Alice, Sweet Alice

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In Brief: Most frequently referenced as the screen debut of a young Brooke Shields, writer-director Alfred Sole's 1976 religiously-themed proto-slasher Alice, Sweet Alice has justifiably built a cult following on the basis of its other merits — namely, a uniquely giallo-esque aesthetic heavily indebted to Hitchcock, Michael Powell's Peeping Tom and Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now. The film's heavily atmospheric sense of unrelenting dread and effective management of tension place it amongst the best horror films of its day, and well ahead of most slasher movies that would follow. Originally released under the title Communion, the film was doing well until Shield's breakout success in Pretty Baby led to a new title and marketing campaign, one which left audiences perturbed when the starlet they had come to see was killed off in the first act. Sole would only direct two forgettable features (including a soft core adult flick starring Vanity and an ape) before going on to a successful career as a TV production designer, leaving only Alice to suggest the brilliant directorial output that might have been.
Genre: Horror
Director: Alfred Sole
Starring: Paula E. Sheppard, Linda Miller, Mildred Clinton, Niles McMaster, Jane Lowry, Rudolph Willrich, Michael Hardstark, Alphonso DeNoble, Garry Allen, Louisa Horton, Tom Signorelli, Brooke Shields
Rated: R

The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen Alice, Sweet Alice Thursday, Feb. 2, at 9:15 p.m. at The Grail Moviehouse, hosted by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.


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