At first glance, I thought the new horror/slasher film "Stage Fright" was a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's movie of the same name. Alas, it's not and this 2014 vehicle has its tongue firmly planted in cheek. It comes highly recommended for a variant on the tried-and-true slasher genre.
What's not to love about a movie featuring rocker Meat Loaf, Minnie Driver, and a nubile cast of young people? "Stage Fright" rips off the 80's films of yore, starting out with an event that takes place 10 years prior, where a young mother gets brutally killed by an unknown assailant in a Broadway theater.
Flashing forward, her young daughter works at a performing arts camp and vies for the lead role in "Phantom of the Opera," the very same musical her mother was in. "Stage Fright's" unique twist happens when cast members suddenly burst into song as though they're on an episode of "Glee." Oh, and there just happens to be a masked killer on the loose at the camp.
"Stage Fright" mixes horror and comedy quite well, and writer/director Jerome Sable talks about this and much more in his commentary with composer Eli Batalian, only one of nine bonus features on the Blu-ray. The two of them also sit down for a filmed interview and we also get the requisite "Making of Stage Fright" and deleted scenes.
"In Memory of a Fallen Camper" and "The Evolution of the Set Design" are interesting enough. But it's the hoot of the "Stage Fright Sing-Along" that makes a Blu-ray purchase worthwhile.