“God always takes the pretty ones.”
When 10-year-old Karen (Brooke Shields) is murdered right before her first communion, everyone suspects her raincoat-clad, jealous older sister Alice (Paula Sheppard) — but is Alice really the killer?
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Evil Kids
- Murder Mystery
Response to Peary’s Review:
This cult murder mystery (notable as Brooke Shields’ debut film, though her part is small) is indeed “guaranteed to keep you tense”. Paula Sheppard is pitch-perfect in the title role, skillfully portraying a juvenile murder suspect who is either deeply misunderstood or deeply troubled; meanwhile, director Albert Sole effectively “uses the horror genre to attack Catholicism” (which does little, as Peary notes, to help its “confused, guilt-ridden, emotionally misunderstood church members”). Full of “offbeat touches and characters” — as well as many truly creepy scenes (who can forget the yellow raincoat?) — this is a surprisingly dense and satisfying horror flick.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Paula Sheppard as Alice
- Brooke Shields in her first silver-screen appearance (albeit a short one)
- Effective use of bleak New Jersey locales
- Quirky characters
- Many creepy scenes, and a surprise ending
- Stephen Lawrence’s atmospheric score
Yes, as a beloved ’70s horror flick.