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StageFright (1987)

Deliria (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | 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.

Director:

(as Michael Soavi)

Writers:

(as Lew Cooper), (dialogue)
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Cast

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

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

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Release Date:

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

At Minute marker 43:38 you can see a black and white photo of the villain from Joe D'Amato's . 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 »

Quotes

Peter: [laurel is seen kissing with Dominic while a light, operated by Brett, is on them] Is our, uh, Cinderella ready to her scene or does she still need time to warm up?
Laurel: Brett, you're a fucking bastard!
Brett: Arose by any other name.
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Soundtracks

Mystery Rouge
Performed by Mia
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A simply outstanding horror film!
16 December 2004 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Four films might be too little to judge, but I think Michele Soavi is the best Italian horror director since Mario Bava. Regarding several aspects, his visions and attitude surpass those of praised directors like Lamberto Bava, Umberto Lenzi and even Dario Argento. Stagefright has got a simple plot (much simpler that those in Soavi's later movies) but that makes it all the more accessible and enjoyable. The plot involves an escaped lunatic who stumbles into a theater where a group is rehearsing an artistic play. The mentally weak man, unable to separate reality from his own demented imagination, considers himself to be at home and violently begins to annihilate cast and crew. Even though the premise is perfect for sinking low in gore slashing, Soavi prefers to focus on creating tense situations and making you feel one with the characters and – as a result of this – petrified as well. The stylishly filmed sets and efficient scenery makes it feel like you're watching a more sophisticated version of Bava's "Demons". This is exactly what makes him such a brilliant director! Give him little and he still manages to deliver a fully equipped horror film. Call me nuts, but I think there are directors who actually have the talent to make violence look like art…and Soavi definitely is one of them. Stagefright has a terrific musical score and a few familiar faces in the cast. Most memorable appearance unquestionably is made by Giovanni Lombardo Radice. This Italian cult actor appears in multiple gore highlights and practically always comes to a horrible end… Stagefright comes with the highest possible recommendation. In case you dug this film, you're ready for Soavi's "the Sect" and "Dellamorte Dellamore".


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