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Stay Alive - The Director's Cut (Widescreen

A movie directed by William Brent Bell

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A great horror movie... except for the last ten minutes.

  • Jan 31, 2007
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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 for the most part, it is executed well. Though you know what will happen next, and who is likely to die next, you still find yourself enjoying the film. Both likeable characters and fun special effects help this flow tremendously. Very stylistic, the movie blends videogame and movie very elegantly, the combination being more enjoyable than Silent Hill, or the second Mortal Kombat. Of course, dental surgery is more enjoyable than the second Mortal Kombat.

I was set to give this movie a glowing review and five stars, but unfortunately, like too many horror movies of late, this one falls apart at the end. There are elements that make no sense, and leave the viewer with a pained expression while trying to figure out where THAT came from. A few choice pieces of dialogue could have cleared some of these things up, but others come from far left center and are never explained (I can't list them because they would provide big time spoilers). The last two minutes just are so unnecessary they leave a bad taste in the viewers mouth. A few pieces of dialogue and some good editing would have made this a movie to rave for.

Still, this isn't a bad movie, and if you're in the mind for some decent horror AND you don't care the end isn't perfect, then I would take the time and money to check this one out. It's especially enjoyable if you are a gamer or have friends who are gamers.

Recommended for horror freaks and gamers.

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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 …
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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 ...
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Director: William Brent Bell
Genre: Horror
Release Date: March 24, 2006
DVD Release Date: September 19, 2006
Runtime: 85 minutes
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Hollywood
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