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The theatre of death
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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 ... Irving Wallace
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
Sheila Goldberg ... Nurse
Danny Gordon ... Dancer (as Dany Gordon)
Claude Jurman ... Dancer
Mark Parkinson ... Dancer
Helen Porter ... Dancer
Dominique Portier ... Dancer
Rackel Roskoff ... Dancer
Frank Senica ... Dancer
Simone Sadon ... Dancer (as Simone Sardon)
Albert Schultz ... Dancer

Sandi Schultz ... Dancer (as Sandy Schultz)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Eastman ... Irving Wallace (mask scenes only) (uncredited)
Alfonso Giganti ... Journalist (uncredited)
Michele Soavi ... Young Cop (uncredited)

Directed by
Michele Soavi  (as Michael Soavi)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George Eastman  (as Lew Cooper)
Sheila Goldberg  dialogue

Produced by
Joe D'Amato .... producer (as Aristide Massaccesi)
Donatella Donati .... producer
Original Music by
Guido Anelli 
Simon Boswell 
Stefano Mainetti 
Cinematography by
Renato Tafuri 
Film Editing by
Kathleen Stratton 
Costume Design by
Valentina Di Palma 
Makeup Department
Paola Bianchini .... hair stylist (as Sidney Le Roy)
Maria Grazia Mazzolini .... makeup artist (as Grace Ginsburg)
Adriana Sforza .... hair stylist (as Paula White)
Pietro Tenoglio .... makeup artist (as Peter Moore)
Production Management
Antonio Tacchia .... production manager (as Tony Hood)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claudio Lattanzi .... assistant director (as Clay Millicamp)
Art Department
Rubina Michettoni .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Massimo Anzellotti .... foley artist
Davide Castrati .... sound recordist (as David Lee)
John Gayford .... post synch director
Hubrecht Nijhuis .... sound engineer
Special Effects by
Robert Gold .... special effects (as Robert Gould)
Dan Maklansky .... special effects
Roland Park .... special effects
Alan Sloane .... special effects
Steve Lucescu .... stunt double
Giovanni Ukmar .... stunts (as John Ukmar)
Camera and Electrical Department
Saul Barry .... electrician
Patrizio Basili .... grip (as Peter Brockman)
Mark Caruso .... grip
Carlo Alberto Cocchi .... still photographer (as Jeff Hest)
Frank Cusimano .... grip
Renato Doria .... camera operator (as Jimmy Cohn)
Albert Ellis .... grip
Jeff Herbert .... electrician
Enrico Maggi .... camera operator (as Hanry May)
Arthur Malone .... electrician
Daniele Massaccesi .... assistant camera (as Daniel Kalehoff)
Silver Murray .... lighting technician
Salvatore Napoletano .... grip (as Jerry White)
Roberto Nicosia .... still photographer (as Robert Vinci)
Alfred Reed .... lighting technician
Lawrence Ross .... electrician
Peter Schrag .... electrician
Bob Siegel .... electrician
Paul Siegel .... electrician
Elio Terribili .... grip (as Brian Taitt)
Ugo Tucci .... grip (as John Dunn)
Sam Winston .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kuo Ami .... wardrobe
Mirella Pedetti .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Giuliana D'Angeli .... assistant editor (as July D'Angelo)
Enrico Grassi .... assistant editor (as Henry Robinson)
Other crew
Carlo Caputo .... production accountant
Vivi Levitt .... continuity (as Vivy Levitt)
Mary Noolite .... production assistant
John Therrien .... production assistant
Charles Wallach .... paymaster

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Deliria" - Italy (original title)
"StageFright: Aquarius" - International (English title) (complete title)
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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R18+ | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 (uncut) (2008) | Finland:K-16 (heavily cut) (1991) | France:12 | Germany:18 (SPIO/JK) (DVD version) (uncut) | Hong Kong:III | Italy:VM14 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/16 | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) | South Korea:18 (video rating) | UK:18 | USA:Unrated | West Germany:18 (cut)
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Did You Know?

During a screening at the Fantasia Film Festival fans threw white feathers from the theater balcony which showered down on the audience in a homage to the haunting finale of the film.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In the scene where the girl is cut in half, it is later revealed she was cut in half by a chainsaw. However, as this was happening, there wasn't single noise coming from the chainsaw.See more »
Brett:[grabs Corrine jokingly by the throat] Don't worry dear, it's only Mother, what's our bright-eyed Argenue reading now?
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.
[laurel sticks her middle finger up at him]
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Great Italian slasher by Michele Soavi, 20 July 2002
Author: Bogey Man from Finland

Michele Soavi's feature film debut as a director was this film, Stage Fright (aka Aquarius and Deliria) from 1987. The film was produced by veteran producer, cinematographer and director Aristide Massaccessi aka Joe D'Amato, who is responsible for many hard core porn films, action adventures and horror exploitationers from Anthropophagous the Beast to Buio Omega. Stage Fright is written by Luigi Montefiori aka George Eastman, the man who played the cannibalistic monster in D'Amato's Anthopophagous and Anthropophagous 2: Absurd, so Soavi's debut has many great names in its credits. The actors are also great and include Barbara Cupisti in lead role as Alicia, John Morghen (Giovanni Lombardo Radice) and the director himself in little role as a police officer. D'Amato gave Soavi pretty much freedom to do this film and he did the right thing by trusting this young talent: the result is fantastic piece of slasher cinema.

A group of stage play actors and crew members are practicing their newest number, a horror musical which seems and sounds by the way pretty interesting. It rains hard and one of the actresses hurts her leg, so she and her friend have to visit the hospital nearby. Everything goes fine, despite the fact that in the same hospital, there is a dangerous psychopath killer in mental health therapy and the same guy committed horrible murder some years ago. When he hears some young females are in the hospital, old memories start come his mind and willing to kill seems to be born again. When the girls return to the set, they soon find themselves trapped inside the huge building and someone killing them one by one. This is the structure of this film, and even though it sounds very usual, the film is very noteworthy and made by talented people.

There are great visuals in this film, and it is easy to see Soavi had been working with Argento before his own directorial career. There are twisted camera drives and angles and many little, but more than effective details, which are also among the elements that make Argento's masterpieces so great. There are many worth mentioning scenes and details in Soavi's film, and one is definitely the use of dummies especially at the very end of the film. They are so incredibly ominous at the end scene that it seems like which of the dummies is just dummy and which the killer! Totally stunning imagery and Soavi reminds me of another great horror director, Scott Spiegel, whose films are also full of little but effective details and crazy camera angles/drives. Spiegel is perhaps more positively crazy director than Soavi, who is pretty calm director, but they definitely share this unique style and innovation in their film making.

There are many scenes that will scare the viewer especially if the film is viewed in peace and alone in the dark, as recommended. The mask the killer wears is very scary and also many memorable scenes include that mask. The tension lasts throughout the film and Soavi really does great job by using visuals and also music in creating atmosphere and tension so rarely found in nowaday horror efforts. The murders themselves are very gruesome, but also very stylish and not too gratuitous, and that is another thing Soavi has learned without a doubt from Argento. The murders in Stage Fright are gory at times, and they may offend some viewers, but still I think they only serve the film as a whole, since the scenes are horrific without showing too much. I had seen the film previously on murky and bad quality VHS which didn't reveal as near as many little details than the version I saw now. Soavi shows very little at times, but it is much more than if he had shown "more"!

The only negative thing in this extraordinary film I found is the ending, since I don't know what it's all about. I mean the character who stays repeating line "Right between the eyes.." What is the point in this since it is so stupid and gratuitous, especially when the characters are mostly pretty believable and personal in this film. I would like to ask Montefiori, why he included such stupid ending in his screenplay, since it tones a little bit down the whole film and I really was left wondering what's the point in this repeating.

The stupid end is easy to forgive since there are so many positive things about this film. I really appreciate Soavi's work on this film, and also on his other films, like La Setta (Sect), La Chiesa (The Church) which are his films I've also seen. Hopefully this talent manages to continue his personal line and do more films, despite the fact that as a horror/fantasy director, Italy is not as great place to live and work as possible. Stage Fright deserves 9/10 from me.

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