Stage Fright (2014)
Critic Consensus: There might be a good movie to be made from mashing up the slasher and musical genres; unfortunately, Stage Fright isn't quite it.
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Critic Reviews for Stage Fright
Writer-director Jerome Sable, who co-wrote the songs with Eli Batalion, has a sharp ear for musical pastiche, from Andrew Lloyd Weber to heavy metal. But he comes up flat on the horror-musical spoof.
Give the movie some zip, a few memorable songs and a stronger third act, and (to paraphrase Mr. Sondheim) something good's just out of reach.
This horror musical has about 20 comically inspired minutes before devolving into increasingly moribund genre-spoofing territory.
Whether it's being sexy, jokey or homicidal, "Stage Fright" doesn't deliver the goods with sufficient spirit. It lacks the sparkle to be a truly killer show.
Audience Reviews for Stage Fright
I'd be lying if I said it was gold, but there is still a lot to find endearing about Stage Fright. Not least of which is the closing credits... That's not a dig either, the end credits are well worth sitting through if you do happen to be the type that watches Slasher Musicals.
Campy and fun, Stage Fright is a whimsical tale of murder and theater. When the Center Stage theater camp revives a production of The Haunting of the Opera a mysterious killer appears and starts killing off the campers. The musical numbers are pretty good, featuring catchy songs and impressive choreography. However, the story is kind of cliche and poorly told. The characters too are stereotypes without much depth. But despite its weak spots, Stage Fright is entertaining in a comically bizarre sort of way.
Horror-musical fans, we have found ourselves another cult classic. Stage Fright is as campy as it is gory and entertaining, reminiscent of the gore and macabre ambiance of "Repo: The Genetic Opera" or "The Devil's Carnival." However, it plays out as a non-musical film, or rather attempts to with the unmistakable musical nature of the film.
From red herrings and high sopranos, Stage Fright will keep you second-guessing every possibility of the film and the mystery of the murders that occur as the plot progresses, all wrapped in a hauntingly sinister sing-along soundtrack.
Stage Fright is not reinventing the wheel for horror-musicals, and in a way the film creates a subgenre of its own: horror-musical slasher flick. It excels in camp, gore, and wit, and is consistently entertaining.
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