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Stay Alive (2006)



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

Movie Info

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 being murdered one-by-one in the same way as the characters they played in the game. As the line between the game world and the real world disappears, the teens must find a way to defeat the vicious and merciless Blood Countess, all the while trying to... stay alive.more
Rating: PG-13 (for horror violence, disturbing images, language, brief sexual and drug content)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: William Brent Bell, Matthew Peterman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 19, 2006
Box Office: $23.0M
Buena Vista - Official Site


Jon Foster
as Hutch O'Neill
Frankie Muniz
as Swink Sylvania
Sophia Bush
as October Bantum
Jimmi Simpson
as Phineas Bantum
Adam Goldberg
as Miller Banks
Milo Ventimiglia
as Loomis Crowley
Wendell Pierce
as Detective Thibodeaux
April Wood
as Loretta
Monica Monica
as Mrs. Crowley
Rio Hackford
as Detective King
J. Richey Nash
as Young Rookie
Maria Kalinina
as Countess Elizabeth B...
Veronica Mosgrove
as News Reporter
Rick Green
as Stay Alive Game Voic...
Jim Bishop
as Mr. Crowley
James Haven
as Jonathan Malkus
Amber Nicolai
as Evil Girl
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Critic Reviews for Stay Alive

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (17)

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

Full Review… | March 7, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

... while its narrative style -- elliptical, fragmented, even eccentric at times -- is ambitious and imaginative, it sometimes makes for a loss of clarity and momentum.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 24, 2007

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

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

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

Full Review… | October 17, 2006
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review… | October 17, 2006
7M Pictures

Audience Reviews for Stay Alive


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

Grade: B-

Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer


Creepy :O

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

It's enjoyable, but when your watching it, you know that it's a bad movie!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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