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Director:
Writers:
Rosemary Ritvo (original screenplay) &
Alfred Sole (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 November 1976 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
If You Survive This Night... Nothing Will Scare You Again.
Plot:
After a young girl is brutally murdered during her first communion, her strange and withdrawn older sister becomes the main suspect. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Put that knife down. You might as well just use a crucifix. See more (98 total) »

Cast

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Linda Miller ... Catherine Spages
Mildred Clinton ... Mrs. Tredoni
Paula E. Sheppard ... Alice Spages (as Paula Sheppard)
Niles McMaster ... Dom Spages
Jane Lowry ... Aunt Annie DeLorenze
Rudolph Willrich ... Father Tom
Michael Hardstark ... Detective Spina
Alphonso DeNoble ... Mr. Alphonso
Gary Allen ... Jim DeLorenze

Brooke Shields ... Karen Spages
Louisa Horton ... Dr. Whitman
Tom Signorelli ... Detective Brennan

Lillian Roth ... Pathologist (as Miss Lillian Roth)

Patrick Gorman ... Father Pat
Kathy Rich ... Angela DeLorenze
Ted Tinling ... Detective Cranston
Mary Boylan ... Mother Superior
Peter Bosche ... Monsignor
Joseph Rossi ... Father Joe
Marco Quazzo ... Robert DeLorenze
Dick Boccelli ... Hotel Clerk
Ronald Willoughby ... Funeral Director
Sally Anne Golden ... Policewoman
Lucy Hale ... Church Soloist
Libby Fennelly ... Nun
Maurice Yonowsky ... Children Shelter Attendant
Beth Carlton ... Children Shelter Attendant
Drew Roman ... Policeman
Angelino Rocca ... Funeral Attendant (as Antonino Rocca)
Michael Weil ... Funeral Attendant
Leslie Feigen ... Doctor (as Leslie Feigen M.D.)

Directed by
Alfred Sole 
 
Writing credits
Rosemary Ritvo (original screenplay) &
Alfred Sole (original screenplay)

Produced by
Marc G. Greenberg .... associate producer
Richard K. Rosenberg .... executive producer
Richard K. Rosenberg .... producer
Alfred Sole .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Stephen Lawrence 
 
Film Editing by
M. Edward Salier  (as Edward Salier)
 
Production Design by
John Lawless 
 
Set Decoration by
Stephen Finon 
 
Costume Design by
Michelle Cohen 
 
Makeup Department
Barbara Battagliese .... hair stylist
Larry Panucci .... hair stylist
Anne Paul .... makeup artist
Karen Sole .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Rosemary Ritvo .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adrienne Hamalian-Mangine .... assistant director (as Adrienne Hamalian)
 
Sound Department
Dan Sable .... sound editor
Mark Salwasser .... sound
Larry Scharf .... boom operator (as Lawrence Scharf)
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recording supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Bruck .... electrician
Ralph Coleman .... electrician
Stanley Fejnas .... grip
John Friberg .... camera operator
Joseph Friedman .... assistant camera
Chuck Hall .... camera operator
Chris Hayes .... assistant camera
Gary Michelin .... camera loader
John Pascali .... grip
Johnnie Rogers .... key grip
William S. Scharf .... electrician (as William Scharf)
Richard Schwartz .... camera loader
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lenora Guarini .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
William S. Scharf .... assistant editor (as William Scharf)
Richard Schwartz .... apprentice editor
 
Other crew
Tim Baker .... production secretary
Daniel Bregman .... production assistant
Robert Burke Jr. .... assistant to producer
Mary Collins .... production assistant
Lori Cusack .... production assistant
Judy Gordon .... production assistant
Gerard Greeley .... religious advisor (as Father Francis Gerard Greeley O.S.F.)
Steven Hurewitz .... production assistant
Charles Parmelli .... technical advisor: City of Paterson
Tony Racco .... production assistant
Randy Rothenberg .... production assistant
Richard Schwartz .... production assistant
Marilyn Spages .... production secretary
Susan Thaler .... assistant to director
Ken Threet .... production assistant
Michael Weil .... production assistant
Elizabeth Weizenegger .... script supervisor
Murray Yedwab .... production accountant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Communion" - USA (original title)
"Holy Terror" - USA (cut version)
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Runtime:
98 min | Australia:106 min | USA:108 min (unrated version) | Spain:83 min | Argentina:108 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Father Tom drives a 1957 Ford Fairlane.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Mrs. Tredoni answers the door for Catherine at the rectory, the boom mic is visible in a mirror.See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Alphonso:[to Alice who has brought a rent check from her mother to him] Give me that check!
Mr. Alphonso:[Alice crunches the check in her hands as he grabs it] You little bitch! Look what you've done to this check!
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Movie Connections:
References The Hoodlum Priest (1961)See more »
Soundtrack:
Can't Help Lovin' Dat ManSee more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Put that knife down. You might as well just use a crucifix., 25 April 2007
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

When young Karen Spages is strangled and set on fire in a Catholic Church at her first communion, her disturbed older sister Alice is the central suspect, because of her jealously towards her. Her estrange father Dominick arrives in town for the funeral. Catherine her mother and Dominick believe Alice is an innocent victim, but when her Aunt Annie is attacked by someone in a yellow slicker and plastic doll mask, she believes it's Alice. The police take Alice in, where she tries to convince them that Karen is alive and stabbed Annie. And their lie detectors goes on to prove it. Dominick with the help of father Tom try their best to investigate just who might be behind the actual attacks.

Alfred Sole's effectively accomplished direction, atmospheric handling and astutely symbolic, psychological tampered plot really do go real long way to covering the flawed aspects of the commendable production. In what might have damage other films, only goes on to be a minor quibble here because there are so many glowing factors, which are amazingly pulled off for an impressive low-budget effort. This is one of my favourite 70's horror oddities, which breaths a fresh air in its premise's circuitously glum layout, an ominously nasty streak, purposely stinging jolts and being filmed on authentic locations in New Jersey.

What makes the unusually cunning and certainly unpredictable plot compelling, is that so much can be read from it, like it's penetrating thoughts on Catholicism too the prolific character developments involving the hardships of family life, but there's no lying about its true intentions, which did kind of got mingled with the baffling conclusion. Making repeat viewings a must, to pick up on those minor details. Some fundamental devices in the plot show up; the usual police investigation is the glaring one, but it never draws away from the main focus and adjustably installs itself into the material. There are some odd and eccentric characters written in also, which catch onto the emotional ride. Some might think the tension will evaporate, as just after halfway through the killer is unmasked, but the story's slow rising sinisterness early on eventually leads to a brooding intensity that actually seems to fester up, for the thrilling final third with one powerful conclusion to boot.

Sole does a vividly lucid job in the director's chair with moody imagery, creative viewpoints and uneasy composition, backed up by disquietingly stylish jolts timed with utter perfection. However in spots it can drag with it's deliberately slow pace and a densely thorough script, which can labour along. Maybe it was a tad too long. Also illustrating the film's disorienting air and unsettling suspense was John Freeberg's gracefully skilled cinematography and Stephen Lawrence's playfully chilling, but occasionally harrowing musical score, which expertly went hand-to-hand to craft out an overwhelming tenor. The killer goes around in a shiny yellow slicker, white gloves and the chilling doll mask they wear, actually gives me the creeps. The performances are noting to write home about and might be gauche in some cases, but there's no denying that the matchless Paula E. Shepherd is startlingly convincing as the creepy Alice. Linda Miller does exceptionally well as Alice's heart-aching mother Catherine and Niles McMaster brings a solidarity to his performance as Alice's stalwart father Dom. Jane Lowry can get fittingly overbearing as the haughty Aunt Annie and the unforgettable Alphonso DeNoble keeps it all vile as the grubby landlord. Even with the high billing that Brooke Shields receives, her debut performance is efficient and her death memorable, but not worth all the fuzz for only 15 minutes. Mildred Clinton, Rudolph Willrich, Michael Hardstark, Tom Signorelli, Lillian Roth and Gary Allen go on to give able support.

An uncomfortably staggering affair with many dimensions to its story and inspired craftsmanship by Sole and co, which go on to make it a very good unappreciated gem of the 70s.

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