Stay Alive (2006)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Slasher Film, Teen Movie  |   Release Date - Mar 24, 2006 (USA)  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Review by Jeremy Wheeler

As video games have evolved, so have video-game horror movies, the long, sad lineage of which has spawned Stay Alive, a PG-13 frightner that translates the survival horror game genre to the big screen in a certain appropriate and absurd fashion that stays true to its silly cinematic bloodline. Loosely based on the accounts of the blood-bathing Countess Elizabeth Bathory, the flick certainly tries to deliver another strong icon into the lexicon of horror heroes, though it never quite makes the grade thanks to its own "out there" version of reality that haunts the picture. While the premise itself is nutty in and of itself, the lengths that the filmmakers take to bend the rules of movie world vs. game world are shocking, if only because they never take a chance to explain any of it! Obvious red herrings scattered throughout all point to the final reveal of a villain who is never actually revealed, leaving viewers with only one option left to believe -- that the creepy countess ghost is programming and pressing these games herself (the ghost world must have one heck of a distributor). When it comes down to it, the best thing about Stay Alive is its guilty-pleasure nature, which will obviously get stronger as the years of advanced technology make the already foolish video-game scenes used in the movie look even more imbecilic.