Alice, Sweet Alice (also known as Communion or Holy Terror) is a 1976 American slasher film co-written and directed by Alfred Sole, and starring Linda Miller, Paula Sheppard, and Brooke Shields in her film debut. The narrative focuses on a troubled adolescent girl who becomes a suspect in the brutal murder of her younger sister at her first communion.
The film premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival under the title Communion in November 1976, and was released theatrically as Alice, Sweet Alice in 1978. It was re-released a third time as Holy Terror in 1981, marketing upon the popularity of Brooke Shields after her notorious performance in Louis Malle's Pretty Baby (1978). In 1977 there was a book adaptation of the film titled Communion by Frank Lauria.
Alice, Sweet Alice received generally favorable reviews from critics upon release. Roger Ebert gave the film a positive review, stating: "Director Alfred Sole has a brilliant touch for the macabre and there are some splendidly chilling scenes," while US Magazine called the film a "superior modern Gothic thriller." AllMovie called the film an "eerie, effective chiller". Slant Magazine noted in their review of the film: "Possibly the closet American relation to an Italian giallo, the film is head-trippingly hilarious (Jane Lowry, as Aunt Annie, may be the nuttiest screamer in the history of cinema) and features some of the more disquieting set pieces you'll ever see in a horror film."