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The Stay Awake (1988)

The ghost of a serial killer, executed for murdering students at a Catholic girls' school, returns to the school to take revenge on the current student body.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley Jane Harris ...
Trish Walton
Tanya Gordon
Jayne Hutton
Heath Porter ...
(as Heath Potter)
Ken Marshall ...
Mr. Stark
Lindsay Reardon ...
William John Brown (as Lindsey Reardon)
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(as Michelle Carey)
Christobel D'Orthez
Maxine John
Heilie Oeschger
Joanna Rowlands
Bart Fouche ...
Jason
Clinton Ephron ...
Robbie
Warren Du Preez ...
Larry
Pierre Jacobs ...
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The ghost of a serial killer, executed for murdering students at a Catholic girls' school, returns to the school to take revenge on the current student body.

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The night you couldn't sleep... even if you wanted to!

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24 November 1988 (South Africa)  »

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Pánico en la residencia  »

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Stay awake? You won't
19 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

Before Nu Image made a name for itself by making and distributing high-quality straight-to-video movies, they were known for making and distributing junk like this. "Stay Awake" may not be the worst horror movie, but it would probably be high on a list of the most BORING movies. After the execution scene at the beginning of the movie (supposedly taking place in America, though you see South African license plates), just about nothing of real consequence happens for the next forty or so minutes! And what does eventually happen is not worth the wait, with slaughter sequences that are tame in gore and blood, and directed with as little passion as you can imagine. There isn't even any gratuitous nudity! The characters are thin and all alike in nature, and there are a bunch of unanswered questions like how the spirit of an executed serial killer could cross an ocean - and WHY he would do this. There is no possible reason to seek out and watch this movie.


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