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This review is from: Stay Alive [DVD] (DVD)
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