The Davenport Mansion was once a higher-class brothel, exactly where a young girl named Alice committed suicide. In the present day, 20-some thing Joe Davenport (Juan Riedinger, Jennifer’s Body) has inherited the mansion. He and his buddies throw a celebration to celebrate, with a number of stunning girls invited. Joe’s pal Michael (Aaron Massey, Red Sleep) is shocked to learn the females are prostitutes, only to kind an unlikely friendship with one. As the evening progresses, the ghost of Alice appears and she is not happy.
When I read the pitch, “haunted brothel,” I settled in for some super-sleazy exploitation movie entertaining. The Haunting of Alice D has a lot more on its thoughts, even so. Settle in for an examination of why and how women turn out to be prostitutes, what sort of guys are their clients, prostitution’s place in society, and so on. All this is a good conversation to have, but I do not know if a low-budget haunted home film is the correct spot to have it. The movie then pulls out the “nice guy who rescues a woman from prostitution” trope, which is hugely troublesome for a lot of causes, and appears to go against other points the movie is producing.
Since the film is concerned with the larger picture, there’s not a lot of character development. Aside from good guy and the heart-of-gold hooker, the remaining characters are all wild partiers with small to distinguish themselves. Horror fans will be disappointed to learn that the ghostly Alice does not do significantly, placing in only a couple of appearances. Similarly, horror legend Kane Hodder of the Friday the 13th and Hatchet franchises is in this, but only in a swift cameo. What is a lot more, the whole film is filmed with a filter for a grainy, sepia-toned look, which is fairly difficult on the eyes after a even though.
The silver lining here is the flat-out exceptional score, from composer Carlos Vivas (Never ever Open the Door), which is rich, melodious, and powerful. The music is better than the film, making me want to switch off the DVD and just put the soundtrack on a loop.
The DVD’s video high quality is a little hard to evaluate as the grain and washed out colors are intentional. No complaints about the sound, which has clean dialogue and makes the most of the lush score. There are no extras.
Someplace in the guts of The Haunting of Alice D, there is possible for either a thought-provoking drama or a creepy ghost story, but the resulting film ends up becoming neither.