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“Get ready for supernatural chills and terrifying challenges in ‘Stay Alive,’ the mind-bending thriller about a killer video game. The real world and the game world gruesomely collide when a group of friends play ‘Stay Alive,’ a mysterious underground videogame that kills the gamer whose character dies in play. Inspired by the shocking true story of the 17th century serial killer known as the Blood Countess, the videogame gives disturbing new meaning to the phrase “game over.” In a death defying race against time, the survivors must solve the mystery of the game while desperately trying to stay alive.”
“Stay Alive (Director’s Cut)” is not rated. The original theatrical release was rated PG-13 for horror violence, disturbing images, language, brief sexual and drug content.
“Stay Alive” doesn’t really have anything else new to offer. None of the scary moments freaked me out and the few moments of real horror seemed to be swiped from other films. (For example, a guy gets his head ripped apart like in “Saw.”) The movie also seems to use every horror cliché known to man. You have characters going off on their own despite every other lone character being killed. You have shadows appearing suddenly in the background behind characters. The list goes on and on. The cast of characters also run the gamut of clichés. You have the genius, the babe, the smart mouth, the hero, the angry cop, etc etc etc.
I would only recommend “Stay Alive” to die-hard horror fans. They might be more willing to forgive many of this film’s flaws and giant plot holes.
Despite being a “Director’s Cut”, this DVD doesn’t have much to offer. They gleefully advertise “violence, gore, sex/nudity, profanity, and drug use” on the cover, but none of this makes the movie more interesting or exciting (unless seeing a man’s butt or a guy hitting a bong excites you). The bonus features are also lame. You have a “music video style” featurette that shows you the effects work in quick clips that are likely to induce epileptic seizures. There’s also a commentary, but the creator’s don’t have anything particularly noteworthy to offer. In short, you shouldn’t buy this DVD for the bonus features.