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StageFright (1987)

Deliria (original title)
Unrated | | Horror, Thriller | 21 August 1987 (Italy)
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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(as Michael Soavi)

Writers:

(as Lew Cooper), (dialogue)
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Alicia
Domenico Fiore ...
Police Chief (as Don Fiore)
Robert Gligorov ...
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Brett (as John Morghen)
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Loredana Parrella ...
Corinne (as Lori Parrel)
Martin Philips ...
Mark
James Sampson ...
Willy (as James E.R. Sampson)
Ulrike Schwerk ...
Betty
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Jo Ann Smith ...
Sybil (as Jo Anne Smith)
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Richard Barkeley ...
Dr. Porter
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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 <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The theatre of death

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Horror | Thriller

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Co-writer Sheila Goldberg plays the nurse that tries to turn Betty and Alicia away at the psych ward. See more »

Goofs

When Alicia uses the Fire Extinguisher on Irving Wallace, he falls and grabs a power cable to climb back up. In the wide shot of Irving Wallace climbing back up, in the far right corner of the frame, you can clearly see a cable, hoisting him up as he climbs up the cable. See more »

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Peter: [the survivors hear classical music start to play] He's enjoying himself! Do you realize he's enjoying himself!
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Referenced in Paura: Lucio Fulci Remembered - Volume 1 (2008) See more »

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Mystery Rouge
Performed by Mia
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Highly stylish Italian slasher is one of the best!
10 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

Michele Soavi's debute film was this wonderful Italian horror film that's simply one of the best slasher films ever made!

Cast and crew of a stage production find themselves locked inside their theater with an escaped homicidal maniac!

Stylish and colorful direction highlight this excellent giallo film. Soavi makes the most of his clever cinematic techniques with inventive camera work and nice set pieces. Soavi has obviously taken a page from director Dario Argento in his artsy directorial style. He turns the dank catacombs of the theater into a dark, shadowy playground for our killer, who wears a truly spooky owl's head. Soavi sets up an atmosphere of great tension, setting the occurrences during a thunderstorm, using great re-occurring imagery and making even the huge theater a claustrophobic trap for our cast. There's some great moments of smart suspense as well, like the sequence with Alicia under the stage.

Being a giallo film, there's a lot of bloody scenery to be had. There's plenty of vicious, memorable murder sequences that will please any gore-hound to no end!

The cast is pretty good, even if they are dubbed something fierce. Barbara Cupisti is fetching as the films leading lady. The film boasts a weird and beautiful rock score that has a awesome contrast with the films visuals.

All in all, Stage Fright aka Deliria is a top-notch film that's a true must-see for horror fans everywhere!

*** 1/2 out of ****


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