Stay Alive (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  24 March 2006 (USA)
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For a group of teens, the answer to the mysterious death of their old friend lies within the world of an online video game based on the true story of an ancient noblewoman known as the Blood Countess.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Detective Thibodeaux
Loomis Crowley
Nicole Oppermann ...
Monica Monica ...
Mrs. Crowley
Detective King
Young Rookie (as Richey Nash)


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

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It's the game of life and death.... See more »


Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for horror violence, disturbing images, language, brief sexual and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 March 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Death Game  »

Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,726,406 (USA) (24 March 2006)


$47,168 (South Africa) (17 November 2006)

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Technical Specs


| (Unrated Director's Cut) | (TV)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although 'Entertainment Weekly' issued a D- rating for the theatrical release of Stay Alive, the Director's Cut garnered a respectable C+ rating. See more »


October finds a book called the "Malleus Demonium" and claims it's the Witches' Hammer. The ACTUAL Witches' Hammer is titled the "Malleus Maleficarum" See more »


Phineus Bantum: Who talks like that to their brother like that anyway?
October Bantum: Somebody with an idiot for a brother.
Phineus Bantum: Oh my God, you're a terrible person.
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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: The Devil Inside (2013) See more »


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Written by Graham Russell
Produced by John Frizzell and Frederik Wiedmann
Performed by Jess Harnell
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User Reviews

it's entertaining!
27 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For what it is, this movie rocks! I know it's silly and predictable and even just plain-out awful, but it is ENTERTAINING, and yeah, I had fun laughing at it. Also, Some of it was creepy, but in a very formulaic way. Very fun. You should see it if you want a silly horror movie that doesn't completely suck. The countess was weird-looking, and that was somewhat purposeful because she's a VIDEO-GAME CHARACTER. Malcolm in the Middle was in it -- too bad, I thought that kid was actually good. The house itself is pretty creepy, and the game, if it does or will exist, would be very fun to play. C'Mon! You can't hate it for being bad, it even makes fun of itself! It is really a good hour and a half of...something. Something okay in my book.

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