Stage Fright


Action / Comedy / Horror / Musical

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 34%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 28%
IMDb Rating 5.2 10 3893


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Minnie Driver as Kylie Swanson
Meat Loaf as Roger McCall
Douglas Smith as Buddy Swanson
Dan Levy as Entertainment Reporter
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1hr 29 min
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Reviewed by GL84 7 / 10

Solid enough if flawed overall slasher hybrid

Arriving at a special summer camp, a musically-inclined teen finds that the chance to reprise the last role her mother played has now earmarked her for death when a vicious serial killer begins targeting the others at the cast, forcing her to unmask the killer before it's too late.

This one wasn't all that bad of a slasher effort. What really makes this one work nicely is the interplay between the musical numbers and the more slasher movie aesthetics. Due to the vast majority of the first half being built around the setup for the initial play, complete with all the traditional backstabbing and drama that occurs in such productions, this one really piles on the musical attributes by not only providing plenty of solid musical interludes to carry this one along. That way, when the film moves into the slasher aspects in the second half, this one has quite the steady background to build off of which generates some really enjoyable slasher set- pieces. The first attack, where the killer emerges from behind the video-screen and launches an attack on the lone figure on the stage of the theater, gives this a strong start to lead into the scenes of him backstage during the performance killing them off in a series of solid ambushes in the coatroom, a fine bashing in a steam-filled shower and a brutal brawl in the kitchen which is all rather fun overall. That really leads into the rather fun finale where the series of battles back-and- forth across the camp give this a nice bit of action while also managing to feature the fun performance being played during this chase backstage that gives this some dual action scenes with some comedy and a nice bit of action with some solid gory kills thrown in. Alongside the somewhat zippy songs being sung that aren't so terrible, these all hold off the film's somewhat minor if rather problematic issues. The biggest factor holding this one down is the issue of the musically-inclined first half that really keeps the slashing to a real low-point. Hardly anyone is offed much less attacked during the first forty-five minutes or so, and it does manage to really feel it with the extraneous scenes of the groups' backstage politics and backstabbing that carries so much of these scenes without really featuring any of the more traditional slasher sequences beyond knowing that a killer is present. This can make for a somewhat challenging start here for some who aren't expecting that kind of layoff for a slasher film and it does make the film a struggle to get through. The other issue here is the fact that there's such a low body-count here that it never really develops a chance to make the killer threatening by keeping him on the sidelines for such much of the film and then rushing through the finale. While some might not enjoy the musical aspect of a horror film that much, beyond these issues, the film doesn't really come off that badly.

Rated Unrated/R: Graphic Violence, Graphic Language and a mild sex scene.

Reviewed by jamesbamesy 6 / 10

Very unique take on the slasher/musical genre...though could have been done better.

Taking the name of other films from before (including another slasher from 1987), Stage Fright (2014) is a recent obscure, independent horror film that brings back the slasher genre, added with a twist; that being it's a horror musical, with characters singing musical numbers and such. Now, when it comes to horror musicals, there are very few that have done it, but do turn out really good, such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Sweeney Todd (the Johnny Depp film). So, as this movie is a throwback to old-school horror, can it live up to its expectations as a unique slasher, or is it just another disappointment that is worth forgetting?

Plot: 10 years ago, Kylie Swanson (Minnie Driver), a Broadway diva, is murdered by an unknown assailant wearing a mask, after the show is over. We skip to present day, and Kylie's children Camilla (Allie MacDonald) and Buddy (Douglas Smith) are now teenagers and have been raised by Roger McCall (Meat Loaf), a former lover for Kylie and the producer of a musical theater at a summer camp. When Camilla hears about the musical production that will be opening at the camp, she decides to audition, even if that isn't a choice for her. Soon, however, she does get the part as the lead role, Sofia, after sneaking in with Joel Hopton (Kent Nolan), a camper overseeing the auditions, and is now a lover for Camilla. Unknowingly, however, there is now a masked-killer (the same mask as worn from the death of Camilla's mother) who is picking off each cast and crew member, one by one. The reason? Well, he says, as in sings, that he's sick of Roger's musicals and is enraged by so.

On paper, this does sound like a well-thought-out plot. That is until we get to the killer and his motivations. As cool as he was, with the metal guitar playing and all (in contrast to the much softer musical tracks), it just feels out of place and is like if you take a musical-comedy-drama and just throw in a slasher villain to make it horror. I know I'm being hypocritical, since that's what it is, basically, but the killer just feels irrelevant to the main plot, besides the opening scene and the reveal at the end. I won't spoil who's behind the mask or what the explanation is, but it is pretty odd and just felt, again, out of place.

There are good things to say about this film, though. The acting from the cast isn't that bad, especially since we got notable stars in here like Meat Loaf and Minnie Driver (the latter only being seen in the beginning, making it feel more of a waste of potential). Also, the kills are pretty good, and the gore effects aren't bad, which is what makes many slasher films great. The characters are while some unlikable, others are fun to be had with, and I did feel sorrow for Camilla because of her mother's death, and her inspiration to be just like her. Thus, there are characters in which you have the good and the bad, no one that is really that boring.

Overall, as a musical, it is quite decent, but as a slasher, it should've had more execution. Stage Fright may be a lot of fun with nice blood, a relatable main protagonist, and a badass villain when disguised, but it isn't quite enough to make it a good horror movie because of its focus going more towards the musical side, than a great B-horror, along with a bland motive for our main antagonist. If you like the musical genre, you'll most likely enjoy it. If you're more into the slasher-horror genre, then you might like the killer, but will be disappointed as a whole. For me, I thought it was okay, and had a good watch, but didn't really care for the musical aspects or the twist. Therefore, I give this movie 6 knives out of 10.

Reviewed by Mina 3 / 10

A bad idea for a film, poor execution as well

Whenever someone says they want to make a musical, you wonder if anyone asked them "really?"

There is a problem in Canadian cinema and that is the severe dearth of good screenwriters. When someone writes his own screenplay and directs it himself, he takes more responsibility, takes a huge risk and the film has a higher chance of failure.

In this film Jerome Sable takes an even higher risk, adding music and lyrics to his list of responsibilities.

If you look at a successful musical such as Chicago, you'll see how many credits it takes to make a good one. The film is directed by Rob Marshall, who did not touch the screenplay, music or lyrics. The writing credits are Bill Condon (screenplay), who did not touch the music or lyrics. The music is by John Kander and Fred Ebb.

In Stagefright, Jerome Sable thought he could do it all. Music, lyrics, screenplay and direct. All in his first feature. This is a common mistake in Canadian cinema (see Score: A Hockey Musical, written, directed, lyrics, etc. all by Michael McGowan). That one has a score of 4.6/10, this one currently has 5.2/10, most likely due to the horror element.

This story is not sure what it wants to be. We don't know if it's a musical, a comedy, a slasher horror. The combination could've been good, but the songs weren't that funny, they actually interrupt the comedy, as do the slasher parts. In comedies, we want to laugh nonstop. I didn't find the songs that funny and I actually preferred the non-musical jokes (Japanese art reference).

The production looked professional, camera, lighting, sound, etc. I think the director should keep at it, but refrain from trying to do everything himself. There are a lot of good scripts out there that could be made into great films with the right hands. Doing everything makes one look like a one-man band.

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