When Kimberly has a violent premonition of a highway pileup she blocks the freeway, keeping a few others meant to die, safe...Or are they? The survivors mysteriously start dying and it's up to Kimberly to stop it before she's next.
A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan,
Loomis Crowley is testing the underground game Stay Alive with his friends Sarah and Rex. When the game is over, Loomis finds Rex and Sarah dead in their room, and he is pushed by a shadow from the staircase, breaking the banister and hanging the same way he died in the game. Loomis' sister, Emma, gives his game to his best friend, Hutch. They, and his friends Miller, Phineus with his sister October, Swink and Abigail play the game together. When Miller and Phineus die the same way they died in the game, the survivors disclose that the game is based on the life of the evil Countess Elizabeth Bathory. She was buried alive in the tower of her real state in the Geronge Plantation. With the police chasing them, and after the death of October, the survivors reach the house and try to find the corpse of the Countess to destroy her fiend. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Stay Alive follows a group of twentysomethings as they uncover an evil video game, titled Stay Alive, that sends a nasty "Blood Countess" to kill its players in real life when they die within the game. The film isn't frequently scary, as most of the gore has obviously (and haphazardly) been hacked and edited down so that the film would receive a PG-13 rating. I still, to this day, will never understand why filmmakers allow their creations to be stripped and retooled for the sake of a rating. Much of the impact of what would have been the gruesome scenes in Stay Alive are diminished to brief flashes that don't even register as images. A bit of the language has been edited down as well, which is just plain ludicrous and silly. Guys and girls in their 20s don't exclaim "fudge" when they're scared. They just don't. The filmmakers must know this. Oddly enough, even through all of the negatives that the film has stacked up against it, I still enjoyed watching the film. While the supporting cast is not worth mentioning, the film's star, Jon Foster, from the short-lived television show Life as We Know It, shows real talent, which is good since he carries the entire film. The film also does a good job of not depending on it's video game content, while utilizing it very well to create atmosphere and mood. And yes, when the "Blood Countess" finally gets enough screen time to be creepy, and the film works towards its fairly potent climax, I was engrossed and happy. The film is deeply flawed, but entertaining nonetheless.
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