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Alice, Sweet Alice [DVD]
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When ten-year-old Karen (Brooke Shields in her first screen appearance) is killed in church on the occasion of her first communion, her seemingly innocent older sister Alice (Paula Sheppard) becomes the prime suspect. Matters become complicated as more of Alice s family members are attacked, along with residents of her apartment building. Can a twelve-year-old girl be capable of such mayhem, or is someone else with a vicious plan destroying her family?
All Region Codes, Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1 Transfer, Original Mono soundtrack, Audio Commentary by Director Alfred Sole and Film Editor Edward Salier, Alternative Communion Title Sequence, Stills Gallery, Trailer, Booklet Notes by Calum Waddell, Reversible Sleeve incorporating original art.
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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.
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
Booklet by Calum Waddell
Reversible cover with the original artwork
Trailer Park for other 88 Films releases.
The aspect ratio is 1:85.1
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
I must reiterate that I'm giving the five stars for the wonderful film. Its a great little thriller, very much like a giallo in style, with many twists and turns. The real standout performance comes from Paula E. Sheppard as Alice, a quite remarkable achievement for someone so young, delivering a performance of real moral ambiguity. Alphonse De Noble is also memorable as digusting paedophile neighbour Mr Alphonso.
The DVD release gets big fat zero, as its a very poor straight from video transfer. How do I know this? Well, on my old video tape of this film theres a scene where the audio track is out of sync with the action on screen. This is the case with this DVD too. The only the only difference is that I'm sure my old video was of superior picture quality. Please avoid this release at all costs, as its an insult to a film that deserves a lot better treatment. So 5 out of 5 for the film, 0 out of 5 for the DVD.
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A excellent and Creepy Horror that im happy to see has finally come out on DVD.Published 9 months ago by Mrs. D. Moncrieff
When her younger sister is murdered 12-year-old Alice is the prime suspect, soon others are attacked and murdered but is Alice responsible. Read morePublished 15 months ago by L.J.F.64
While it's a pity there's no blu-ray after years of awful,vhs like releases this new 88 films dvd finally gives this underrated gem the transfer it deserves. Read morePublished on 9 Mar. 2014 by John Deakin
88 Film's have finally given another underrated classic from the 70's a release that is deserves.
It now replaces the poor quality and cut import DVD that I have had for years... Read more
Like the other reviewers I wasn't impressed with the quailty of the print of the DVD so I bought the american(alice sweet alice) release wow I wish I didn't. Read morePublished on 1 Nov. 2009 by K. Maiden
So some one transfered their super 8 copy to DVD. lord this is a poor quality transfer. unwatchable. lets hope a proper company releases this super little film.Published on 9 Oct. 2008 by Andy B