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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.


(as Michael Soavi)


(as Lew Cooper), (dialogue)

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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 <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The theatre of death




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21 August 1987 (Italy)  »

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StageFright  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Before his death in 1999 Joe D'Amato was planning to remake Stage Fright as Willy Shocks Treatment, the film was to take place in a TV station which was reopening where years earlier a TV host called Willy Shocks had killed his wife who he found having an affair, years pass and the TV station reopens for the murders to start again. The killer would have worn a costume made out of light-bulbs instead of the owl mask that's in Stage Fright. Another idea Joe D'Amato had was set on board a cruise ship heading for Barcelona, the killer was to have been a mad violinist. See more »


When Alicia is underneath the stage trying to get the key, the gun in her hand changes from an automatic pistol to a revolver in one shot - and then back to the automatic. See more »


Peter: Don't just stand there, KILL HER!
[Irving Wallace retrieves a knife from his waist]
Peter: What's the knife got to do with anything?
[Irving Wallace starts stabbing Corinne]
Peter: yeah, that's it.
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Soavi's Delirious And Creepy Feature Length Debut
20 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

There is no doubt that Michele Soavi's "Deliria" aka. "Stage Fright" of 1987 is a suspenseful and stylish slasher. As an avid fan of Italian Horror cinema, however, I have to say that the film is, in my opinion, slightly overrated by most of my fellow Italian Horror buffs. The film does very effectively build up tension, however, and while the story is simple it also fast-paced and intense and does not get boring for a second. A group of stage actors, entirely at odds with each other as well as with their arrogant director, are doing rehearsals for a play in a remote theater. They soon have other things to worry about than their little disputes, when the entire theater is suddenly stalked by a murderous madman... I can see why many of my fellow Italian Horror fans love this film. It is a very effective and immensely creepy film, no doubt, but I couldn't say it is an outstanding or brilliant film. Yet it does have many ingenious elements. The killer, who is referred to as the night-owl wears an over-sized owl-mask which looks extremely creepy. Also, the film is often quite artistically done, and the murder sequences are superb. The acting performances are quite good too, Italian Horror buffs will especially appreciate the casting of cult-actor Giovanni Lombardo Radice, who has an atypical role as a very gay dancer. The script was written by another cult-actor, George Eastman ("Cani Arrabiati", "Antropophagus", "Absurd"). All things considered, "Stage Fright" is a creepy and more than worthwhile Horror film, even if it is not the masterpiece some claim it is, in my opinion. Michele Soavi sure is a great director (his Zombie-extravaganza "Dellamorte Dellamore" of 1994 is without doubt one of the greatest Horror films of the 90s), and this is his creepy feature film debut. Enjoy!

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