I think that instead of changing anything about Alessa, the best way to improve this movie is to remove all of the real-world abandoned town stuff. It just detracts from the overall flow of the movie. I've watched a fan edit
of the movie that removes the unnecessary bits (as well as subtle changes to scenes such as some dialog removal and whatnot) and it was a vastly better movie. It's my preferred version of the movie and the only one I watch anymore.
just want to say thanks for this so much better seamless flowing less cringe moments