Becky and I went to see “Stay Alive” this Weekend at the AMC theater in Highlands Ranch. The Fandango website at Stay Alive describes the movie as follows:
After the mysterious brutal death of an old friend, a group of teenagers find themselves in possession of Stay Alive, a next generation horror survival videogame based on the spine-chilling true story of a 17th century noblewoman known as “The Blood Countess.” The gamers don’t know anything about the game other than they’re not supposed to have it…and they’re dying to play it. Not able to resist temptation, the group begins to play the grisly game and soon a chilling connection is made – they are each being murdered one-by-one in the same method as the character they played in the game. As the line between the game world and the real world disappears, the group must find a way to defeat the vicious and merciless Blood Countess, all the while trying to stay alive.
Stay Alive is rated PG-13 and is similar to the movie’s “Scream” and “The Ring” in that it has a spooky storyline and a number of frightening situations that the characters find themselves. It’s not a super gruesome film, which we both appreciated, but parts of it are hard to follow and made little sense. I jumped a couple of times.
The story was kind of cool, except that you never find out how the original video game came into being in the first place to start wiping out its players. There are a few hints toward the end, but it might have helped had they made an attempt to show how it all started.
The ending was lame in that they knocked off the movie The Ring with a continuation of new people playing the game. However, there wasn’t any room for the story to continue based on a series of events that took place throughout the film.
There are very few horror films that are really good and this is no exception. It was better than some of them that we’ve both seen, but certainly not worth the price of admission.
Our advice is to wait for the Rental.
John – ** Rental
Becky – ** Rental
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