Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) is a pivotal movie for me loving the horror genre and becoming a horror author. I was too young to see it when it first came out but kept it in the back of my mind. and was one of the first videos I picked when we got a video store with rentals. Even as a little kid, I wanted to know, especially after what I heard adults saying about it.
Paula E. Sheppard is amazing as Alice, and it’s interesting that she’s only been in two movies; this and Liquid Sky (1982). She reminds me of Christina Ricci in ways, and held the role strongly, giving great face with or without the mask. She’s a bully with a strange alter of random things she’s collected and has the tendency of disappearing.
Young Brooke Shields plays Karen Spages and doesn’t act much differently than she does in the Lazy Boy commercials; that’s fine, she’s made a little go a very long way. Karen is a very insignificant role, except for her murder, and that was amazing.
The twists in Alice, Sweet Alice still take me for a loop. While I’ve seen it countless times, it still blows me away. I wish movie makers would take more care with movies they make today and keep the tension strong throughout. This movie has no dull moments, it’s one thing after the other. I’m not asking for a remake of this or any other classic, I’m wanting them to put in more effort, and of course look at my books if they are wanting to make something spectacular.
Alice, Sweet Alice has so much amazing, it’s hard find anything wrong. I give it 5 out of 5 Stars.