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The Stay Awake (1988)

The ghost of a serial killer, executed for murdering students at a Catholic girls' school, returns to the school to take revenge on the current student body.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley Jane Harris Shirley Jane Harris ... Trish Walton
Tanya Gordon Tanya Gordon
Jayne Hutton Jayne Hutton
Heath Porter Heath Porter ... (as Heath Potter)
Ken Marshall Ken Marshall ... Mr. Stark
Lindsay Reardon Lindsay Reardon ... William John Brown (as Lindsey Reardon)
Michele Carey ... (as Michelle Carey)
Christobel D'Orthez Christobel D'Orthez
Maxine John Maxine John
Heilie Oeschger Heilie Oeschger
Joanna Rowlands Joanna Rowlands
Bart Fouche Bart Fouche ... Jason
Clinton Ephron Clinton Ephron ... Robbie
Warren Du Preez Warren Du Preez ... Larry
Pierre Jacobs Pierre Jacobs ... Arnie


The ghost of a serial killer, executed for murdering students at a Catholic girls' school, returns to the school to take revenge on the current student body.

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The night you couldn't sleep... even if you wanted to!




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South Africa



Release Date:

24 November 1988 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Pánico en la residencia See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Featured in Confessions of a Horror Baby: The Stay Awake (2010) See more »

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Really terrible horror film
10 October 2002 | by KatatoniaSee all my reviews

There are so many things wrong with this film that it's difficult to know where to begin. It almost seems that the voices were dubbed because they seem out of sync almost always. I'm left wondering if this was a foreign film or what exactly! The beginning of this movie starts with the execution of a murderer/rapist, and it's horribly funny what he says right before they gas him in the chamber. The first hour of the movie is really slow and boring and doesn't do anything to advance the plot. It never even remotely answers why the guy was executed in "1969" and suddenly comes back to life as a "ghost killer" in "1988". What the hell kind of dinky story is that? Even for a super-low budget movie that's just inexcusable. The last half hour of the movie is mildly decent, but the monster is one of the most pathetic things I've yet to see in any low budget horror picture...can we say it looks like a cheap Halloween suit bought at Wal-Mart??? Because that's about what it looks like...it's so horrible that it's funny beyond words. Also, you'd think with a couple of the attractive actresses in the movie that they would have inserted some gratuitous nudity scenes to at least keep certain audiences entertained. What does it do though...a shower scene with very partial nudity?? I think this was most likely the film maker's first project (and hopefully their last). Unless you just have to see every bad horror film ever made take my advice and avoid this one. Although it might not be bad if you want to see a movie that literally fails in every area.

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