Stage Fright (1987)

Stage Fright (1987)

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  • Release Date:  1987
  • Genre:  Slasher
  • Director:  Michele Soavi
  • Screenwriter:  George Eastman, Sheila Goldberg
  • Cast & Crew: David Brandon, Barbara Cupisti, Domenico Fiore, Robert Gligorov, Mickey Knox, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Loredana Parrella, and Piero Vida.

Stage Fright (1987) Rating:

  • Dylan = 8.5 / 10;
  • Eloise = 7 / 10;
  • Raoul = 9 / 10;
  • Andrew = 8 / 10;
  • IMDB = 6.8/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 6.7/10;

Stage Fright (1987) Synopsis:

A lunatic escapes from an asylum and finds refuge in a theatre where a troupe is rehearsing.

Stage Fright (1987) Review:

This very under-looked slasher from the late ’80s is in the vein of the best Argento’s films such as Suspiria or Inferno, only with a little more gore and action, but with the same beauty.

Majestic music alternate with calm moments to gives so much power to the action scenes. There is great work done on the colors and some really good camera effects. The murders are gruesome and never repetitive, with the use of a different weapon almost every time. The owl mask is really scary, and the way the killer moves very stressful.

Rather slow at first, the film slowly builds up into what becomes an almost unbearable tension towards the end. The story is simple but takes the time necessary to introduce the characters and their relationship. One can only regret that not much is known about the killer himself, I guess it adds its mystery aspect to the movie.


To me, Stage Fright is easily amongst the best 80’s slasher, combining the stress of a Halloween or a Black Sunday along with the artistic touch of a Suspiria.

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