Many have said they don't like or understand the ending. It was my favourite part of this movie, because it meant it was over. Dull beyond belief, with false chills and really bad performances. The story was half-baked and the film itself just didn't serve to be all that interesting in the end. It is creepy, but so is my neighbor, and I don't necessarily want to spend time with him. Better than this though. Peh.
If you can look past the stilted performances and questionable dialogue, which are kind of inevitable given the budgetary restrictions, then you may be pleasantly surprised by Alice, Sweet Alice. There's plenty of fresh ideas at play here backed up by an effective score and a strong central performance by Paula Sheppard that belies her young years. A better DVD release would do the cinematography some justice too.
No good mom, no good auntie, no good daughter, no good sister, no good dad, no good cop, no good priest & no good church for a no good slasher. And a pretty unsane anticlerical pamphlet. Reference to PSYCHO (at 1h 26min 36sec). The 2 stars go to naughty Brooke SHIELDS and fatso Alphonso DE NOBLE.
Gains suspense midway only to slowly drop towards the end. There is some perverse shit going down here as well as some argento-bavaesque shots. Giallo-fans will surely find something to enjoy in this movie. However, the high rating has more to do with mubi finally breaking the monotony of varda-reruns and whatever they can scrape together from the festival cycle.
this isn't a great movie. but it's creepy and gross and greasy and awkward. so: kinda perfect. like glittering garbage. just don't worry about it. enjoy the hysterical mother, the henpecked aunt, the pervy fatso and the shuffling yellow slicker with the waxy red smile. you deserve a break.
One of the best unsung horror films of the 70's. Taking the well-worn organized religion context to an unnerving extreme, it makes faith-based beliefs the motivator for the evil deeds and omnipresent judge of its characters. Subversive in its religious-attack literacy, effectively morbid, and taboo breaking, only the sometimes overplayed drama hurts it minimally. Ace, especially for the often-wretched slasher genre.