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- 1 hr 29 min
Stage Fright is a 2014 horror-comedy film that follows a group of young performers at a musical theater summer camp who become targets of a masked killer. The movie, set in the 1980s, is directed by Jerome Sable and stars Minnie Driver, Meat Loaf, and Allie MacDonald. The story revolves around Camilla Swanson (Allie MacDonald), a young girl who lives with her brother Buddy (Douglas Smith), in a small trailer in the woods. Their mother was a famous Broadway actress who was brutally murdered on opening night of her last musical, The Haunting of the Opera. Camilla was present at the theater during the murder and witnessed it, traumatizing her for life.
Ten years later, Camilla is grown-up and is a cook at a musical theater summer camp for young performers. Buddy is also there as a counselor. Camilla dreams of becoming a theater star like her mother but cannot bring herself to perform. However, when the director of the camp, Roger McCall (Meat Loaf) decides to stage a revival of The Haunting of the Opera, Camilla sees it as a chance to honor her mother's memory and overcome her fears.
The rehearsals begin, and tensions rise among the young performers. There is a rivalry between two lead actresses, Kylie Swanson (Minnie Driver), Camilla's aunt, and a former Broadway actress, and Marla (Melanie Leishman), a new girl who is a talented singer. The competition heats up as they prepare for the opening night.
Meanwhile, a masked killer prowls around the camp. The killer, who is dressed in a costume similar to the one worn by the murderer of Camilla's mother, leaves behind clues that suggest he is targeting the musical's cast members.
As the night of the show approaches, the killer's attacks become more frequent, and the cast members start to stay alert. Camilla, who is still haunted by her mother's death, begins to suspect that the killer is after her.
As the horror intensifies, the plot twists and turns, and the identity of the killer is kept a mystery until the very end.
The movie is a blend of horror and comedy, with some genuinely scary moments mixed in with some tongue-in-cheek humor. The songs are catchy and well-performed, and the performances by the actors are commendable.
Allie MacDonald, who plays Camilla Swanson, is excellent in her role. She is convincing as a young girl trying to overcome the trauma of her past and find her place in the world. Her singing talent is impressive, especially in the songs "Alfonso" and "The Audition."
Minnie Driver, who plays Kylie Swanson, brings her experience as a Broadway actress to the film, and her performance is outstanding. Her rendition of "Little Star" is one of the highlights of the movie.
Meat Loaf, who plays Roger McCall, the director of the musical, is hilarious in his role. He brings a lot of comic relief to the movie, and his performance of "The Show Must Go On" is unforgettable.
The supporting cast is equally impressive, with stand-out performances by Melanie Leishman as Marla, Kent Nolan as Joel, and Douglas Smith as Buddy.
The film's director, Jerome Sable, whose background is in musical theater, gives the movie a unique visual style. The stage performances are well choreographed and visually stunning.
Overall, Stage Fright is an entertaining horror-comedy with a killer soundtrack, impressive performances, and an intriguing plot. Fans of musical theater and horror movies will definitely enjoy this film.
Stage Fright is a 2014 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 29 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.2 and a MetaScore of 39.