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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The loud classical music that Wallace blasts over the theater system is from Sergei M. Eisenstein's film Battleship Potemkin (1925). See more »

Goofs

When Alicia uses the Fire Extinguisher on Irving Wallace, he falls and grabs a power cable to climb back up. In the wide shot of Irving Wallace climbing back up, in the far right corner of the frame, you can clearly see a cable, hoisting him up as he climbs up the cable. See more »

Quotes

Old Cop: My wife tells me I need to lose weight and she gives me spinach. Can you believe it? Spinach!
Young Cop: Your too fat anyway.
Old Cop: [flexes his arm] See that? Muscle, boy. Muscle.
Young Cop: She thinks you're Popeye.
Old Cop: Fuck Popeye.
[sees the young cop eating a donut; he looks jealous]
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Alternate Versions

The original 1986 UK Avatar video release was pre-cut by around 11 secs before BBFC submission with edits to a pickax murder, the drill murder, and the stabbing of Laurel. Later issues on the Redemption and Vipco labels were fully uncut. See more »


Soundtracks

Mystery Rouge
Performed by Mia
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Strong slasher debut from Soavi.
17 July 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'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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