Communion (1976, USA) C-107m. *** D: Alfred Sole. Starring Linda Miller, Mildred Clinton, Paula E. Sheppard, Niles McMaster, Brooke Shields. Tom Signorelli. Delightfully sordid murder mystery, set in a pious community, where cute but mischievous twelve-year-old Alice might just be responsible for the death of her sister (Brooke Shields, in her first film) during the ceremony of first communion. Slightly uneven chiller gets more and more intriguing as it gets along, with stylish direction and a creepy score (a Bernard Herrmann/Lalo Schifrin imitation by Stephen Lawrence). Especially interesting to film buffs, who will find elements of Hitchcock, De Palma and even Argento. Quite possibly the American thriller that comes closest to the Italian giallo. Written by Rosemary Ritvo and director Sole. Re-released as ALICE, SWEET ALICE in 1978, and HOLY TERROR (at 98m.) in 1981.

© Ron Altman