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Stay Alive [DVD]

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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, Spanish, Czech, Bulgarian, English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Nov 2006
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000J3CSNK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,848 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Straight from the set-'em-up and knock-'em-down school of teen-horror filmmaking, Stay Alive gives literal meaning to the parental lament, "Those games will kill you someday." Not that you'll find any parents in this gimmicky thriller set in New Orleans; they're conspicuously absent when Hutch (Jon Foster) and his hardcore gamer pals discover "Stay Alive," a mysterious next-generation computer game that has a nasty way of precipitating mayhem, horror, and death. If your character dies in the game, you're doomed to die in identically grisly fashion in real life. So, just don't play the game, right? WRONG. This being a teen horror flick with a screenplay that makes no sense whatsoever, the gamer pals (including victim #2, Hutch's boss, played with game-addicted fervor by Adam Goldberg) obsessively investigate the game and its creepy Ring-like origins in the 17th century murder spree of a woman known as "The Blood Countess." Because movies like this are best viewed on a steady diet of Pop Tarts and Ritalin, Jimmi Simpson earns top honors as the gamer pal with the creepiest behavior, and Malcolm in the Middle fans will enjoy the presence of Frankie Muniz as a gamer geek whose primary fashion statement consists of grimy T-shirts and green plastic poker-visors. While not nearly as fun or clever as the Final Destination movies, Stay Alive delivers a few good deaths while blatantly stealing most of its horror highlights from Ju-On and other Japanese horror hits. It's junk from start to finish, but its target audience of mallrats and gamers (especially those with attention deficit disorder, which helps to ignore the plot holes) won't mind a bit.--Jeff Shannon

Product Description

This pop culture-laden fright-fest takes the legend of Countess Elizabeth Bathory of Hungary and relocates it in the inherently creepy locale of New Orleans. The usual cast of motley and none-too-bright teenagers is assembled and attached to quirky names--smartass Phineas (Jimmi Simpson) and his Goth-girl sister, October (Sophia Bush), hunky protagonist Hutch (Jon Foster), and tech-head Swink (Frankie Muniz), to name a few--and they all have one thing in common: the love of gaming. When Hutch's best friend Loomis (Milo Ventimiglia) is a victim in a violent massacre, Hutch ends up with the game he was playing just before he died. Called 'Stay Alive', the game is technically illegal and Hutch and his friends can't resist booting it up. The game resurrects the Countess, who centuries ago was walled up in her tower when her crimes were discovered (she is said to have brutally murdered 650 servant girls and bathed in their blood). Now, she is fulfilling her vow to return to reassume her reign of terror. This time, however, her victims are gamers who will die in the same way in life as they do in the game. The video game itself becomes a character in the film, showing off excellent 3-D, cinematic effects, and creating an effectively spooky atmosphere with a memorable, if derivative, aesthetic. The gore never gets too brutal but the scare tactics are adept, while the Countess herself, with pasty skin and high-necked red dress, is a movie monster worthy of canonisation.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood Bytes 14 Oct 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Obsessive gamer Loomis rings his friend Hutch to tell him he's been playing a new game called 'Stay Alive'. The next morning Loomis, and his two flatmates are all dead. Hutch goes to the funeral of his friend, as is given a bag of possesions belonging to Loomis, by his sister. There is a copy of Stay Alive amongst his belongings. Hutch gets together all his fellow game fanatics to play Stay Alive as a tribute to Loomis. The game is based on the life of the bloody Countess, Elizabeth Bathory. Soon it becomes apparent that the game is exerting a malign influence, as those who play it are starting to die the very same way that their characters died in the game.
I really enjoyed this film. Okay it does get a bit silly in places, but I loved the idea of an ancient evil using a piece of modern technology as a portal to return to the physical world. I also liked the way that the game starts to encroach more and more into reality, where death could be facing our protagonists as the Countess regains her power. Its very enjoyable, if a bit silly at times. I thought the cast did well as a whole, with Frankie Muniz the stanout for me as nervous, geeky Swink.
The segments where we see the gamers playing Stay Alive are also very stylish.
A very enjoyable film. 4 out of 5
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just didn't click for me 29 July 2007
Format:DVD
This film has oficially murdered my beliefs that horror films may be getting better. Story: A few computer nerds play on a freaky game. Turns out the game is alive and starts killing people the way they die in the game. A good premise huh? But the film rockets straight past the promising opportunity, straight to no-hopers land. Even though well shot and surprisingly well acted, the film just doesn't work. Shame, really, because it could have been so much more. Ofcorse Frankie adds a little sparkle, but unfortunately doesn't save the film from being a silly little mess that has all been done before better.

Just crossing the 'acceptable' line, but there are some far better horrors out at the moment, so you can afford to pass on this one. Worth a rent, but do not buy; make sure to have a couple of drinks before watching to make the experience slightly more acceptable. 5 OUT OF 10.

P.J.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It will help you Stay Alive 24 July 2010
Format:DVD
Open scene is live-action of an extremely scary-looking video game, a game called Stay Alive. Gamer-kid Loomis calls his friend Hutch and tells him the game is awesome and has to be played. They arrange to meet up and play the game together, hang up and carry on with their lives... Then Hutch receives a call the day after telling him that Loomis has been murdered. He is obviously shook up from the tragedy and even more surprised when he is given a bag from Loomis's sister containing old photos and "test Games" of Loomis's, of which Stay Alive is amongst sed-Games.
Hutch and 5 friends decide they have to play Stay Alive, as it's currently a test Game and hasn't been released yet, which means it's barely legal and they shouldn't exactly have it! At the beginning of the game a chant has to be recited and the Game warns them they have been marked for death; their enemy the infamous woman murderer Elizabeth Bathory.
These friends have to learn to stay alive throughout the course of this creepy, gothic Game; as the Game takes on a mind of its own and is soon out to get them and the truth behind the Game has to be uncovered as the body count rises.
Will the truth ever be uncovered, or will this gruesome Game be soon-unleashed to an unsuspecting and eager public?
You'll have to stay alive to find out...!!
I really liked this Film because it's a highly original and appealing idea, well acted and has very scary Game graphics and an uncomfortable atmosphere. For something that's low-budget and little known, I think this deserves to be watched and recognised as an original Horror, as I think it's really under-rated!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
So that I wouldn't have to stay awake.

"Stay Alive" is a bland horror movie about a video game that kills people the same way they die inside the game. The friends that play this game soon figure this out, and then realize they must defeat the Blood Countess from the video game or accept their fates.

We've had video tapes in "The Ring," a deadly website in "Fear Dotcom," and of course video games movies such as this one. "Stay Alive" does some things well; the character development is quite a bit deeper than it usually would be in a horror movie. We really see into some of the characters feelings and past and get to know them all quite well, so the viewers may gain some emotions for them. The film is also very suspenseful. Tense, unnerving moments are frequently played through the film, accompanied by unsettling, creepy music. There are plenty of jumps and jolts for the viewer. This can be ideal once or twice, but these false scares that Hollywood seems to enjoy overplaying in horror films nowadays, wears thin in Stay Alive.

The camera will tend to provide sharp angles or quick flashes in order to give viewers a very quick glimpse of a demon or witch, and try to scare them with this sudden burst on the screen. Why? The gore is obviously very weak because of the film's certificate. The script to Stay Alive is very cheesy and quite laughable, and the characters tend to play it too melodramatically and confusingly. Also, clichés come in from every direction, for instance people wandering around on their own in search of a strange noise or if they have spotted a figure in the dark, they will go and investigate it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars dvd
the film itself is brilliant but the supplier after a few problems has now fixed it and was thoughtful and considerate and kept his customer happy thankyou for your service
Published 22 days ago by Selina
4.0 out of 5 stars Stay Alive
While beta testing a horror survival game, a hardened video gamer (Milo Ventimiglia) is killed by the same grisly method as his game character. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark I. Lloyd
1.0 out of 5 stars If you die in the game, you die for real
The legendary Elizabeth Báthory, a countess in Romania was notorious for bathing in the blood of young girls... Read more
Published 4 months ago by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Wife's favorite movie
Nice little horror movie, lots of gory action , a must see for horror fans, would recommend to any one
Published 6 months ago by Robert Hocking
1.0 out of 5 stars Simply awful.......unwatchable
This is the worst movie I have ever seen! I would rather get stung in
the dick by millions of wasps than watch this again. I wasted 1. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Aron Junor
5.0 out of 5 stars Stay Alive [DVD]
100% all round ideal Christmas gift or just to say thank-you to someone great film with thrills ans spills all the way through a must have
Published 8 months ago by stephen paul
4.0 out of 5 stars GAME OVER
Personally I would have preferred the title "Game Over" or "The Lady of Blood" as opposed to "Stay Alive. Read more
Published 12 months ago by The Movie Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars quite good
stay alive is ok but could of been better,there are so many films like this one so u know whats going to happen.
Published 13 months ago by shiobhan
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than you might think
The only problem with this film is that it was rushed, there wasn't enough time to build a better story line at 1 hour 20 mins. Read more
Published 17 months ago by nilsinho079
2.0 out of 5 stars So So
I didn't mind the stretching of the Bathory history,it's just a film after all,but getting the facts about Silent Hill wrong was a step too far for me,I quite liked the 'game'... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mr. M. L. Hanford
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