Stage Fright

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Overview

Horror film actor Michele Soavi's directorial debut was this stylish giallo thriller about an escaped lunatic terrorizing the cast of a stage musical who get locked in a theater after dark. David Brandon, Barbara Cupisti, and perennial victim Giovanni Lombardo Radice aka "John Morghen" lead the cast, most of whom spend their time sniping at each other with amusingly typical backstage cruelty. The murder scenes are the film's primary attraction, artfully handled by Soavi in setpieces such as a blue-lighted stage ...
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Overview

Horror film actor Michele Soavi's directorial debut was this stylish giallo thriller about an escaped lunatic terrorizing the cast of a stage musical who get locked in a theater after dark. David Brandon, Barbara Cupisti, and perennial victim Giovanni Lombardo Radice aka "John Morghen" lead the cast, most of whom spend their time sniping at each other with amusingly typical backstage cruelty. The murder scenes are the film's primary attraction, artfully handled by Soavi in setpieces such as a blue-lighted stage strewn with feather-covered bodies. The killer wears an owl mask, which is offputting at first but seems progressively more sinister as the film goes along. Soavi's stylistic mentor, Dario Argento, directed the similar Opera the same year, while this one was produced by Aristide Massaccesi "Joe D'Amato" from a script by actor Luigi Montefiori "George Eastman".
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Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Michele Soavi bio
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Editorial Reviews

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This late European entry into the slasher-film cycle is a good example of how style can triumph over substance in a genre effort. The script doesn't offer much in the way of characterization -- the victims fall into distinct types and the killer is the usual slasher-film cipher -- but Stage Fright does offer a unique theatrical setting and small-time showbiz milieu that gives the tale some added flavor. The actors are do above-average work for this kind of film, with top honors going to David Brandon as the troupe's Machiavellian director and John Morghen as an amusingly bitchy actor. However, the best element of Stage Fright is Michele Soavi's direction. This protégé of Dario Argento made his directorial debut here and his work shows a tremendous sense of craft for a first-timer: his pacing is nice and lean, with a good knack for timing when it comes to the shocks. Even better, he has an eye for artful design amongst the carnage and combines this visual sense with his craftsmanship to create some tense setpieces: the best is a moment involving an attempt to retrieve a key right under the killer's nose. Ultimately, Stage Fright is primarily for the horror audience but they are likely to enjoy its visually inventive approach to the usually humdrum slasher subgenre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2007
  • UPC: 827058107693
  • Original Release: 1987
  • Source: Blue Underground
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Stagefright
1. Program Start/Main Titles [:53]
2. Dance of Death [3:26]
3. Artistic Genius [4:11]
4. Rehearsing Rape [3:25]
5. Trip to the Nuthouse [4:19]
6. Missing Madman [3:44]
7. Jawbreaker [4:15]
8. Free Publicity [3:47]
9. The Show Must Go On [3:14]
10. Wardrobe Change [5:17]
11. Butcher's Blade [4:46]
12. A Fool and His Money [3:54]
13. Lunatic on the Loose [3:37]
14. Driller Killer [4:07]
15. Stalking the Stalker [5:38]
16. Peter Loses His Head [4:04]
17. Bloodbath [3:27]
18. Armed and Dangerous [4:40]
19. Stage Fright [3:57]
20. The Key to the Freedom [3:04]
21. Alicia's Last Stand [4:48]
22. Sole Survivor [3:25]
23. Visions of the Dead [2:27]
24. End Credits [1:33]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Stagefright
   Chapter Selections
   Extras
      Trailer
      Michele Soavi Bio
   Audio Setup
      Dolby Digital Surround EX
      Dolby Surround 2.0
   Play
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    "Stage Fright" is one of the best and unusual slasher/horror movies ever made. It deals with a play production crew: cruel actress, rich sponsor, costume designer, malicious director, mellow producer, an acting couple in love, gay extra, rejected actress, and stage manager all locked in their playhouse with a psychotic killer named Irving, who went mad and killed 16 actors before. As the cast begins to succumb to numerous horrific deaths, the remaining victims begin to turn on eachother, until Irving is pitted against one actress, who has him hanging by his thumbs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Stage Fright is one of the best horror movies ever, it is definately an above average slasher flick. Stage Fright is about a play crew: evil, mean actress, nice producer, gay extra, rejected actress, cruel director, two acting lovers, seamstress, money sponsor, and stage manager, who are all locked in their playhouse with a berserk psycho, named Irving, who killed 16 actors before. But the movie gets better, once Irving is pitted against one smart actress, who really knows what she's doing. One of Michael Sioavi and Dario Argento's bests ever!!!!

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