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Teen fodder like this isn't known for sophistication or storytelling depth, but the filmmakers seem to take the film's video-game theme as permission to eschew even the horror genre's exceedingly lenient minimums for characterization. Videogames are no longer brainless, so why are videogame movies so slow to evolve? An anemic attempt to update the horror genre's imperiled-teens-meet-bloodletting-uber-fiend substratum. It's unlikely that Stay Alive could ever have been a good movie in the traditional sense, but it might have been better if Bell and co-writer Matthew Peterman had done more to exploit their gaming premise.
One of those movies that thinks loud sounds and shaky cameras account for scares, and reminding of us of truly scary gaming experiences only amplifies its weaknesses.
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If Stay Alive teaches us anything, it's that videogames and horror films do not mix It's so bad it's good. It's enjoyable, but when your watching it, you know that it's a bad movie!
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It is not a bad Movie but I wish the game they played in the Movie would have been made as well, it would have been fun. More Top Movies Trailers Forums. Apocalypse Better Call Saul: Season 4 Castle Rock: Season 1 The Deuce: Season 2 Fear the Walking Dead: Season 3 The Walking Dead: View All Photos After the mysterious, brutal death of an old friend, a group of teenagers find themselves in possession of "Stay Alive," an ultra-realistic 3-D videogame based on the spine-chilling true story of a 17th century noblewoman, known as "The Blood Countess.
Not able to resist temptation, the kids begin to play the grisly game but soon make a chilling connection -- they are each being murdered one-by-one in the same way as the characters they played in the game.
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As the line between the game world and the real world disappears, the teens must find a way to defeat the vicious and merciless Blood Countess, all the while trying to PG for horror violence, disturbing images, language, brief sexual and drug content. William Brent Bell , Matthew Peterman. Jon Foster as Hutch O'Neill. Frankie Muniz as Swink Sylvania. Samaire Armstrong as Abigail.
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Sophia Bush as October Bantum. Jimmi Simpson as Phineas Bantum. Adam Goldberg as Miller Banks.
Milo Ventimiglia as Loomis Crowley. Wendell Pierce as Detective Thibodeaux. Billy Slaughter as Rex. Nicole Oppermann as Sarah. Nicole Opperman as Sarah.
While everyone's playing the game, Phinneas discovers that while the Blood Countess can break the glass in players' mirrors, the mirrors can still be used by turning them around, as it turns out the the frames were made from reflective metal. This gives him the opening he needs to set the room on fire. For the world at large: In spite of Hutch and co's struggles, Stay Alive has been released in stores, having apparently finished its beta testing and reached its release date by the end of the movie.
As the GameStop clerk from earlier eagerly heads home with his copy, numerous voices are reciting the opening chant in unison as the game's opening plays, ending on a foreboding shot of Game! Elizabeth, implying that the movie's events are going to happen all over again for all of these players. Everything Trying to Kill You: The game definitely features this. Happens to October, who's for bonus points is actually Hutch's original love interest.
Literally less than half a day after the brutal death of his girlfriend, Hutch seemingly forgets all about her and hooks up with Abigail instead. Our hero, ladies and gentleman!
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If someone just leaves the game The creator of Stay Alive wanted to make a horror game unlike any other, using his obsession with Elizabeth Bathory and her life for inspiration. It ends up being so authentic that it game ends up calling her vengeful spirit back from the grave to scare and murder all the players as she pleases. This movie is rated PG One of the most obvious was the second victim. The game was apparently made by one guy drawing creepy pictures in a notebook. Over the course of the movie we see almost his entire house and he doesn't even have a computer.
The ghostly haunts of the video game can be repelled by using a single rose though it gets used up in doing so. This extends to the real world as well, and Swink crashing into a thicket of them right as Elizabeth Bathory is about to murder him ends up saving his life. Nintendo Hard Pac Man Fever: The movie gets certain details close enough to right that it serves only to piss off the few audience members that actually know what they're talking about.
Rage Against the Reflection: Elizabeth Bathory really hates the sight of her reflection, and so she smashes every mirror and glass surface she comes across. Room Full of Crazy: The game creator's attic, filled with nothing but his design notes and concept art for Stay Alive, his collection of Elizabeth Bathory's life story that he uses as inspiration, and realistic scale models of some of the horror creature enemies used in the game itself. And also his corpse, as Abigail finds during her investigation.
After Miller's death, Hutch starts to think someone like this is responsible and is using the game as their modus operandi, as everyone who has played Stay Alive ends up dead, each killed in the exact same way their player characters were slain. Of course, given the premise, he's right, But it isn't until after Phinneas' death that he realizes that the game itself is the cause, rather than someone tracking their game progress.
One of Elizabeth Bathory's favorite murder tools. A Steamboy poster can be seen hanging in the background in a scene.