sweet Alice finally gets a decent release from 88 Films. There are one or two signs of age, but otherwise the picture quality is pretty good.

Alice Sweet Alice Aka Communion Aka Holy Terror is a way above average 70s slasher film that makes the most of it's New Jersey setting. Heavy doses of catholic imagery give the film a great morbid atmosphere of oppressive guilt with psycho sexual overtones. The killer owes a small debt to Don't Look Now, but the mask and knife point the way to later films. Paula Sheppard was 19 years old when the film was made and is great in the title role as the ambiguously motivated Alice.

Extras

Audio Commentary from the film's director Alfred Sole, editor Edward Salier and William Lustig, not credited on the case.

The original and misleading trailer for the film under the title Holy Terror which emphasizes Brooke Shields

Alternative title sequence for the same film as Communion

Stills Gallery

Booklet by Calum Waddell

Reversible cover with the original artwork

Trailer Park for other 88 Films releases.

The aspect ratio is 1:85.1
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Puzzle box on 12 Feb 2010
Format: DVD
This is a brilliant, original, thought-provoking horror movie that has festered in obscurity for some time. Despite a slew of alternate titles -- "Alice Sweet Alice" "Communion" and "Holy Terror" are but three-- it is still virtually unknown. This film revolves around Alice Spages, a 12 year old girl. She comes from a divorced, strict Catholic family, and her little sister, Karen played by a young Brooke Shields gets most of the attention, while Alice is sort of left in the dark. We get the idea that Alice might have some problems and you can surely tell she is jealous of her sister. Then on Karen's first holy communion, she is strangled to death and lit on fire in the church by someone wearing a yellow rain slicker and a creepy plastic mask. The police believe Alice had something to do with her sister's murder, and commit her as their target. Then, the mysterious person in the yellow rain slicker strikes again, this time stabbing Alice's Aunt while she's walking down the stairs of an apartment complex.

As more murders continue, we begin to question - could a 12 year old girl really be capable of murder? Or could it be someone else?. I don't think there has ever been anything like this film ever before and that it features an amazing newcomer, Paula E. Sheppard, in a chilling role as a deeply disturbed schoolgirl who may or may not be responsible for a slew of gory murders. Add to those a strong Catholic subtext and hints of child abuse and you've got one incredible ninety minutes of mental and physical mayhem.

Director Alfred Sole gives the viewer some heavy Catholic imagery throughout the film, contrasting it with the brutal events taking place. There is obviously much thought and detail put into the complex characters, as well as the complicated but intriguing plot.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Kasiewicz on 8 July 2003
Format: VHS Tape
AN underrated, unsettling tale of murder, suspicion and the macabre, this is a seminal horror film.
It focuses on 12-year-old Alice Spages (Paula Sheppard) who is accused of murdering her younger sister Karen (Brooke Shields) before her First Communion and then of viciously stabbing her Aunt Annie.
We view a masked killer in a yellow raincoat committing both acts and it seems obvious that Karen - who was the last person to see her sister - will be implicated as the perpetrator.
She is suspected due to problems at school, jealousy of her sister, resentment of her mother (whom she thinks favours Alice over her) and her generally odd behaviour.
Karen is questioned by police and named by her Aunt as the mystery attacker, however in its genuinely frightening conclusive stages, doubts gather as to the person who carried out both deeds. And although the person responsible is seemingly uncovered, an unforeseen climax suggests that any pre-conceived notions over the murderer's identity may have been unfounded.
It's absorbing viewing and although never positively unnerving until its latter half, Alice, Sweet Alice contains many distinctive characteristics.
The use of a religious setting and ecclesiastical imagery - which has faint echoes of both The Exorcist (1973) and in a way Rosemary's Baby (1968) - coupled with the surreal, gory nature of the killer's acts, does make for an unusually tense atmosphere.
Alice herself is a potent source of terror. Indeed it would not be an exaggeration to say that Paula Sheppard's chilling performance is redolent of Sissy Spacek's wonderfully scary display as Carrie in Brian De Palma's 1976 classic.
With her piercing eyes and fixed stare, she is monstrously creepy every time the camera focuses on her.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Doerfler on 5 July 2008
Format: DVD
Don't buy this thing! The picture quality is completely unacceptable, it looks like a YouTube video, not like a DVD.
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