Release Date: July 27th, 1987.
Written by: George Eastman and Sheila Goldberg.
Directed by: Michele Soavi.
Starring: David Brandon, Barbara Cupisti, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, and Robert Gilgarov.
StageFright is the story of an acting troupe putting on a show about mass murderer called the Night Owl... and yes, that involves one of them wearing a cumbersome owl mask while jumping around in a retarded frenzy, pretending that they know how to dance. Why is this even happening? Because Italian Horror Cinema goes there, that's why.
|SOMEONE IN ITALY HAS OBVIOUSLY BEEN WATCHING FAME.|
|"WHOOOOO DARES RESEARCH THE NIGHT OWL?!?"|
Classic Italian Horror goodness ensues.
|THIS CAN'T END WELL.|
Having worked with the likes of Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava, and Joe D'amato, it's really no surprise that he picked up some of their best habits along the way, and forged them into a directing style all his own; a style which makes StageFright an effective Slasher/Giallo hybrid that is to this day remains a largely undiscovered gem.
|THERE'S MICHELE NOW, STARRING IN A BLADE IN THE DARK.|
There are two sequences in the movie where our Final Girl is hiding while the Night Owl is either killing someone (the shower scene), or surveying his carnage (the stage scene), which were so gripping and intense that we had to watch them again to make sure we weren't over-reacting. We weren't. The Final Girl more than earns her title in this one.
|LIKE A VILLAIN.|
It's like a retarded record stuck on repeat.
|FEELS LIKE HE'S STARING DEEP INTO YOUR SOUL, DOESN'T IT? WELL, HE IS.|
|YEP, IT'S TIME TO GO.|
|THIS IS ABOUT AS CLOSE TO NUDITY AS THIS ONE GETS.|
The AVC 1080p transfer is visually pleasing, clean, and crisp. It's not perfect, but the blacks are deep, the colors vivid, and the flaws are few and far between. For most people, this disc will appear as an excellent or stunning visual effort. For hardcore Videophiles with a keen eye though, it will be easy to find flaws to nitpick with this transfer, such as minor color temperature issues. We thought it looked great though.
The best part of its visual presentation however is that for the first time, the film is presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio, which is notable because most, if not all (we're not sure) of StageFright's previous Home Video versions had been incorrectly framed.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Audio Track is pretty damned stellar, and we're not even big Audiophiles.
- Poster & Still Gallery.
- Theatre Of Delirium - Interview with Director Michele Soavi.
- Head Of The Company - Interview with Star David Brandon.
- Blood On The Stage Floor - Interview with Star Giovanni Lombardo Radice.
- The Owl Murders - Interview with Make-up Effects Artist Pietro Tenoglio.
- The Sound Of Aquarius - Interview with Composer Simon Boswell.
|WHY WOULD ANYONE EVEN LOOK BEHIND THAT CURTAIN?!?|
If you like Slasher flicks, then this movie is definitely for you.
StageFright is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.
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