Ah, Stage Fright. An interesting concept that fell flat. I wanted to like the movie, I really did. While it starts off feeling like B slasher of the Eighties, I quickly found myself asking “Why am I still watching this?” At some point I think the director forgot it was supposed to be a horror movie. The movie starts off horror enough. Two children talking to their mother congratulating her on her performance in an opera. They leave and the mother is killed.
Flash forward however many unspecified years, the children now in their teens (?) are in a theater camp. The camp is going to put on the same show that their mother was in before she was killed. There was a lot of annoying songs. The characters weren’t very likable, and the acting was sub-par. It took forty minutes of this before finally someone dies. The killer while masked, speaks/sings sounding alternately like Ozzy Osbourne and Bon Scott, which is a nice change from the cheery opera music, but still quite annoying. The only saving grace of this movie is the production value. Sadly not even Meatloaf (the singer, not the dinner) could save this movie.
When we finally get to the reveal of the killer, any horror fan would have guessed it an hour into the movie (less if it didn’t take so long to get to the point.) Yes the killer is clichè. If you must watch a horror musical there are better choices out there; Sweeney Todd, and Repo: The Genetic Opera just to name a few. Stage Fright just made me want the hour and twenty-eight minutes of my life it took to watch it back…
This movie gets a D in my opinion, clichè killer, unoriginal plot, annoying characters. Save your time and sanity and avoid this one.