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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.

Movie Info

Starry-eyed teenager Camilla Swanson wants to follow in her mother's footsteps and become a Broadway diva, but she's stuck working in the kitchen of a snobby performing arts camp. Determined to change her destiny, she sneaks in to audition for the summer showcase and lands a lead role in the play, but just as rehearsals begin, blood starts to spill, and Camilla soon finds herself terrified by the horror of musical theatre. (c) Magnetmore
Rating: R (bloody horror violence, language and some sexual references)
Genre: Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: Chris Lofing, Travis Cluff, Jerome Sable
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 8, 2014
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Allie MacDonald
as Camilla Swanson
Douglas Smith
as Buddy Swanson
Minnie Driver
as Kylie Swanson
Meat Loaf
as Roger McCall
Kent Nolan
as Joel Hopton
Ephraim Ellis
as Sam Brownstein
Melanie Leishman
as Liz Silver
Thomas Alderson
as David Martin
James McGowan
as Victor Brady
Eli Batalion
as Oleg Penderecki
Leanne Miller
as Sheila Kerry
Greg Dunham
as Higgins
Dan Levy
as Entertainment Report...
Rick Miller
as Alfonso
Jeni Ross
as Ginger
John Stead
as Opera Ghost
Eli Batalion
as Oleg Penderecki
Rick Miller
as Alfonso
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Critic Reviews for Stage Fright

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (12)

Likely to inspire much exiting stage left and right.

Full Review… | May 15, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 9, 2014
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 8, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

This horror musical has about 20 comically inspired minutes before devolving into increasingly moribund genre-spoofing territory.

Full Review… | May 8, 2014
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 8, 2014
Washington Post
Top Critic

Clear evidence of filmmakers who love musical theater and slasher flicks in equal measure.

Full Review… | August 24, 2015

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.

Gimly Monocle
Gimly Monocle

Super Reviewer


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.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

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.

DA Zapata
DA Zapata

Super Reviewer

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