Stage Fright [Blu-ray]
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The two bookend each other well, but the truth is I suspect they would have been better off committing to being one kind of movie or the other.
The film starts out seriously as stage star Kylie Swanson (Minnie Driver) gets her throat cut by a man in the Phantom opera mask. She has twins, a boy and girl who we follow ten years later as they are working in the kitchen at a theater school/camp for kids run by Roger (Meat Loaf). The school ends up putting on the same play where Kylie was killed. Her daughter Camilla (Allie MacDonald) tries out for the role that her mother had. As a slasher film, people die as we attempt to guess who is the killer...or not.
The film is also a musical. Kids sing many of their lines with humorous lyrics. The song "We're Here" at the beginning had me laughing out loud. A girl with a lisp (Adrianna Di Liello) sings about her lisp...I normally don't laugh at people with a lisp (except when cable news hires them to be in front of a camera), but I was forced to make an exception. The killer sings metal songs rather well (singing dubbed by Rick Miller) and even sings some of the drum parts "rum dum dum" which again had me laughing.
This is a film which gives the killer a personality, a staple of series slasher films. Kudos to Jerome Sable, writer, song writer, and director for an enjoyable comedy/musical "B" horror film.
Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
I'm not going to give away anymore of the plot because that wouldn't be fair. I did not dislike this movie; I just thought it could have been so much more. I will say that I would not be surprised if this were rewritten and taken to off-Broadway and finally Broadway. Given a little tweak here and there, this might just make it.
I let you guys decide on this one! Rated R for some bloody violence, language, and partial nudity.
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LOVE this movie. So much fun. I'm disappointed it didn't 'do better' when it was released! It's a really fun flick!Published 1 month ago by Erik Therme
Movie had potential but all the corny sing a longs really ruined it for me.Published 8 months ago by Kreg S
So much better than I expected. Melanie Leishman delivers an amazing performance, can't wait to see her in more movies.Published 14 months ago by Nebey
I heard this is a really good horror movie with a lot of twists and turns. It is comedy and horror movie.Published 19 months ago by Karleehousman
Glee meets Rocky Horror.This movie directed by Jerome Sable has singing...creepiness....gore galore. Read morePublished 20 months ago by David carney
I am an avid horror/slasher/musical/Meatloaf fan, and I truly believe that this is a must-see movie for anyone who would take a similar label. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Saturnine
1 star. 5 out of 5 "boo's."
Boo. Boo. Boo. Boo. Boo.
Boo(!) to this movie! Boo to its sing-a-longs. Read more
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