Perhaps we all know crazy people. They may be our family, our friends, most certainly our coworkers…but Alice is a completely different kind of crazy. She is the kind of crazy with which you desire absolutely no contact. None. Ever. She’s been crazy for always. Bad crazy. She’s quiet, odd, socially awkward and she washes her dishes in a bloody sink next to the bloody iron on her countertop. I know what you’re thinking—that is exactly the kinda girl you want to go drinking with! And that’s why her new coworkers, Abigail and Megan invite her. Now Alice may be crazy, but she’s certainly not rude. She calls her boyfriend, lets him know what’s going on. He’s fine with it, laying there, shackled, with duct tape and a big ol’ iron burn on his chest.
Abigail lives with her boyfriend Alex, so she understands all about boyfriends. Which is why she feels the need for a fidelity test. Alice is on board. She’s a solid part of this plan, having just broken up with her boyfriend. (All her left behind was the nastiest, crustiest stained mattress you ever saw. So sad.) So, Megan makes the call and Alice meets up with Alex at a park, pretending to be his secret admirer. Alex, despite his poorly conceived haircut, catches on pretty quick. He knows Abigail is watching, so he walks Alice out of the park and offers to drive her home. Really, he should have made a different decision entirely.
In spite of her painfully uncomfortable interactions with people, Alice can actually be a very calm and methodical psychopath. She is completely convinced that her needs are the only ones that matter, so everything she does is perfectly reasonable and justified. Like when she gets Alex to walk her to her apartment door and she wacks him with an iron and shackles him on that same nasty mattress. Or when she rapes him. Or when she amputates his leg. Like I said…she’s crazy, but she plays it like she has the sweetest little crush on this mutilated man.
Nobody Loves Alice is a very likable and brutal horror film. Robert Scheck keeps his story focused and nothing that happens detracts from what you really want to see: Alice’s paranoid bloodlust. Her bedroom, which is where all of the film’s brutality occurs, is fantastically hideous—minty floral wallpaper, blood splattered walls, the filthy mattress, the sickly lighting. I wasn’t terribly impressed with the other actors, but Nitzan Mager, the actress who plays Alice, is amazing. She has this very disturbing range between predatory psycho and approval seeking little girl. I can hardly wait to see what twisted films she appears in next.
Rating - ***
- Jennie Milojevic