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Stay Alive (2006)



Average Rating: 3/10
Reviews Counted: 58
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 53

A by-the-numbers teen horror flick, Stay Alive fails to exploit its premise for any real scares.


Average Rating: 3/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 15

A by-the-numbers teen horror flick, Stay Alive fails to exploit its premise for any real scares.



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After the mysterious, brutal death of an old friend, a group of teenagers find themselves in possession of "Stay Alive," an ultra-realistic 3-D videogame based on the spine-chilling true story of a 17th century noblewoman, known as "The Blood Countess." The gamers don't know anything about the game other than they're not supposed to have it... and they're dying to play it. Not able to resist temptation, the kids begin to play the grisly game but soon make a chilling connection -- they are each


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

William Brent Bell

Sep 19, 2006


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All Critics (62) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (53) | DVD (15)

There's a gothic backstory to all this, which makes no sense but looks pretty cool.

March 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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... while its narrative style -- elliptical, fragmented, even eccentric at times -- is ambitious and imaginative, it sometimes makes for a loss of clarity and momentum.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Teen fodder like this isn't known for sophistication or storytelling depth, but the filmmakers seem to take the film's video-game theme as permission to eschew even the horror genre's exceedingly lenient minimums for characterization.

March 30, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Videogames are no longer brainless, so why are videogame movies so slow to evolve?

March 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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An anemic attempt to update the horror genre's imperiled-teens-meet-bloodletting-uber-fiend substratum.

March 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's unlikely that Stay Alive could ever have been a good movie in the traditional sense, but it might have been better if Bell and co-writer Matthew Peterman had done more to exploit their gaming premise.

March 28, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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One of those movies that thinks loud sounds and shaky cameras account for scares, and reminding of us of truly scary gaming experiences only amplifies its weaknesses.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

If Stay Alive teaches us anything, it's that videogames and horror films do not least in the same movie.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

...a little needless brutality would've almost certainly elevated the proceedings, albeit temporarily...

October 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Yeah, the plot sounds like utter nonsense, but it's fun.

October 17, 2006 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

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October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

- Aspirante a Terror em Silent Hill (jogo e filme) que, repleto de clichês e personagens caricaturais, revela-se apenas cansativo e previsível.

September 17, 2006
Cinema em Cena

...if the filmmakers could have dispensed with the actors and plot altogether, they might have had a better movie.

September 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

This movie has a nostalgic retro feel to it, like the old Universal horror movies that we now find very funny. But alas, where are all the drive-in theaters to show it in?

August 23, 2006 Full Review Source:

Never has a title been more horribly at odds with the way you're actually going to feel while watching the movie.

July 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Guardian

A cool idea rapidly falls apart. A completely missed opportunity.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comment (1)
Empire Magazine

Something of a disappointment and nowhere near as scary as The Ring, which it rips off shamelessly.

July 27, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Stuttering like a busted console, the film's lack of invention is only rivalled by a paucity of gore which will seem positively comical to gamers long since inured to cyberspace slaughter.

July 4, 2006 Full Review Source:

A lack of logic infects this film like a virus.

June 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

The dialogue seldom rises above the level of twaddle -- unspeakable in every sense of the word.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

If any of these characters were halfway decent gamers (or even hackers), their problems would be solved

April 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles CityBeat

The filmmakers are so at a loss for fresh ways to shock that they even dredge up the twitchy, girl-with-hair-hanging-in-her-face trick from The Ring and The Grudge.

April 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Never mind staying alive. You'd be doing well to simply stay awake through all 85 interminably inert minutes of Stay Alive.

April 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Implausibly tedious, Stay Alive has none of the vicarious thrills of, say, Konami's Silent Hill 2. It's barely even Pong unplugged.

April 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Stay Alive

It's so bad it's good. Really entertaining. Frankie Muniz!

Grade: B-
January 30, 2011

Super Reviewer

Creepy :O
June 8, 2010
Dead Angel

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It's enjoyable, but when your watching it, you know that it's a bad movie!
January 13, 2010
KJ Proulx

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It is not a bad Movie but I wish the game they played in the Movie would have been made as well, it would have been fun.
December 8, 2009
Wahida K

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    1. Swink: Bitch! That's cheating!
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