Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Stagefright (1987) aka Deliria aka Bloody Bird aka Sound Stage Massacre

3.5 / 5
Tagline: The theater of death
Directed by: Michele Soavi
Written by: George Eastman, Sheila Goldberg
Actors include: David Brandon, Barbara Cupisti, Domenico Fiore
Genre: Horror
Length: 94 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: Italy

I wasn't all that sure that I liked this one until it got near the end and I felt like the payoff was worthwhile. See I was expecting a lot more from Soavi since "Cemetery Man" was so fabulous, but instead this was more of a slow mover, and not terribly creative. The story spends a lot of time with a dance troupe who is rehearsing with lots of attractive ladies of course that are getting bumped off. The amusing part is that the play they are rehearsing a musical about a serial killer...could it be the same one who is bothering the cast? Although isn't the most fantastic film ever or anything Soavi's stylish way of filming this really makes it easy enough to watch and gives it a bit of an edge over so many other '80s slashers. Also this is rather gory and the deaths are really something which should definitely appeal to bloodhounds. Although no one piece of this is outstanding, the total effect is that of a film that should be seen by most horror fans, but maybe after all the really exciting films have been seen!

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