Alyce was made around the time of the Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland (2010), a period that also saw several other bizarre variant adaptations of Alice in Wonderland (1865) see the like of the tv mini-series Alice (2009), which gave the characters a science-fiction interpretation, and the slasher film Alice in Murderland (2010), as well as the British Malice in Wonderland (2009), which has many similarities to this film in offering a harsh modern retelling. Jay Lees interpretation has been to place elements of Alice in Wonderland into a gritty, contemporary urban setting. We get an equivalent of the Mad Hatters Tea Party where Jade Dornfeld goes to visit a drug dealer and is made to strip in front of a trio of stoned people. Jefferson Airplanes Alice-influenced White Rabbit (1967) plays early on into the piece, while Jade Dornfelds best friend Tamara Feldman is cheekily named Carroll Lewis.
However, the plot only vaguely connects in the general direction of Alice in Wonderland and you keep wishing that Jay Lee would make more out of it at most we get Alice in Wonderland turned into a strange drug-filled journey into a dark mental space and it takes a long time to ever get to any parts that have an equivalent in the book. The film suffers from a not terribly interesting lead-in we get about half-an-hour of Jade Dornfeld and Tamara Feldman going out for a night on the town, coming home and getting fucked up on drugs, the suggestion that they should make out (which never happens) and saying the word vagina a lot. Jay Lee certainly gives the expectations we have as a result of the book a shocking or sordid spin. After pushing her best friend from the roof while stoned and she ends up being trapped in a lie with the revelation that Tamara Feldman survived, Alyce decides to kill herself and then goes on a drug-induced bender. Later we see her giving dealer Eddie Rouse a blowjob for more drugs.
For a long time, Alyce feels like it is not going anywhere. There is the oddly amusing line a death scene is described as Like a bit of pre-War German Expressionism with a bit of Hellraiser  thrown in, the sort of line that could only be written by a genre fan. In about the last twenty minutes, Alyce abruptly and unexpectedly veers off into full-on horror territory. We get scenes of Jade Dornfeld bloodily beating people to death with baseball bats then carving up the bodies, rough sex scenes between her and Max Williams that turn into a battle for dominance, ending in a bloodbath of murdered bodies.