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

Unrated  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  27 July 1987 (Italy)
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A group of auditioned stage actors rehearse for an upcoming musical production. While locking themselves in the theater for rehearsal, not knowing that an escaped psychopath sneaked into the theater with them.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Brandon ...
Peter
Barbara Cupisti ...
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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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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The loud classical music that Wallace blasts over the theater system is from Sergei M. Eisenstein's film Stachka (1925). See more »

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The old man tells Alicia that her Browning Hi-Power pistol would not fire because the safety catch was engaged. Later, he says that all Alicia had needed to do is load a round into the firing-chamber. On the Browning Hi-Power pistol, releasing the safety catch does not load a round into the firing-chamber. See more »

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Old Cop: My wife tells me i need to lose weight and she gives me spinach. Can you believe it? Spinach!
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Old Cop: Fuck Popeye.
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Featured in Eleven Days, Eleven Nights (1987) See more »

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A very satisfying thriller, visually and aurally, worth multiple viewings!
26 October 2003 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

STAGEFRIGHT aka AQUARIUS is a very stylish chiller from Michele Soavi, whose critical reputation rests on this film and the later CEMETERY MAN.

Certainly the film is derivative, and fans of this subgenre will surely comment that they have seen it all before; however, Soavi, like his mentor Dario Argento, is astute when he chooses the likes of ENNIO MORRICONE; GOBLIN, and now SIMON BOSWELL to score his films.

Boswell's compositions together with the opening and end titles written by Stefano Mainetti propel the film along, and provide an aural edge to the onscreen visuals. And if their contributions were not enough, the inspired, and uncredited use of Dmitri Shostakovich's 8th symphony, 3rd movement ("allegro non troppo"), reflects the imaginative touches that distinguish this film from many others.

The play/film within a film works quite well, especially as the cinema is acknowledged to be the art of illusion; indeed this conceit looks ahead to the two DEMONS films, set in a cinema, where the audience are overwhelmed with illusion become reality.

The acting is more than sufficient as the characters are written as types, and set up as victims, just as the heroine has a personality that sets her apart. Her final scenes with the killer are very effective indeed; her fearfulness make her vulnerable, her vulnerability draws us to her, and in drawing us to her, we submit to the relentless onslaught the killer pursues.

This is a film where the viewer/audience surely knows the outcome, but the satisfaction comes from the execution - literally - of the route that the filmmaker takes.

I now have this film on a budget UK DVD which reveals little - I am playing it back on a 16:9 TV, and am very pleased with the quality of the sound (mono) and the visuals, plus some of the unusual, though rare basic extras.


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