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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.

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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 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.
PG-13 (for horror violence, disturbing images, language, brief sexual and drug content)
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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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 Bathory
Veronica Mosgrove
as News Reporter
Rick Green
as Stay Alive Game Voice-Over
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 (58) | 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

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.

Full Review… | March 30, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

Videogames are no longer brainless, so why are videogame movies so slow to evolve?

Full Review… | March 29, 2006
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

An anemic attempt to update the horror genre's imperiled-teens-meet-bloodletting-uber-fiend substratum.

Full Review… | March 28, 2006
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 28, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Stay Alive


It's so bad it's good. Really entertaining. Frankie Muniz! Grade: B-

Matt Goodman
Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer


Creepy :O

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

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

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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