A musical with a slasher mentality at heart? We’re checking out the new to Blu-ray chiller "Stage Fright" out now from Magnolia Home Entertainment. The songs and stabs get reviewed below!
Title: "Stage Fright"
Cast: Allie MacDonald, Minnie Driver, Meat Loaf Aday
Director: Jerome Sable
Runtime: 88 minutes
Release Company: Magnolia Home Entertainment
The Flick: "Stage Fright" lovingly tries to be many things, but in doing so comes up short on all accounts. The comedy in both songs and staging falls flat and is severely spaced out (leave that up to Trey Parker and Matt Stone!), the horror feels like a brutal shocking swipe from out of nowhere and the tone of the film is more chaotic then crafted. I must admit it was very nice seeing the underused Minnie Driver as the grandiose mom who gets the murder ball rolling and watching Meat Loaf Aday singing again did bring back Rocky Horror memories, but all in all "Stage Fright" slices off way more than it can chew.
Best Feature: There’s a hysterical bit where a lead gal playing a Liza Minnelli wannabe got cut out of the film and her shots from the film are in an amusing doc titled ‘Bethany: In Memory of a Fallen Camper’. (Wish the whole film had been this funny!)
Best Hidden Gem: Again seeing Meat do his song and dance thing screams Eddie’s return!
Worth the Moola: It’s a flick that wants to be everything, but reaching for the stars doesn’t always equal success.