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Alice Sweet Alice (1976)

Updated: May 13, 2022

This was a slasher before slashers got big. The hardest thing to believe here is that a 19 year old Paula E. Sheppard plays the 12 year old Alice. She is very believable as a snotty little girl, but sadly did not work in more than one other film. A translucent mask and yellow raincoat give this early rendition of a slasher an iconic but under recognised look. Woman and children are not safe from this spiritual, slender slasher as she stabs and cuts through her community. It was directed by Alfred Sole, who has been very active in Hollywood since the early seventies. There are some very memorable characters and lines that I will never forget. Plenty of religion, jealousy and preteen angst will leave you guessing who is behind the mask all the way up to the big reveal at the end. I give this a solid 7 out of 10. It is a very early slasher formula and is very unique. It is under appreciated and should be discussed more in underrated slasher conversations. I recommend it to anyone who likes a nostalgic scare.

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