Alice, Sweet Alice, also known as Holy Terror and Communion, is a 1976 slasher movie which stars Brooke Shields in her first film role. It has been given a very good transfer by 88 Films, and it is a movie that I am very glad to add to my horror blu ray collection.
The story opens with 10-year-old Karen (Shields) being horrifically killed in church during the occasion of her first holy communion. Her older sister, Alice (Paula Sheppard), who seems to be the epitome of sweetness and innocence, becomes the prime suspect in the murder investigation.
The situation soon escalates into a nightmarish scenario as more members of Alice’s family, along with residents of her apartment building, are vicioiiusly attacked by a masked, knife-wielding killer in a yellow raincoat (shades of Don’t Look Now here).
This gripping grindhouse classic really has you guessing throughout, as you wonder if a twelve-year-old girl can really be the psychotic killer who is behind all these bloody slayings. I always love a bit of mystery added to my slasher movies, as it really enhances the plot giallo style.
Extras on this 88 Films release include an audio commentary by Director Alfred Sole and Editor Edward Salier, the original trailer, TV spot, poster and home video artwork.
If you are a big fan of 70s horror movies, especially ones involving killer kids, then I am sure you will enjoy Alice, Sweet Alice. I certainly did.
By Alan Toner