This commercial horror turned out pretty decent. First of all I have to say that this was going to be an R rated movie, but studio objected to this, afraid that it will lose all those kids who want to see a horror movie about video games. After this, Stay Alive was edited and received a PG-13 rating. When I say studio, I really mean Disney who was in-charge of the international distribution. Still, this is Disney’s first slasher movie, so that’s something. Using a video game, instead of some Internet site, to kill its characters, Stay Alive did not go far from the clichés in the industry but did manage to be interesting. When a group of friends discover a new underground game Stay Alive, they soon start to die the same way they died in the game.
With the screenings of The Gamer, here’s a bit older flick with the video games tag-line. Oddly enough, it was a box office success. Probably because of the Disney sticker, because as we all know, video game adaptations are usually pretty lame. Production quality is great, and there is a decent amount of violence, all things considered. Still, characters are pretty one dimensional, but hey, this is just another slasher teen movie. It is definitely worth watching, if for nothing else, then to see how they were able to make a Disney horror movie. You might wanna check out the movie Bathory after this one. Enjoy.
Fun Facts: Video game reference: The old-fashioned camera that Abigail uses in the film is a reference to the popular “Fatal Frame” (known as “Rei Zero” in it’s native Japan, and as “Project Zero” in Europe) series of horror/survival games, upon which the “Stay Alive” concept is partially based.