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Stay Alive (2006)

PG-13 | | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery | 24 March 2006 (USA)
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For a group of teens, the answer to the mysterious death of their old friend lies within the world of an online video game based on the true story of an ancient noblewoman known as the Blood Countess.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Foster ... Hutch
Samaire Armstrong ... Abigail
Frankie Muniz ... Swink
Jimmi Simpson ... Phineus
Wendell Pierce ... Detective Thibodeaux
Milo Ventimiglia ... Loomis Crowley
Sophia Bush ... October
Adam Goldberg ... Miller Banks
Billy Slaughter ... Rex
Nicole Oppermann Nicole Oppermann ... Sarah
April Wood April Wood ... Loretta
Monica Monica Monica Monica ... Mrs. Crowley
Rio Hackford ... Detective King
Billy Louviere Billy Louviere ... Fidget
J. Richey Nash ... Young Rookie (as Richey Nash)
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Storyline

Loomis Crowley is testing the underground game Stay Alive with his friends Sarah and Rex. When the game is over, Loomis finds Rex and Sarah dead in their room, and he is pushed by a shadow from the staircase, breaking the banister and hanging the same way he died in the game. Loomis' sister, Emma, gives his game to his best friend, Hutch. They, and his friends Miller, Phineus with his sister October, Swink and Abigail play the game together. When Miller and Phineus die the same way they died in the game, the survivors disclose that the game is based on the life of the evil Countess Elizabeth Bathory. She was buried alive in the tower of her real state in the Geronge Plantation. With the police chasing them, and after the death of October, the survivors reach the house and try to find the corpse of the Countess to destroy her fiend. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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You Die In The Game - You Die For Real See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for horror violence, disturbing images, language, brief sexual and drug content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stay Alive See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,726,406, 26 March 2006

Gross USA:

$23,086,480

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,105,095
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Unrated Director's Cut) | (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Steve Zahn was originally cast as Miller, but at the last second Adam Goldberg was cast in the role. See more »

Goofs

(at around 54 mins) When Hutch, Abigail, and Swink are driving to the mansion near the end of the movie, the upholstery of the seat that Swink's sitting on changes from maroon to blue between shots. See more »

Quotes

Stay Alive Game Voice-Over: When fear criples you, when death's dark shadow surrounds you, drop a rose. It will help you... stay alive.
Swink Sylvania: We should drop one when we meet up with a boss we can't face.
October Bantum: Yeah, the undead can't cross the twig of a wild rose.
Phineus Bantum: That is what happens when you read too much goth chick lit.
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Alternate Versions

DVD is 100 min Unrated Director's Cut, versus the theatrical 85 min release. This alternate version includes a new character and subplot. It also features graphic nudity and more gore. See more »

Connections

References Area 51 (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Dreams
Written by Graham Russell
Produced by John Frizzell and Frederik Wiedmann
Performed by Jess Harnell
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Not the best I've ever seen... but decent.
24 March 2006 | by imoen4everSee all my reviews

I saw "Stay Alive" tonight, and I was surprised to come home and read reviews discounting it as stupid or pointless.

Actually, I think that the plot was fairly substantial and well thought out for a horror movie--especially a PG-13 one. Granted, it probably would have been better as an R version, but there's always a chance for an unrated DVD. This movie made me think AND scared me, which is a combination hard to find. The time line is fairly stable and simple to follow--except parts of the end--which makes for an enjoyable experience. Without worrying about when things are happening, you are free to instead concentrate on WHY they are happening.

I really liked the video game plot--it was entertaining enough just to watch the gamers get so into it! Everything is interconnected, so it kept me interested enough to look past the "jumpy" parts to the underlying meanings and symbolism.

The characters were fairly dynamic and complex, and the acting was much better than I expected. I actually FELT for them, an element often missing from horror films. The procession of events may have been slightly predictable at times, but the characters remained real and believable throughout. I was happy to see that everything wasn't discarded simply in the name of gore.

The lighting was surprisingly good for this genre--every scene was well-lit and easy to make out what was happening. The colors were perfect to set the mood, and the cinematography was on the better side of average: no complaints here.

Overall, although the ending was a bit of a let-down, I believe this is worth seeing if you like horror movies that also make you THINK--it's not all about scares. I'm also a novice gamer, so I might have appreciated it more than a non-gamer--I don't know.

In conclusion--it's worth a shot.


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