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Stage Fright Blu-ray Review

Stage Fright Blu-ray

“Stage Fright” is a fun horror-comedy musical.

“Stage Fright” (not to be confused with the 1987 horror film) begins by showing an up and coming Broadway star (Kylie) performing in the fictional “The Haunting of the Opera” musical play (which is clearly a take on “The Phantom of the Opera”). After the performance, this bound to be star is murdered by a person dressed as the masked phantom. Who killed her and for what reason is initially unknown. The film then jumps ahead several years where Kylie’s daughter (Camila), brother (Buddy), and boyfriend (Roger) are working at a Performing Arts camp. While there, Camila decides to follow in her mother’s footsteps by trying out for the lead role in a Feudal Japan themed version of “The Haunting of the Opera.” Much like the night where her mother died, however, this performance of “The Haunting of the Opera” goes horribly wrong when bodies start piling up. Is the same killer from the past back again or is there a new killer on the loose? All is revealed in the end.

Written and directed by Jerome Sable (best known for the fun musical short “The Legend of Beaver Dam”), “Stage Fright” is a horror-comedy musical that is clearly a mishmash of tributes to such films and shows as Dario Argento’s “Opera,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Sleepaway Camp,” “Repo! The Genetic Opera” and perhaps even “Glee.” While those who loathe musicals will likely not give this film the time of day, viewers who are more open minded may find themselves buying into this surprisingly entertaining musical/horror spoof that is filled with pleasantly catchy songs and, of course, bloody mayhem.

Perhaps the film’s only disappointment is the masked killer who roams the camp (whose identity is so obvious by the way). Between the weird high voice singing and the metal themed music, the character simply doesn’t work on screen. The bad one-liners don’t help the character either.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? This Blu-ray disc contains a bright and colorful transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The musical numbers hit you with full force with this excellent audio track.

Extras:
* Magnolia trailers, “Stage Fright” trailer, and AXS TV ad.
* 2 deleted scenes.
* “Stage Fright Sing-Along” gives viewers the options to play each song with sing-along subtitles.
* “AXS TV: A Look At Stage Fright”- The standard AXS TV featurette about the movie.
* A 17 minute interview with Jerome Sable and Eli Batalion. The two chat about their past collaborations, “The Legend of Beaver Dam,” “Stage Fright,” etc.
* “The Making of Stage Fright” contains the usual behind-the-scenes footage, film clips, cast and crew interviews, and discussions about the film.
* “In Memory of a Fallen Camper”- Cutting room floor footage of the Bethany character.
* ‘The Evolution of the Set Design” contains comparisons between storyboard paintings and final footage of certain sets.
* Commentary by Jerome Sable and Eli Batalion. Basically an extension of the interview with much more set stories and behind-the-scenes info.

Overall Thoughts: In an age where remakes, sequels, and found footage horror films run rampant, “Stage Fright” is a refreshingly fun little horror-comedy musical. Check it out.

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July 26, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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