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Communion

Language:

English   Country: USA   Year: 1976

Communion
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Director:

Alfred Sole

Starring:

Linda Miller

Genres:

Horror

Synopsis:

Members of a Caholic church die bloody. Brooke Shields has a minor role.

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(Average=4.04 out of 5; Total Number=25)


Why Isn't Alfred Sole Directing Now? (rating=5)

This is one of those movies that gets under your skin and after its over makes you wonder why more movies like this havent been made. Without giving too much away, this chilling movie is about linda miller and her family being stalked by a killer. and after several of them are killed it just may well be one of their family being the killer!Linda miller, and paula sheppherd especially did a great job and that creepy music you cant get out of your head. i have watched this several times and like it better each time i watch it. each time you watch it you also notice several things you didnt notice before. and if you watch closely you can catch who the killer is. Recommended highly! i read somewhere that they are making Alice Sweet Alice 2. i hope its as good as this!

Ingenious Horror Film (rating=5)

"Communion" is the better alternative title for this thoroughly enjoyable horror film. Don't expect to see much of the character of Brooke Shields, as she doesn't survive for very long! That's all I 'm saying about the plot, as this is a real whodunnit that should be enjoyed without prior warning. The real star of this movie is Paula Sheppard as the disturbed youngster Alice, who appears to be at the center of some very gruesome murders. It doesn't help that she likes to wander around in a bright yellow raincoat and spooky smiling mask, but that's just scratching the surface of this movie's weirdness..Gore highlights include a horrific stabbing through a staircase bannister which will make you wince, as well as a painful scene in which the murderer has to bash in the teeth of a victim who is biting down on a vital piece of incriminating evidence..ouch! All the acting is superb, including Linda Miller as the agonised mother, and Jane Lowry, I think as the bitchy aunt. The film really stands out because of the stylish direction and many twists, I really recommend a viewing. It has been compared to "Don't Look Now", but it reminds me more of Michael Winner's "The Sentinel", only better.

Alice, Sweet Alice (rating=2)

Alice, Sweet Alice is an overall effective film.Yet at times it is extremely confusing or silly.The plot is fairly well written.The acting is let's say not the best.The plot goes like this a little girl is killed on her Communion and her sister is suspect.(SPOILERS)The costume isn't to bad, but I was so confused when the priest's housemother was the killer.A few of the death scenes were good for the film.One of the most confusing things about the film is the last shot.If anyone understands it please explain.Towards the end though I started to doze off.If you are younger you will probably be more scared than the older people.In conclusion if your looking for an old type horror that doesn't have to many scares you will probably enjoy this film.


Summary

Paula Sheppard is Alice, a pouty, petulant problem child at that awkward age living with her precocious little sister Karen (Brooke Shields) and single mom. When Karen is murdered during her first communion and Alice takes her place in line, suspicion immediately falls on her. Then a diminutive killer in a yellow slicker and opaque mask continues the reign of terror, and Alice's estranged father takes up the investigation to prove her innocence. Director Alfred Sole has acknowledged a debt to Nicolas Roeg'sDon't Look Now, butAlice, Sweet Alice is really in the Hitchcock mold, a stylish, smartly executed psychological suspense thriller. The violence is rarely graphic but often grueling and always harrowing, and the deaths reverberate through the film in genuine and sometimes hysterical outpourings of grief. Even when Sole reveals the killer's identity in a startling moment halfway through (à laVertigo), the tension never lets up. The original title of the film,Communion, better captures the Catholic elements of guilt, sacrifice, and redemption that become central to the film (another tip to Hitchcock). Only a couple of grotesque caricatures (notably an obese pedophile landlord) and a few rough moments (largely special effects scenes, likely due to budgetary constraints) mar this otherwise intelligent and well executed thriller. The DVD also features an insightful commentary track by director Alfred Sole and editor Edward Salier and an alternate credits sequence (identical but for the film's title), as well as brief biographies and filmographies and a stills gallery.--Sean Axmaker