A jealous 12 year old
child named Alice Spages (Paula E.
Sheppard) feels that she is not getting
attention for her family as her younger
sister Karen (Brooke Shields) seems to
get all of it and tries to scare her
family by wearing masks or acts
rebellious but none of this works.
During a communion at the St. Michaels
Church, Karen is strangled to death by
someone wearing Alice's mask as well as
wearing a St. Michaels yellow coat and
then burned to a crisp before her first
holy communian and ALice finds her dead.
Alice doesn't see eye to eye with her
Aunt Annie DeLorenze (Jane Lowry) and
ALice mouths off at her. Next, Annie is
stabbed numerous times in the leg by
someone in the outfit that murdered Karen
and accuses Alice for this and is sent to
an institution under the protest of her
parents and their friend Father Tom.
Alice's father Dominick Spages (Niles
McMaster) seeks evidences to prove the
innocence of Alice but can be looking for
a deadly consequence while doing so.
An impressive moment on two
dysfunctional siblings giving the film a
good start for when the terror happens.
We also have a good shot on putting her face near a picture of mother
Mary and putting her hand on it.
We spot some good shots on one of these siblings chasing after the other with her
wearing a mask in a big empty warehouse
and then taking off her
mask wearing another creepy mask and
getting aggressive towards her which
almost pychs you out.
We spot a good moment at a cathedral witha preacher named Father Tom performing a
ceremony and then a shot of a corpse there being dragged then being
lit on fire in a container as this delivers more shocks while spotting this as well as making the story mysterious.
There's a good scene with the brat Alice Spraggs dropping a glass of milk and her Auntie Annie DeLorenze getting aggressive and then Alice screaming in terror as well as acting
obnoxious with her Mom trying to tell her to stop being
disrespectful in which these scene's are
impressive making it
look like a convincingly dysfunctional family.
We spot a good shot on a lazy landlord Mr. Alphonso lying on a
couch with Alice peeking in
and then acting nasty towards him as well
as grabbing onto a cheque and getting
into a hissy fit about it. Alphonso comes up to her and
trying to pursue on molesting her which
looked pretty twisted and she does well
getting evil by grabbing a kitten of
his... well I won't get into that but this was hard to watch and I found this situation unnecessary.
There's a good shot on Annie walking down the stairs with a masked
killer bloodily stabbing her and she
screams in terror with good spinning
shots on the camera too.
We spot a good confrontation with Alice's mother Catherine getting intense with Annie in a hospital
room and a good close up on her with tears streaming down her face and
then going in hysterics.
There's a good discussion between Catherine with Alice in a psych ward
with a dysfunctional conversation which
looked disturbing too and fits in for an intense horror film like this.
We have a good moment with a character Dominic Spages looking around the
abandoned warehouse and walking up some
stairs with a surprise shot onwho the masked killer really is taking him by
surprise which was a great jumping
moment. We also see this maniac compulsively
whacking him with a rock which makes you
cringe as well as the mask
removed and going crazy while rolling him off the
top of the warehouse tied up.
Then it gets good when the final intense moments starts to happen which involved Alice as well as the scumbag Mr. Alphonso in which the situations looked pretty intense.
Bottom line is that this is a film that
reigned as a cult classic and horror
fantatics suggest to see. It's very
intense, disturbing for sure and
controversial at times with a scene of
animal cruelty I found very unneccessary
but well directed and incredibly
mysterious in many spots and borrowed
heavily from psychological horror flicks
Just imagine having a dysfunctional
family and imagine if your child was
rambunctious enough to kill is every
family's nightmare. It totally psychs you
out or imagining when you were that age
and disrespected your elders to the point
you possibly could be evil as it doesn't
give you a good feeling at all.
However, the film doesn't really go
anywhere and pick up the pace. The film
isn't overly terrible but not that good
either. Watch it if you're in the mood
for an average film as that's all it is
but many of you may disagree with me.
The acting is very
passable as lead actress Linda Miller (Catherine Spages) shows a good sane attitude trying to be
strong about stuff as well as having good
intensity for the other scene's and nice
crying emotions. She proved to be very
versatile with her part in the film.
Paula E. Sheppard (Alice Spages) really came across
well as a nasty brat and suspect in the
film as Alice and really made her actions
very disturbing and evillike too making
you really wonder if she is a
bloodthirsty killer in the film.
Mildred Clinton (Mrs. Tredoni) totally brought a
mysterious part in her role acting very
calm and then getting crazy like a
maniac. Another drawing card to the film
and she made sure she pulled it off well.
Her energy was at a perfect and intense pace.
Jane Lowry (Aunt Annie DeLorenze) really brought her
attention to the audience as well with
her bitchy and nagging attitude in the
film who knew how to really act disturbed
along with great crying emotions totally
losing it when she needed to bringing a great intensity here.
DeNoble (Mr. Alphonso) really stood out in his
supporting role as a slobby overweight
type of a resident in the film and knew
how to act creepy too.
There's are many
bloody stabbings with the victims in the
chest, leg and neck
We have many sliding violin
noises as well as the screechy music in a Psycho like fashion when
there's certain moments for the terror
like the bloody stabbings plus we have
some low music too for the mysterious
moments. There's a nice little chant for
the closing credits to top it all off all
done by Stephen Lawrence.
Annie DeLorenze: She's dead! Karen's
dead! She's dead! Karen's dead!
Annie DeLorenze: Angela, stop eating!
Haven't you had enough? Jim, help me
clean up this mess. You don't need that
Alphonso: Psst. Where are you going?
Alice Spages: None of your
Mr. Alphonso: Uh, I'm not feeling
well and stores don't deliver on Sundays.
[he makes fake coughing noises]
Mr. Alphonso: How would you like
to go to the store for me, please?
[Alice walks off]
Mr. Alphonso: That little bitch.
Spages: There's so much junk around
this filthy place, I bet you never clean
it. It smells like cats' piss.
Alphonso: [about Karen's funeral]
I heard everyone leave. It's all over,
huh? Well, you die and they put you in
the ground. Such a shame. Such a pretty
girl too. Too bad she was the one to end
up in the box.
Alice Spages: My mother thought
you could use some cake, fatty.
[hands him cake]
Mr. Alphonso: Thank your mother
for me. Such a lovely lady. God always
takes the pretty ones.
Alphonso: [to Alice who has
brought a rent check from her mother to
him] Give me that check!
Mr. Alphonso: [Alice crunches
the check in her hands as he grabs it]
You little bitch! Look what you've done
to this check!
Spages: [about her ex-husband]
I don't know why I'm so worried. I just
can't imagine where he could be.
Mrs. Tredoni: Maybe you are afraid
that God will send St. Michael to take
another of your loved ones. When St.
Michael took my little girl, I only
thought of how cruel God was.
Catherine Spages: Mrs. Tredoni,
I'm sorry. I never knew you had a little
Mrs. Tredoni: God took her from me
on the day of her first communion, don't
you see? He waited until then to teach me
that children pay for the sins of their
parents. And then I was sent here to look
after Father, not you!
[points butcher knife at catherine]
Tredoni: [accusingly to priest]
But you give it to the whore!