Action / Horror / Thriller
Action / Horror / Thriller
After accidentally knocking her best friend off a roof, Alyce is haunted by guilt and delves into a brutal nightmare wonderland of sex, drugs and violence, her mind tearing itself apart along with anyone else who gets in her way.
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Into the abysmal maw.
Carole and Alyce are young, urban women and very close friends. Each of
them is having a bad day.
Alyce is socially obscure and on the brink of losing her job and home,
while the enviable Carole finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on
her with other girls. Looking to take the edge off, the young women
drink plenty of wine then go to Carole's drug dealer for some
spirit-lifting ecstacy. Afterwards, they go to the 4th/5th floor roof
of Alyce's apartment building, becoming more intoxicated and goofing
around. Carole climbs onto the ledge of the roof, and Alyce runs up to
prank-scare her. Carole tragically falls off the roof. Realizing what
has happened, a distraught and foggy-headed Alyce returns to her
apartment certain that her coveted best friend is dead. After officers
come to question her, she discovers that Carole has barely survived the
incident but is critically injured and disfigured.
Alyce is quickly consumed by overwhelming guilt, and begins
experiencing ghostly hallucinations about her friend. She turns to the
very substances that led to the accident for "comfort", and one drug is
rapidly replaced by even stronger drugs. With a sociopathic drug dealer
administering his special brand of social philosophy as her only
connection to others, she changes. No longer the guilt-ridden depressee
she was, she reveals herself as something depraved, cold and sinister.
The first half of this story could be viewed as a simple cautionary
tale. But just as the primary character transforms, so does the whole
story. It is difficult to categorize the film because the genre is
constantly evolving the shifting.
This film is not what is presents itself to be initially, and neither
is the lead character. What emerges is a gruesome, cold-blooded killing
spree and complete madness. Three characters who are likely targets for
the killing spree are spared, while others are indiscriminately
slaughtered. I'm not sure of the reasoning. One character is hacked to
bits and ground into mush, but I see the reasoning behind the action.
The main casts acting was convincing enough to earn credibility,
thought was put into characters and their development. Buckle up and
enjoy this dark ride!
7.5. Original and intriguing!
the downward spiral
Alyce is a strange kind of flick. It isn't that easy to say what kind
of genre this really is. It starts as a normal flick that changes into
a ghost story to turn into a mobster kind of story and finally in pure
Jay Lee, the director already made a few horrors like The Slaughter
(2006) and the much more known Zombie Strippers! (2008). So he clearly
knew his stuff. But this time the flick doesn't start immediately with
horror. The first 20 minutes you really get to know the two main
characters, Alyce (Jade Dornfield) and her best friend Caroll ( Tamara
Feldman as seen in Hatchet). But Alyce is the ice queen and doesn't
like what she is seeing. After becoming very dark she pushes her best
friend off the wall by accident. Thinking she's death she informs the
police what happened with a lie. But then the police tells her her best
friend isn't death. From there on Alyce becomes paranoid (the ghost
part) and do needs drugs like she used to take with Caroll. While
taking drugs she's really losing her mind and goes berserk. Once that
happens this flick turns into a pure gory horror. And by that I mean
that it isn't for the easy offended or the squeamish. Gore hounds will
love the last part of Alyce. But by going over the top with the gory
parts it even comes close to comedy. The way Alyce reacts is sometimes
a bit funny.
On part of the gore the effects used are sublime. It really becomes
messy. And just have a look at the faces being hurt, it really looks
like the real stuff. Sadly by being a slow starter and dropping a bit
down in the middle of the flick I can't say that I recommend it to the
gorehounds. They just have to watch the final.
Jade Dornfeld did an excellent job here. She's really believable. I
must say that I loved this more then Zombie Strippers! because you keep
watching and really want to know what is going on with Alyce. But the
problem is that the distribution of Alyce wasn't that good. It was out
on the shelves for a while but didn't had any promo in specialized mags
and nowadays it is almost unfindable in the shops but do search it on
the web. It's worth your money. This was a big surprise for a horror
buff like me.
Gore 4/5 Nudity 1/5 Effects 4/5 Story 3/5 Comedy 1/5
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Fun Horror/Thriller with Some Comedy
Stop watching, rating and reviewing horror films unless you are a fan
of the genre! As a general rule, I always assume a horror film is good
if it gets at least a five on IMDb. That's because you can assume most
of the people rating it don't like horror, so the low ratings from the
anti-horror raters are balanced out by the higher ratings from those of
us who appreciate it. This is a wonderful turn on the psycho-killer
sub-genre. Alyce is an attractive, somewhat withdrawn young woman who
pretty much leads her life as an extension of her best friend with whom
she obviously has more than a "friendly" attraction. After an evening
of partying and drug use, she accidentally pushes her best friend off
of a roof prompting her descent into depravity. She is obviously
unbalanced from the first scene, so it is extremely believable that she
is pushed over the edge herself after losing her best friend at her own
hand. The rest is grisly, morbid fun. Jade Dornfeld is excellent, sexy,
and extremely plausible as the crazy girl who is suddenly a drug
addict, prostitute, necrophiliac, and killer all at once while
developing a new sense of self-confidence. Definitely a 7 out of 10 - a
must for horror fans.