In this genre-bending musical comedy, a starry-eyed teenager stuck in the kitchen of a snobby performing arts camp dreams of Broadway. She sneaks into an audition and lands the lead role. But just as rehearsals begin, blood starts to spill.
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This musical remake of the 1987 slasher of the same name is quite lighter in its approach. The film opens with a tribute to GLEE in a musical themed intro. The killer wields a Japanese Kotobuki mask and sings hooks before taking the victims. Some interesting kills but ultimately falls flat and fails to deliver anything new. Seeing Meatloaf and Minnie Driver after a long hiatus is a plus.
Reviewed in the United States on November 23, 2016
This movie was ridiculous. I love it. The music was okay, but there were a couple of songs I really enjoyed. The sheer ridiculousness was my favorite part though. I show this movie to everyone who will watch.
The poster on the trailer preview is what sold me on renting the movie. It is a note-perfect rendition of an 80's style slasher flick movie poster, from the heroine in profile to the disembodied giant knife in the foreground to the goofy tag-line. The movie itself is most definitely inspired by slasher heydey plots. If you've ever seen classic scream queen movies like Prom Night or Terror Train, you know the basic elements: someone important to the Final Girl got killed long ago and now someone else is out for revenge. Which visible member of the cast could it be? However, this is also a genre mash-up, being that this horror movie is also a full-on musical. It doesn't just use musical numbers as breaks from the narrative. The musical numbers are IN the narrative. I can see why some of the horror fans are disappointed, as aside from a cold open the actual horror part of this movie doesn't get underway until over halfway into the runtime. It's musical comedy for most of the first half of the movie. However, once the horror starts it's horror all the way to the end. One other interesting aspect of this being a mash-up and decidedly postmodern is that the Final Girl is considerably more complicated in character motivation than would have been permissible in the eighties. I agree with other reviewers that the heavy metal that sets the killer apart musically from the rest of the show is a surprising treat. Stay for the end credits, there is a hilarious coda written into the end credits music just to reward people who watch 'til the last frame.
This is original, funny, and good music. The acting is good enough, the singing is great. If you like slasher films, musicals, and comedy, there is nothing else really to check out and this movie satisfies!!
5.0 out of 5 starsIf you like musical's and or horror movies
Reviewed in Canada on February 3, 2018
If you like musical's and or horror movies,well this combines both. The classical side and the headbanging of the music is awesome,right to the ending of the credits. Meatloaf plays a well scripted character as well as the rest of the cast. The innocence of Grease meets Phantom of the Opera. Loved it,,,
Enjoyed this. I don't like slash and bleed and the first time I watched I have to admit that my eyes shut each time. By the second time seeing I opened eyes and cringed. By the third time I could watch and critique the scenes! The singing with the campers and "Meatloaf" is great fun, I like musicals. (I was a extra in this and happy to see my scene was not cut!)
Horror comedies are a strange enough breed as it is but throw in musical numbers for good measure and you really are in bizarre territory. That's where we are with Stage Fright, a campy gory slasher film.
When comedy mixes with horror the results are usually sub par. The likes of Dale versus Tucker are few and far between. Stage Fright is too campy to be fun and too cheesy to be funny, it doesn't quite find the right mix, but there are some enjoyable moments. The film finds its feet more when the killing starts and it focusses on the horror more than the comedy. Its a pleasingly gory affair although admittedly it is all rather cartoonish.
The story is clichéd in the extreme but the killer is interesting and the kills are suitably elaborate. The songs are stagey and in themselves a little creepy.
Stage Fright could have been a lot worse and for a silly 90 mins you can just about forgive its shortcomings.