ALICE IN MURDERLAND
THE ALICE IN WONDERLAND MURDERS
At least that is the promise. The delivery of the film itself turns out to be far from that. In actuality, Alice in Murderland ends up being a film where the idea it initially has vastly outweighs its execution. Indeed, it proves to be an utterly amateurish mess that promptly squanders any potential within the first few minutes. The films idea rapidly telescopes down to being not a horror/dark fantasy film set in Wonderland but merely an Alice in Wonderland-themed slasher film set in an everyday warehouse. The characters are not variations of the ones in the book but merely a group of sorority sisters who have only decided to dress in Alice in Wonderland costume for a party. At most, their personalities vaguely correspond to their characters The Red Queen (Marlene McCohen) is the class bitch; the equivalent of the Cheshire Cat (Kelly Pulcinski) is someone who keeps vanishing whenever people turn around to look for her; Tweedledum and Tweedledee are a lesbian couple consisting of a blonde airhead (Heath Butler) and a stoner (Jennifer Field); The Caterpillar (Elizabeth Lam Nguyen) is the class drug dealer and so on.
The film falls apart in the amateurishness of its delivery on most counts. Most of the cast seem capable but they are let down by the flatness of their dialogue. Even the gore looks fake. On a level of production polish, the entire film seems only one step up from a home-made shot-on-digital film that some friends have decided to make. The most ridiculous scene is the one where Kelly Pulcinski is trying to kill Marlene McCohen as she is trapped with her ass stuck out of a tiny bathroom window.
Director Dennis Devine has made a number of other low-budget horror and genre films including the likes of:- Fatal Images (1989), Dead Girls (1990), segments of the anthologies Things (1993), Things II (1998) and Merchants of Death (1999), Amazon Warrior (1998), Haunted (1998), Vampires of Sorority Row (1999), Bloodstream (2000), Vampires of Sorority Row II (2000), Curse of Pirate Death (2006), Blood Mask: The Possession of Nicole Lameroux (2007), Caregiver (2007), Demon Kiss (2008), Dont Look in the Cellar (2008), DeWitt & Maria (2010), Sawblade (2010), Vamps in the City (2010), Night of the Dead (2012), Fat Planet (2013), Lizzie Bordens Revenge (2013), Vampire Club 3D (2013) and Nazi Dawn (2014).