Alice, Sweet Alice

Alice, Sweet Alice

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Director: Alfred Sole

Cast: Alfred Sole, Linda G. Miller, Mildred Clinton, Paula Sheppard

     
 

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The shockingly brutal murder of a little girl in a church where she was just about to receive her first Communion sets a strong tone for terror in this disturbing horror film. The prime suspect in the death of Karen Spages (Brooke Shields) is her sister, Alice (Paula Sheppard), who happily tormented Karen by donning a mask and a raincoat to scare her. Comforting the

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The shockingly brutal murder of a little girl in a church where she was just about to receive her first Communion sets a strong tone for terror in this disturbing horror film. The prime suspect in the death of Karen Spages (Brooke Shields) is her sister, Alice (Paula Sheppard), who happily tormented Karen by donning a mask and a raincoat to scare her. Comforting the grieving mother, Catherine Spages (Linda G. Miller), is her sister, Annie (Jane Lowry); local priest Father Tom (Rudolph Willrich); and Catherine's estranged husband, Dominick (Niles McMaster). Other characters include Father Tom's quirky housekeeper, Mrs. Tredoni (Mildred Clinton); a pair of detectives (Tom Signorelli, Michael Hardstark); and Catherine Spages' obese, cat-loving landlord (Alphonso De Noble). While the police investigation and all visual clues quickly point to Alice, director Alfred Sole manages to cast doubt on the killer's identity while the masked madman strikes several more times. About two-thirds of the way through the movie, Sole allows the viewer to see the killer. However, he smartly keeps his characters in the dark setting up a tense finale which culminates in yet another bloody slaying on holy ground before the lunatic is finally stopped. ~ Patrick Legare

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Brooke Shields made her film debut at age 12 in this eerie, effective chiller from director Alfred Sole. However, her role can be summed up in one word -- cameo -- as she is quickly and shockingly strangled and burned to death. The fact that her murder is set on the occasion of her first Holy Communion only further serves to set the stage for a horror film with strong Roman Catholic overtones that could easily have become an Exorcist rip-off. Fortunately, the script by Sole and Rosemary Rityo is a Hitchcock-flavored murder-mystery that sustains suspense throughout and provides a couple of great surprises. The question of who killed Shields and committed the subsequent murders is answered at an unexpected juncture, but rather than defusing the tension, the revelation actually keeps the viewer guessing. This sets up the film's final act, which is beautifully carried on the backs of several first-rate performances including Mildred Clinton, Rudolph Willrich, and Linda G. Miller. Shields is not on the screen long enough to leave an impression, but fellow child actress Paula Sheppard is solid as the malicious Alice and Alphonso De Noble is over-the-top, but unforgettable as the disgustingly obese landlord she torments. Early Hollywood star Lillian Roth appears in a small role as a pathologist -- her first film performance in more than 40 years. From a technical standpoint, the film stands out for its strong murder sequences (certainly an influence on the slasher film craze), as well as for Stephen Lawrence's spine-tingling music score. The camera work by John Friberg and Chuck Hall is excellent and perfectly capture the chilly feel of the film and its Paterson, NJ, locations.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2007
UPC:
0759731410724
Original Release:
1976
Rating:
R
Source:
Henstooth Video
Presentation:
[Colorized]
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
9,825

Special Features

Commentary by director Alfred Sole & film editor Edward Salier; Photo gallery; Letterboxed (aspect ratio 1.85:1)

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Linda G. Miller Catherine Spages
Mildred Clinton Mrs. Tredoni
Paula Sheppard Alice Spages
Niles McMaster Dom Spages
Rudolph Willrich Father Tom
Jane Lowry Aunt Annie DeLorenze
Alphonso de Noble Mr. Alphonso
Brooke Shields Karen Spages
Tom Signorelli Detective Brennan
Lillian Roth Pathologist
Antonino Rocco Funeral Attendant
Michael Hardstark Detective Spina
Gary Allen Uncle Jim DeLorenze
Louisa Horton Dr. Whitman, Psychiatrist
Patrick Gorman Father Pat
Mary Boylan Mother Superior
Dick Boccelli Hotel Clerk
Sally Anne Golden Policewoman

Technical Credits
Alfred Sole Director,Screenwriter
John Friberg Cinematographer
Chuck Hall Cinematographer
John Lawless Production Designer
Stephen Lawrence Score Composer
Rosemary Rityo Screenwriter
Rick Rosenberg Producer
Edward Salier Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Alice, Sweet Alice
1. Start [8:23]
2. Where You Going [8:07]
3. A Funeral [16:23]
4. Mr. Alphonso [8:56]
5. Is She All Right? [10:07]
6. The Rectory [9:43]
7. Could Be Angela [6:38]
8. The Meeting [7:23]
9. A Confession [8:57]
10. Strange Discovery [12:54]
11. Communion [7:22]
12. End Credits [1:28]

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Alice, Sweet Alice 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
think, a little girl Karen is receving communion and her older sister Alice is very jealous. then Karen is brutally murdered. and the prime suspect is Alice. this has to be one of the best slasher films i've ever seen!!!! it has suspense, some blood and jumpy parts!!! the mask is one of best effects of the movie because it has this realness to it and it is sooo freaky!!! but i give this movie a thumbs up!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Made in the 1970's but set in the early 1960's, this mystery thriller delivers on several levels. The time is the Kennedy years and this allows for the exploitation of all things Catholic, thus giving the film an opportunity for religious symbolism and oppression. It certainly works as a terrific little horror movie in the slasher genre. Humorous and grotesque characters fill out the roster for this very entertaining and well paced work.
sweetpeaVA More than 1 year ago
It's an old 70's horror movie but still holds up to what's out today.In fact better than some of the mess that's out today. I recommend if you have nothing to do on a Saturday afternoon just sit back and watch this movie you'll enjoy it, if your a fan of horror.If not at least you'll get a good nap.