StageFright: Aquarius (1987)
"Deliria" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Horror  |  27 July 1987 (Italy)
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A group of stage actors lock themselves in the theater for a rehearsal of their upcoming musical production, unaware that an escaped psychopath has sneaked into the theater with them.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Brandon ...
Domenico Fiore ...
Police Chief (as Don Fiore)
Robert Gligorov ...
Mickey Knox ...
Old Cop
Giovanni Lombardo Radice ...
Brett (as John Morghen)
Clain Parker ...
Loredana Parrella ...
Corinne (as Lori Parrel)
Martin Philips ...
James Sampson ...
Willy (as James E.R. Sampson)
Ulrike Schwerk ...
Mary Sellers ...
Jo Ann Smith ...
Sybil (as Jo Anne Smith)
Piero Vida ...
Richard Barkeley ...
Dr. Porter


A troupe of struggling stage actors is rehearsing for a small-town production of a play. Everything seems to be as it should until one of the cast members turns up dead. In a panic, the others try to get out, only to find they are now locked in the theater with the killer! Which one of them committed the murder, and who will get out alive? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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The theatre of death




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27 July 1987 (Italy)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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Brett: [grabs Corrine jokingly by the throat] Don't worry dear, it's only Mother, what's our bright-eyed Argenue reading now?
Corinne: Stanizslakski.
Brett: Oh, saints preservece.
Corinne: It's what an actor prepares, it's fantastic.
Brett: Hmm, let me know when you get up to the part about making enough money to keep body and soul together
[laurel screams in background]
Brett: that's the information i can use. Oh, look at laurel, she's a perfect example of the method, really feels her part. Keep it up sweetie.
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Good Slasher Film From Michel Soavi...
20 January 2006 | by (St. John's Abortion Clinic) – See all my reviews

STAGE FRIGHT is another original take on a common theme by Italian director, Michel Soavi. Typically working with common genres, Soavi infuses his own stylish take on horror films which is a welcome change over many of the dull, derivative "knock-offs" that are usually done. Soavi did the same thing with DELLAMORTE DELLAMORE (another great film...) where he took the zombie genre and stood it on it's head, taking common themes and elements and transforming them into something new and refreshing. Although STAGE FRIGHT isn't a "unique" film in terms of the slasher genre, Soavi makes it more fun and interesting with his own unique twists...

The story is about an escaped mental patient who terrorizes a dance troupe who are locked in their rehearsal studio. Being that this is a slasher film at least partly in the "classical" sense, the members of the troupe are knocked off one-by-one in pretty original fashion.

One of the main strengths in STAGE FRIGHT are Soavi's obviously intelligent and competent direction. The film has pretty high production value, and the uncut DVD is transferred beautifully. My main gripe is in the sound level settings, where a good bit of the dialog is very quiet, and then when music plays it's exponentially louder than the dialog tracks. Not a big deal, but I had to constantly adjust the volume to hear the dialog during the dialog scenes, and then turn it down so that I didn't blow my ears out during scenes that had music. Speaking of the music, the score is typical early 80's Italian, with weird rock/synth instrumentals that sound like a weird, watered-down Billy Idol song. Not my favorite choice as far as scores go, but not a big deal either, and pretty typical of Italian horror films of that era. The plot in STAGE FRIGHT also had some decent twists, and the gore, although not extremely heavy, is far better than your average U.S.theatrical release. Overall, one of the better of the slasher films, highly recommended for fans of the genre - 8.5/10

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