An old Gothic cathedral, built over a mass grave, develops strange powers which trap a number of people inside with ghosts from a 12th Century massacre seeking to resurrect an ancient demon from the bowels of the Earth.
Feodor Chaliapin Jr.
An unknown killer, clad in World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35 year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance.
A troupe of struggling stage actors is rehearsing for a small-town production of a play. Everything seems to be as it should until one of the cast members turns up dead. In a panic, the others try to get out, only to find they are now locked in the theater with the killer! Which one of them committed the murder, and who will get out alive?Written by
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David Brandon played Caligula in Joe D'Amato's "Caligula: The Untold Story" (1982), while Robert Gligorov played Caligula in Lorenzo Onorati's "Caligula's Slaves" (1984). See more »
The old man tells Alicia that her Browning Hi-Power pistol would not fire because the safety catch was engaged. Later, he says that all Alicia had needed to do is load a round into the firing-chamber. On the Browning Hi-Power pistol, releasing the safety catch does not load a round into the firing-chamber. See more »
[Laurel is seen kissing Dominic when a light, operated by Brett, is shined on them]
Is our, uh, Cinderella ready to her scene, or does she still need time to warm up?
Brett, you're a fucking bastard!
Arose by any other name.
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The Australian VHS release of StageFright as it's called, has a few shots cut for it to be released, otherwise, it would have been banned. The shots cut are:
Under shot of Brett with the Driller through his chest is cut
Close up of the drill with loads of blood is cut
Wide shot of Danny pulling up Cybil with the intestines showing is cut
Close up of chainsaw cutting through Danny's chest
Irving sawing off Peter's arm remains for a few seconds but copious bleeding from the severed arm is cut
'Stage Fright' is an impressive directorial debut from Dario Argento collaborator Michele Soavi. Like most Italian horror the plot, characters and dialogue are nothing to write home about, the movie is really an excuse for some inventive and visually striking murders. Soavi shows he has learnt a lot stylistically from Argento, and I actually enjoyed this more than many of the latters post 'Tenebre' efforts. Soavi manages to give a refreshing twist on the often tired slasher genre, which is no mean feat, and something that hasn't been able to be achieved in the post-'Scream' slasher revival. While I liked 'Stage Fright', and recommend it, Soavi found his true voice later on with the superb zombie movie 'Dellamorte Dellamore', and the profoundly weird Satanic thriller 'The Sect' (co-written with his mentor Argento). 'Stage Fright' is above average but doesn't compare to the originality of those two.
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