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Straight from the set-'em-up and knock-'em-down school of teen-horror filmmaking,Stay Alivegives literal meaning to the parental lament, "Those games will kill you someday." Not that you'll find any parents in this gimmicky thriller set in New Orleans; they're conspicuously absent when Hutch (Jon Foster) and his hardcore gamer pals discover "Stay Alive," a mysterious next-generation computer game that has a nasty way of precipitating mayhem, horror, and death. If your character dies in the game, you're doomed to die in identically grisly fashion in real life. So, just don't play the game, right? WRONG. This being a teen horror flick with a screenplay that makes no sense whatsoever, the gamer pals (including victim #2, Hutch's boss, played with game-addicted fervor by Adam Goldberg) obsessively investigate the game and its creepyRing-like origins in the 17th century murder spree of a woman known as "The Blood Countess." Because movies like this are best viewed on a steady diet of Pop Tarts and Ritalin, Jimmi Simpson earns top honors as the gamer pal with the creepiest behavior, andMalcolm in the Middlefans will enjoy the presence of Frankie Muniz as a gamer geek whose primary fashion statement consists of grimy T-shirts and green plastic poker-visors. While not nearly as fun or clever as theFinal Destinationmovies,Stay Alivedelivers a few good deaths while blatantly stealing most of its horror highlights fromJu-Onand other Japanese horror hits. It's junk from start to finish, but its target audience of mallrats and gamers (especially those with attention deficit disorder, which helps to ignore the plot holes) won't mind a bit.--Jeff Shannon
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CastFrankie Muniz, Jimmi Simpson, Wendell Pierce, Samaire Armstrong, Jon Foster
DirectorWilliam Brent Bell
Genre:  Horror
Release Date:  March 24, 2006
Screen WriterWilliam Brent Bell, Matthew Peterman
DVD Release Date:  September 19, 2006
Runtime:  85 minutes
Studio:  Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Hollywood
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review by . July 06, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
*1/2 out of ****     "Stay Alive" is an almost perfect example of what most would call a "so-bad-it's-good" film, bumped up from perfection only by the fact that, while there's plenty unintentional laughter to be had, none of it is genuine, honorable, or worth remembering. Sure, I admit that I had a few good chuckles whilst watching this less-than-fine product, although will I watch it again so that I can laugh again as well? No, I don't think so.    Literally …
review by . November 01, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
So that I wouldn't have to stay awake.     "Stay Alive" is a bland horror movie about a video game that kills people the same way they die inside the game. The friends that play this game soon figure this out, and then realize they must defeat the Blood Countess from the video game or accept their fates.     We've had video tapes in "The Ring," a deadly website in "Fear Dotcom," and of course video games movies such as this one. "Stay Alive" does some things …
review by . January 31, 2007
The title says a lot, but allow me a few words of explanation. Stay Alive is a fun horror movie about a demonically possessed video game and a group of gamers who fall prey to it. Stay Alive is actually a video game still in the testing stages which is based (loosely) on the legend of Countess Bathory. However, the gamers soon find that what happens in the video game, happens in the real world as blood begins flying and gamers start dying.     The plot is very formulaic, but …
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