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Alicia, who is working on a play that is about a psycho killer dressed as an owl, hurts her ankle on set and then her costume lady named Betty sneaks her out of rehearsal and takes her to the nearest hospital. But it isn't just a hospital, it ends up being a mental institution! Still, the doctor there agrees to look at Alicia's ankle. Staying at that hospital is Irving Wallace, a beserk actor who took 16 people and "cut them into little pieces!". He is staying there because the court is reviewing his trial. Betty and Alicia go back to the theater when they're done, but they end up bringing Irving Wallace back with them because they forgot to lock the door to the car!
*Spoiler Warining* Soon after Alicia is fired for sneaking out by the director of the play named Peter, who needed her while she was gone. Betty goes back out to her car because she left her lights on and is then murdered by Irving Wallace (I won't say how, it's pretty creative). After the police come and take away her body, Peter tells Newspaper Journalist Mr. Ferrari that he will take Betty's murder as an advertisement and pull opening night back a week to encourage more people to come.
Peter asks 8 people in the production to stay and rehearse all night. They are actors Brett, Laurel, Cibil, Corrine, Danny, Alicia, assistant director Mark, and journalist Farrari. Peter asks Corrine to lock all the doors to the theater and hide the key so nobody will be able to get out and they will have to rehearse all night. Unfortunatly, Irving Wallace gets locked in along with them, and steals Brett's owl costume and walks around the theater with it.Read more ›
The film as it is marks the debut of Michele Soavi, one of the names outside of Argento and Bava that marks one of the directors that must be watched. His films might be an aquired taste but they do remain artistically beautiful if perplexing in that arthouse way that the Italians do. The film is very photogenic and beautiful to look at even if it reminds you totally of the decade known as the eighties. The characters are thin with some cliche thrown in which makes it easy to watch when they die, and what the film does well is kill off characters. Plus for a slasher film I will have to say that having a killer wearing a well made owl mask is rather interesting from the perspective of this viewer. The film isn't for all tastes but its fun to view in my opinion.
On a side note- Director Terry Gilliam met Soavi at the Brussels Fantasy Film Festival where Stagefright was being shown.He liked this film so much that he made Soavi a 2nd unit director on his next film-The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen.
A good 80's slasher with interesting characters, some awesome kills and a very memorable killer. Not only that, but the added bonus of extreme 80's nostalgia.... complete with sexy, sassy saxophone!!! Now if you are from the 80's like myself, you should know what i mean with that.... the 80's certainly had it's share of saxophone solos in top 10 music and music in movies.
This movie was not afraid to strut it's 80's stuff... Highly recommended to any collector of 80's horror.
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More stylish than most, Stage Fright is a slasher flick that takes place in a theater on a dark and stormy night. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Einsatz
This is amazing Italian slasher and giallo flick has it all. More chainsaw kills than the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, hilarious dubbing and dialogue, creepy killer in an owl mask,... Read morePublished 24 months ago by oldtree
We all know what its about and it delivers the goods.I prefer the European version because it gives you a widescreen and full frame option. Read morePublished on May 1, 2014 by Schizo Kris
This is a good horror movie with a lot of twists and turns. I saw this movie years ago and finally ordered a DVD copy. Ii is one of my favorite 80s horror movies.Published on April 4, 2014 by MissMelpol
You should buy this right now. Place the order immediately. Then wait. Wait. When it arrives,watch it. You're so very welcome.Published on March 20, 2014 by TDSL
Stage Fright (aka Stage Fright Aquarius) is an interesting piece of slasher fare. A group of thespians are rehearsing for opening night of a play. Read morePublished on March 7, 2014 by GSD
A big disappointment. I expected to see a giallo, but this is a boring, typical slasher, nothing new or original for a 1987 film. Soavi is advertised as the new Argento! WRONG. Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by jim