Stay Alive

Film, Drama

Time Out says

A teen horror movie with ideas above its PlayStation, this simply dresses up the ‘lambs-to-the-slaughter’ formula with modish computer-game settings and pixellated images. When a friend dies while playing an illicit advance copy of horror survival game ‘Stay Alive’, the usual disposable teens – buttoned-down law clerk Hutch, goth girl October, her punky brother Phineas, tech wizard Swink and shy photographer Abigail – ignore the obvious warning signs (‘When you die in the game, you die for real’) and initiate a multi-player suicide session.

The nicely textured 3D opening suggests a new dimension of bleeding-edge horror, where ‘perceptive reality’ is bent out of shape, and the actual and virtual worlds meld in confusing, dangerous ways. Unfortunately, what follows is a noisy, tedious jumble of 2D characters, predictable plot twists, geek speak and crawling female ghosts borrowed from Hideo Nakata’s much-imitated ‘Ring’ series. Not to mention the spurious introduction of seventeenth-century Hungarian virgin-slaughterer Elizabeth Bathory, aka The Bloody Countess, whose bizarre and unexplained re-appearance on a New Orleans plantation drives a carriage and horses through what little narrative logic remains.

By: Nigel Floyd



Release details

Release date:
Friday July 28 2006
88 mins

Cast and crew

Dariush Mehrjui, William Brent Bell
Dariush Mehrjui, Vahideh Mohammadifar, William Brent Bell, Matthew Peterman
Masoumeh Bakhshi
Shadi Heydari
Neda Aghaei
Jimmi Simpson
Jon Foster
Samaire Armstrong
Sophia Bush
Frankie Muniz
You may also like