Stay Alive (2006) Poster



Shot in 25 days.
Ben Foster was going to play the role of Hutch O'Neill, but gave the role to his brother Jon Foster instead because he thought it was better suited for him.
Steve Zahn was originally cast as Miller, but at the last second Adam Goldberg was cast in the role.
Video game reference: The old-fashioned camera that Abigail uses in the film is a reference to the popular "Fatal Frame" (known as "Rei Zero" in it's native Japan, and as "Project Zero" in Europe) series of horror/survival games, upon which the "Stay Alive" concept is partially based.
The filmmakers wanted an R rating, but the studio insisted the film be cut to a PG-13.
Countess Elizabeth Bathory did actually exist. However, for the perspective of the film, her story takes place in New Orleans, whereas historically she was located in Hungary.
This was the final production finished in New Orleans prior to Hurricane Katrina. Hollywood theatrical productions did not return until Buena Vista finally green-lighted Deja Vu (2006).
The first film from Hollywood Pictures in five years.
The code to strip the zombie concubines naked that Swink uses is 'Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A.' Which is also the Konami Code, a.k.a. Konami Command and Contra Code.
Milo Ventimiglia had to wear contacts in order to see through his glasses.
Although 'Entertainment Weekly' issued a D- rating for the theatrical release of Stay Alive, the Director's Cut garnered a respectable C+ rating.
The mansion that appears in the video-game at the beginning of the movie is a carbon copy of the one where the action of SEGA's 1998 light gun shooter 'The House of the Dead'.
Although the term "Blood Countess" is used in the movie's synopsis, it is never said within the movie. When Hutch and Abigail are hearing the story of Elizabeth Bathory from the author of the book "The Lady of Blood", the author says, "Thus began her obsession" (speaking of using the blood of the girls as a "Fountain of Youth", as Abigail says), to which Hutch replies, "The Blood Countess" (not in the theatrical version, but at approximately 1 hour 1 minute and 44 seconds on the uncut-version DVD).
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In the final Scene, a blue and a green controller are show right after the game store employee puts the game into the system. These are off brand Sega Dreamcast controllers.
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When the group first starts playing the game you will see "Bellman Games Presents" on the TV screens. This is a junction of the last names of both writers William Brent Bell & Matthew Peterman.
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