SYNOPSIS OF STAGE FRIGHT:
“Starry-eyed teenager Camilla Swanson wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a Broadway diva, but she’s stuck working in the kitchen of a snobby performing arts camp. Determined to change her destiny, she sneaks in to audition for the summer showcase and lands a lead role in the play, but just as rehearsals begin, blood starts to spill, and Camilla soon finds herself terrified by the horror of musical theatre.”
I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I watched this movie – I again blame this on my friend. After watching Dead Snow 2, we needed a good follow up movie so he suggested this little musical number. I had never heard about this movie until he told me about it, but I thought what the hell – nothing wrong with a horror musical.
This move was terrifying and not in the way someone wants a horror movie to be terrifying. I think I was more scared of the kids that attended the performing arts camp then I was at any other point in the movie. The directors of the movie, Chris Lofing and Jerome Sable, made the kids just crawl under your skin. Granted they are supposed to be portrayed as these “loser broadway loner kids that get bullied in regular school” but they are just so weird and creepy that I started to get uncomfortable – especially with one of the kids who only dressed in a nude body suit (he’s the one all the way to the left).
However, I will say that the movie was fun. The acting isn’t really that great (though there is a fun cameo by Minnie Driver and Meatloaf) but I enjoyed everything that I was watching. I liked that the directors poked fun at the names of the plays that were being done, for example the name of the musical that was being performed was “The Haunting of the Opera” – a kabuki version of “The Phantom of the Opera.” The killer wore a badass kabuki mask and sang metal music and killed people in a hardcore fashion (while singing of course). There is definitely some gore in the movie but nothing like Dead Snow 2 (thank God – I definitely needed some breathing room after that lol). Overall, I did highly enjoy this movie – it’s definitely not for everyone though – I suggest going into this movie with an open mind and no expectations other than having a good time. ”Stage Fright” gets 3 skulls out of 5 skulls from me because it made me laugh so much – not due to being scary.
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