“ALICE, SWEET ALICE” remake grabs “COLD CASE” star; director talks
Fans of the cult favorite ALICE, SWEET ALICE (a.k.a. COMMUNION and HOLY TERROR) have a reason to dust off their yellow raincoats, as a lead actress has joined the impending remake of the enduring slasher film.
In an interview at The Inquisitr, director Dante Tomaselli reveals that COLD CASE star Kathryn Morris will take the role of Catherine Spages (originated by Linda Miller), mother to the ambiguously malevolent title character. Morris will also produce the film through her production company Revival House, alongside Mosaic Media Group. Tomaselli will direct the redux, which he previously discussed here, from a script he wrote with FANGORIA’s own managing editor Michael Gingold.
The filmmaker, whose credits include DESECRATION, SATAN’S PLAYGROUND and the upcoming TORTURE CHAMBER, pledges to do right by ALICE’s fans, telling the site, “I don’t want to stray too far from the original’s main ingredients, that’s what fills me with passion. This is a faithful remake, but there are definitely new twists in the script. The original is a disorienting mystery and I aim to retain its mysteriousness, even for those who know the original by heart. There’s an elusive, ethereal quality to the original. You never know what’s around the corner.”
Of Morris, whose credits also include MINDHUNTERS and MINORITY REPORT, Tomaselli says, “She’s like a chameleon—totally versatile. Slips right into a role… In keeping with the spirit of the original, Kathryn’s character will look and feel similar, strikingly beautiful, perfectly sculpted dark hair, fiercely protective of her children and plagued by deep Catholic guilt.”
Tomaselli—whose cousin, original ALICE director Alfred Sole, is also involved in the redux—will score the new film as well, and hopes to bring aboard the first movie’s stars Brooke Shields and Paula Sheppard in cameo roles. Tomaselli is currently casting the role of Catherine’s husband, Dominic, and adds, “Finding the right Alice will be a mission.” His and Gingold’s script moves the action from the 1960s to the ’70s, though he promises that the story will resonate with current viewers. “It’s the human element in ALICE, SWEET ALICE that really draws you in. And all its layers. It’s an emotionally charged horror film that deals with family love, sickness, jealousy, guilt and murder. I believe everything here is totally relatable for modern audiences.”