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Alice, Sweet Alice (Communion) Reviews

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August 29, 2016
One of the creepiest slasher movies ever made! The excellent atmosphere and score make this a true classic.
August 20, 2016
Yes, yes, yes!!! what a sweet girl. I absolutely love this flick, the score also adds to the creep factor. Catholic church beware!!! Sugar and spice are suppose to be what makes little girls nice...this one must have had sewage, with a twist of the devil..such a great flick. The landlord, Mr Alfonso, is a very uncomfortable character to watch as well . with all the blinders on no one sees what you think you see. Twisted turns are delicious!
½ July 21, 2016
The film's dark gothic tone sets a mood of sheer dread that's immediately effective and disturbing.
½ May 2, 2016
In Alice Sweet Alice, the director wants you to believe that the crazy little girl named Alice is a killer. After all, the killer wears her mask and her clothes and even has an item that should've been on the dead body. But then...there's a big twist-one that is interesting, but doesn't completely add up. And like most horror films, not knowing the killer's motivation can sometimes be more satisfying, which would probably be best for this film.
April 4, 2016
One of the lost gems of 70s horror...In
my opinion one of the films that affiliate a strongly Italian giallo atmosphere...!
½ March 27, 2016
It's alright. The acting is among the worst I've ever seen, particularly from their crazy landlord. It's never that scary (despite the creepy mask) and seems strangely unrealistic in its presentation of grief.
½ February 18, 2016
I didn't have high hopes for this, as this era of horrors is generally pretty weak. This wasn't too bad though, the performance of the girl playing Alice was particularly impressive. This is more of a mystery than a horror by today's standards though.
½ January 24, 2016
Forgotten masterpiece of 70's horror. Remembered only for the first roll of a young Brooke Shields, who plays the sister of the title character.
January 22, 2016
I don't get the hype with this movie
½ January 19, 2016
Odd little movie. Pretty giallo-like.
½ January 15, 2016
Brooke Sheilds marks her film debut here
December 28, 2015
Loved it: Religion as the monster and kind of like a Mario Bava movie.
November 24, 2015
Good old 70's thriller with recognizable atmosphere of horror.
October 20, 2015
Horrendously dated, and quite frustrating to sit through, Alice, Sweet Alice (aka Communion) is a slasher that has a lot of promise, but the brutally slow pacing and completely unlikable characters let it down in a big way. The plot kicks into gear after our main character, Alice's sister is horrifically murdered at their first communion and all eyes are on Alice as the main suspect; then it becomes a whodunit-lite mystery that never goes anywhere and the reveal of the killer is ridiculous. The film takes clear inspiration from Dario Argento's, Suspiria and the Giallo film style, but apart from the vibrant yellows of the raincoats and creepy-as-hell mask, there's not much to look at with the grainy photography polluting your eyes. The presence of the killer is unsettling due to the very memorable mask, but the filmmakers play the ultimate cheat card and have the reveal of the killer being someone who can't fit into the shoes of the killer we'd seen on screen previously and the whole thing falls apart. There are some interesting moments of violence, especially for a film with so many religious tones, but it is a great big bore that is way too long for the story they were trying to tell and is another example of an older horror movie that ACTUALLY could benefit from a remake!
½ May 2, 2015
A little girl is strangled at her first communion and her sister Alice is the pri, e subject. Good acting. Not a fan of the ending.
½ February 21, 2015
I can remember first seeing the image of a girl in a yellow raincoat wearing a translucent mask and thinking it was one of the creepiest things I had ever seen. I was very curious to finally watch the film that contained this frightening image. Alice, Sweet Alice starts off very shocking and very dramatic in the first half. The story of a young girl suspected of having murdered her younger sister during first communion was horrifying and at times difficult to watch. Unfortunately the plot deviates from that storyline and the movie loses most of it's emotional resonance and becomes yet another silly slasher film. The first half of the film works well but is unfortunately undone by the uninteresting plot twists.
February 9, 2015
Alice, Sweet Alice is a very unusual slasher film, especially one that seems to be rather intelligent at certain points, which is very unexpected. It was also a rather controversial slasher film, especially with some deeming it to be "anti-Catholic" because of its subject matter and themes. These aspects alone make a viewer curious about watching the film, and I wasn't disappointed, that's for sure.

The story is set in the 1960's and begins with two sisters who are basically polar opposites of each other. Karen is the younger good girl preparing for her first communion, while Alice is seen as the troublemaker and sparks the ire of her mother, their school, and the congregation. Alice, being the older sister, also enjoys picking on her sister and their obese landlord, making her many enemies in the process.

During the church service before the communion, Karen is attacked and murdered by someone wearing a porcelain mask and a yellow raincoat who then stuffs her body into a box and lights it on fire.

After the killing and before the smoke is detected, the congregation is baffled to see Alice take a spot in front of Father Tom for the communion even though she wasn't participating in it. And, as her mother goes to retrieve her and question her, the fire is detected and the horrific crime scene is discovered.

The crime shocks the congregation and the family is crushed by Karen's murder. The family also becomes divided about Alice, with some wondering if she had something to do with her sister's murder, while the others vehemently defend her and saying that she had nothing to do with it.

Things only continue to get frightening as more people turn up dead or are attacked by the unknown assailant, and Alice's mental condition deteriorates with the cloud of suspicion surrounding her and her claims that Karen is haunting her. Everyone is a suspect and no one is safe.

The story, while messy at times, is still very engaging, which is very uncommon in slasher films as most slasher films can only really be enjoyed on the basis of trashy, stab-a-thon fun as opposed to their nonsensical storytelling. What makes the story so engaging is not only because of how it develops its mystery, but also how it deconstructs religion and the hypocrisy of people who claim to follow their religion, as they turn out to be some of the most evil, hateful people imaginable. It also shows the extremes some people will go to punish those whom they deem as "sinful" through abhorrent acts. It's a vicious, pitch black, satirical gut-punch to religious hypocrisy, and it does a fantastic job at satire.

While it works on a satirical level, the story also does a great job at building its core mystery. You think you know what's going to happen, only to have the story completely turn the tables on you by throwing a curve ball at you. There's a lot going on to decipher. The horror is also filled with suspense and creepy atmosphere to complement the mystery elements.

It also works as a family drama, because it shows the straining of relationships, parental bonds with their children in the worst of times, and the painful parts of parenthood. In short, the story has a lot going on, which is very surprising for a slasher film.

The acting in this film can be rather hit-or-miss, as well as suffer from some dialogue pitfalls. However, I really enjoyed the performances by Linda Miller, as the mother, Catherine, Niles McCaster as the father, Dom, and Paula E. Sheppard as Alice who easily deliver the best performances in the film. However, the other actors can be rather cheesy, which does hamper the film's storytelling and atmosphere by taking away some of the mystique in the process.

On an entertainment level, I found there was a lot to enjoy, not just on a trashy slasher film level, but also on an intellectual level with all its themes and messages. This made for a very engaging and entertaining film that also came with all the trimmings of bloody violence and demented scenes that I enjoyed and would expect from such a film of its era. It's got horror, mystery, suspense, campy fun, biting satire, and more.

While the storytelling and acting can be cheesy, the film is still worth a look if you're a horror fan looking for something unusual and strangely intelligent. It's a wonderful, albeit messy and slightly aloof cult classic that is also a hell of a lot of fun to watch.
January 16, 2015
An unappreciated classic of the slasher genre.
November 29, 2014
Alice Sweet Alice is now a cult classic chiller. A have a few good things to say about this movie: First thing is the quality. Not the best, but the color, the camera and the tone of the film is well done although the tone of this movie is very slow. Another thing is the killer. A disturbing doll mask on the face of a killer; All that with a yellow raincoat. For a slasher movie, there isn't as many deaths and the gore is rather light but still scary. Another thing is the killer's identity and the filming and also the film's very religious theme. Even all that and the fact that it has Brook Shields in it, Alice Sweet Alice has never gotten that much fame like other slashers. The movie is also considered as being a underrated film of the genre. A small 340,000 dollars as the budget yet it's box office is unknown. This film' style is similar to the Italian Gallio genre.
Super Reviewer
½ November 11, 2014
Very heavily influenced by "Don't Look Now" and about as gory as any slasher film, "Alice, Sweet Alice" is one of the lost gems of seventies' horror. The film features a masked killer, who we come to believe is a young girl named Alice. Throughout the film her family members are harmed, and it seems that she is the culprit. Alice is certainly unstable, as she witnesses violence, she mouths off to the overweight, pedophilic landlord without fear of reprimand, and she threatens her aunt. This thriller balances between the slasher genre and the psychological thriller, as we try to piece together just who the killer is, whether Alice can be stopped, and who is the next person to be killed. Filled with seriously gruesome deaths, this film is really interesting, though it's a bit longer than need be. The only complaint is that there's a lot of overacting from everyone in the cast, and the motive of the killings isn't exactly clear or sensical.
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