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StageFright (1987)

Deliria (original title)
Unrated | | Horror, Thriller | 21 August 1987 (Italy)
A group of stage actors lock themselves in the theater for a rehearsal of their upcoming musical production, unaware that an escaped psychopath has sneaked into the theater with them.

Director:

Michele Soavi (as Michael Soavi)

Writers:

George Eastman (as Lew Cooper), Sheila Goldberg (dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Brandon ... Peter
Barbara Cupisti ... Alicia
Domenico Fiore Domenico Fiore ... Police Chief (as Don Fiore)
Robert Gligorov Robert Gligorov ... Danny
Mickey Knox ... Old Cop
Giovanni Lombardo Radice ... Brett (as John Morghen)
Clain Parker ... Irving Wallace
Loredana Parrella Loredana Parrella ... Corinne (as Lori Parrel)
Martin Philips Martin Philips ... Mark
James Sampson ... Willy (as James E.R. Sampson)
Ulrike Schwerk Ulrike Schwerk ... Betty
Mary Sellers ... Laurel
Jo Ann Smith Jo Ann Smith ... Sybil (as Jo Anne Smith)
Piero Vida Piero Vida ... Ferrari
Richard Barkeley Richard Barkeley ... Dr. Porter
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Storyline

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 Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The theatre of death

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

21 August 1987 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

StageFright See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

DMV Distribuzione,Filmirage See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first feature directed by Michele Soavi. See more »

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In the shower scene, after Alicia wakes up, the shower curtains are shown closing, but then they suddenly move; they are clearly two separate shots. See more »

Quotes

Peter: [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?
Laurel: Brett, you're a fucking bastard!
Brett: Arose by any other name.
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A simply outstanding horror film!
16 December 2004 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Four films might be too little to judge, but I think Michele Soavi is the best Italian horror director since Mario Bava. Regarding several aspects, his visions and attitude surpass those of praised directors like Lamberto Bava, Umberto Lenzi and even Dario Argento. Stagefright has got a simple plot (much simpler that those in Soavi's later movies) but that makes it all the more accessible and enjoyable. The plot involves an escaped lunatic who stumbles into a theater where a group is rehearsing an artistic play. The mentally weak man, unable to separate reality from his own demented imagination, considers himself to be at home and violently begins to annihilate cast and crew. Even though the premise is perfect for sinking low in gore slashing, Soavi prefers to focus on creating tense situations and making you feel one with the characters and – as a result of this – petrified as well. The stylishly filmed sets and efficient scenery makes it feel like you're watching a more sophisticated version of Bava's "Demons". This is exactly what makes him such a brilliant director! Give him little and he still manages to deliver a fully equipped horror film. Call me nuts, but I think there are directors who actually have the talent to make violence look like art…and Soavi definitely is one of them. Stagefright has a terrific musical score and a few familiar faces in the cast. Most memorable appearance unquestionably is made by Giovanni Lombardo Radice. This Italian cult actor appears in multiple gore highlights and practically always comes to a horrible end… Stagefright comes with the highest possible recommendation. In case you dug this film, you're ready for Soavi's "the Sect" and "Dellamorte Dellamore".


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