I mainly wanted to see this horror movie because Meat Loaf was one of actors and I love his music since childhood. He has starred in many movies (70 movies) before but I have not seen any so I was excited to see Stage Fright (2014). Meat Loaf (The Moment, Snitch, Polish Bar) played the part of Roger McCall, a summer camp owner for kids who sing, dance, play musical instruments and who dreams of becoming a musical star. Meat Loaf impressed me with his acting skills and I look forward to seeing some of his previous movies.
Director and writer Jerome Sable (Sarcelles, ABCs of Death 2, The Legend of Beaver Dam) did a good job transitioning from a humorous scene to a scene filled with tension. He did a great job with the death scenes (low body count) and the make-up job seemed incredibly realistic. Stage Fright was filmed in Ontario, Canada and contains violence, humor, bad language, sexual content/references, gory and one intense jump scare. This film appears to be a comedy horror film.
I was shocked at the beginning of the movie because I did not think that the first actor I saw would die in such a horrific way. It might be a great beginning for hardcore horror fans. Kylie Swanson (Minnie Driver - A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island, Blackbird, Return to Zero) is a mother and a talented popular Broadway star. She was murdered on the opening night of her performance by a masked murderer who chopped her into pieces.
Fast forward ten years and later you see Kylie’s kids working for their godfather, Roger McCall at the summer camp he owns. Roger is also the caretaker for Kylie’s kids because Kylie and Roger were dating when she was murdered. The summer camp is having a huge performance where a Broadway producer will be attending. The show/performance name is Haunting of the Opera that is coincidentally the same name that Kylie was performing when she was killed. Here is another big one, Kylie’s daughter, Camilla Swanson (Allie MacDonald - The Riverbank, The Barrens, House at the End of the Street) plays the lead role in this performance, just like her mother.
I would love for my kids to see this movie, but there were too much cursing and blood in it. It does have a bunch of moments where you will find yourself laughing and I enjoy seeing the kids performances - I have a weak spot for kids. I love the music in this movie and I will watch this movie again. I would say it is somewhat in between Camp Rock and Friday the 13th. I gave this movie a six because it seemed like the director rushed the last 30 minutes of the movie. The ending was very predictable and there is a lack of suspense in this horror movie.
Please stay and watch the end credits - the song is a funny song that most people will enjoy.
About Stage Fright 2014
Starring: Douglas Smith, Meat Loaf, Kent Nolan, Darren Summersby, Jamie Lyle, Melanie Leishman, Jeni Ross, Allie MacDonald, John Stead, Brandon Uranowitz, Greg Steven Brown, Ephraim Ellis, Brian Nettlefold, Thomas Alderson, Jada Robinson, James McGowan, Ty Forhan, Eli Batalion, Steffi DiDomenicantonio, Leanne Miller, Adrianna Di Liello, Ryan Bobkin, Greg Dunham, Dan Levy, Rick Miller, Tristan Slade Mitchell, Chelsey Pozdyk, Minnie Driver
Director: Jerome Sable
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