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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
When Hutch shoves Abigail into the crypt and closes the door, there is no artificial light source. After Hutch fends off the phantom carriage and enters the crypt, there is still no artificial light source. Upon pushing the lid of the sarcophagus open, there is still no artificial light source. When the camera pans back out to them pushing the lid, a lantern appears out of nowhere and is lit. See more »
Polished performances, actors are eye-candy, unpredictable, magic realism, engages the viewers, audience cares what happens to the gamers,world-class visual effects, school of Corman directing expertise for those who are discerning when it comes to knowing what's important in a perfect grade B excursion in the vintage horror genre; atmospheric; devastating nemesis, terror is left to the capable imagination of real fans of the genre; delightful treat for video game fans; will make the viewer think twice about the next video game purchase; nightmarish, goosebumps and cold sweaty palms waiting for the incredible denouement; kudos to William Brent Bell's skillful direction and joint authorship of script with erudite Matthew Peterman.
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