Stage Fright

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A rehearsal for a play based on a real serial killer turns chaotic when the escaped felon comes for the curtain call.

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Critic Reviews for Deliria (Bloody Bird)(Sound Stage Massacre)(Stage Fright)

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Audience Reviews for Deliria (Bloody Bird)(Sound Stage Massacre)(Stage Fright)

  • Oct 15, 2016
    To make up for how bad House 2 was, I decided to make up for it with another 80s horror movie. This time a slasher. I think all I'm missing now is a ghost story and the horror fest would be complete. I wouldn't classify The Conjuring 2 as a ghost story, but it's not also what I would call a demonic possession movie either. It sort of falls somewhere in the middle. Anyway, a slasher was also very essential to this little fest. Though, if I'm being completely honest, this was a pretty awful movie. But with the rating I gave it, I found this to be a really entertaining cheeseball slasher. It's not quite a masterpiece of awful, like The Room, because it is a considerably better movie, on pretty much every level, but that's hardly high praise. I remember watching a movie with the same name, also a slasher, from 2014 and I could have sworn that that was a remake. But apparently it wasn't, though they share some similarities. Technically speaking, the 2014 Stage Fright is a much better movie, but as a whole, part of me enjoyed this more due to the unintentional laughter it produced. Both get the same rating, though I enjoyed one more. I will say, however, that this film, honestly, after everyone else got killed off and only Alicia was left, it lost some of its more entertaining aspects. A huge part of my enjoyment of this film was the fact how bad some of the actors really were and how over-the-top they all were. These are people that I have never seen before or since, so that should tell you something about the quality of their performances. Though slashers have never been known for their acting. I believe that the film wasn't completely genuine, like they didn't want to make a purposely shitty movie, that's just the way it all played out in the end, but I do think they were aware of the fact that this wasn't gonna be a masterpiece. Though I will say that, outside of Hellraiser, this was a more violent movie than Jason and Freddie were at the time, I'm not as familiar with the Halloween franchise so I wouldn't know if it was more violent than that. Though I don't honestly think what exactly they were trying to accomplish here, because, for about 98% of the movie, the villain of the film is wearing an owl head, like they were fucking deadmau5 or something. It's difficult to take everything seriously when the bad guy is wearing an owl head. But, again, this wasn't meant to be super seriously. But they didn't really have like an iconic villain to compete with some of the big horror franchises at the time, so you have to wonder what the purpose was of it all. And I think that VHS renting started to become more popular in the 90s anyway, so I don't know how popular this even was on home video. I'm sure the people who HAVE seen it, in the right state of mind of course, enjoyed the fuck out of this movie. And giving it an average score is me being nicer than I need to be, because this isn't an average film, but it did a good job at making me laugh, even when it wasn't supposed to. The laughs get fewer and fewer the more people die, but I was still entertained by this movie's awfulness. I'd recommend it if you're looking for something goofy that will make you laugh at it instead of with it.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Oct 06, 2012
    Soavi certainly inherited Dario Argento's predilection for giallo slasher theatrics with 'Stagefright', an operatic first feature which cannily blurs the line of art-imitating-life at a grueling stage production. For instance, before the financial backer (the producer) is slaughtered, he throws his collected sums at the killer to no avail. Intelligently, Soavi encapsulates the entire film into one night of rehearsal with a keen sense of claustrophobia that spans from the dressing rooms to the rafters above. Aside from the ill-advised introduction of a whirring-guitar soundtrack in the midsection, the film is undeniably hair-raising and unflinching. The cliches of the egomaniacal director and the swooning gay actor in a leotard are firmly established and systematically whittled down until a hide-and-seek last act between the ingenue and the owl-headed killer. The murderer assembles his disembodied victims into an inventively grotesque diorama and the blowing feathers add an eerily ethereal mystique to the set decoration.
    Cory T Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2012
    Another one of the best slashers from the 80s, makes no sense whatsoever, but there are quite a few scares in the film, the setting in a theatre was clever.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 19, 2011
    Michele Soavi's directorial debut and he has other credites like Alien 2 on Earth his first acting role. Still Soavi still puts on some stella murder scenes. The direction is great for a first time gig...Some great creepy music and some stella acting for its time (Mnus the dubbing no doubt). Still amazing camera work and gory effects,
    Keiko A Super Reviewer

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