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Stay Alive
Character: October
Directed by: William Brent Bell
Written by: William Brent Bell, Matthew Peterman
Produced by: Peter Schlessel, James D. Stern, Matthew Peterman, McG
Other cast: Jon Foster, Samaire Armstrong, Frankie Muniz, Jimmi Simpson, Milo Ventimiglia
Release date: 24 March 2006 (USA)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Running time: 1h 25min

Loomis is testing the underground game Stay Alive with his friends Sarah and Rex. When the game is over, Loomis finds Rex and Sarah dead in their room, and he is pushed by a shadow from the staircase, breaking the banister and hanging the same way he died in the game. Loomis' sister, Emma, gives his game to his best friend, Hutch. They, and his friends Miller, Phineus with his sister October, Swink and Abigail play the game together. When Miller and Phineus die the same way they died in the game, the survivors disclose that the game is based on the life of the evil Countess Elizabeth Bathory.

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Goofs & Trivia
  • Countess Elizabeth Bathory did actually exist. However, for the perspective of the film, her story takes place in New Orleans, whereas historically she was located in Hungary.
  • Video game reference: The old-fashioned camera that Abigail uses in the film is a reference to the popular “Fatal Frame” (known as “Rei Zero” in it’s native Japan, and as “Project Zero” in Europe) series of horror/survival games, upon which the “Stay Alive” concept is partially based.
  • The mansion that appears in the video-game at the beginning of the movie is a carbon copy of the one where the action of SEGA’s 1998 light gun shooter ‘The House of the Dead’.
  • The filmmakers wanted an R rating, but the studio insisted the film be cut to a PG-13, the director’s cut later restored 15 minutes of footage that was removed to avoid an R rating.
  • Although ‘Entertainment Weekly’ issued a D- rating for the theatrical release of Stay Alive, the Director’s Cut garnered a respectable C+ rating.
  • This was the final production finished in New Orleans prior to Hurricane Katrina. Hollywood theatrical productions did not return until Buena Vista finally green-lighted Deja Vu (2006).
  • Although the term “Blood Countess” is used in the movie’s synopsis, it is never said within the movie. When Hutch and Abigail are hearing the story of Elizabeth Bathory from the author of the book “The Lady of Blood”, the author says, “Thus began her obsession” (speaking of using the blood of the girls as a “Fountain of Youth”, as Abigail says), to which Hutch replies, “The Blood Countess” (not in the theatrical version, but at approximately 1 hour 1 minute and 44 seconds on the uncut-version DVD).
  • When the group first starts playing the game you will see “Bellman Games Presents” on the TV screens. This is a junction of the last names of both writers William Brent Bell & Matthew Peterman.
  • The movie says Countess Elizabeth Báthory moved to America over 200 years ago. Not only is this false, but Báthory died in 1614, so within the movie’s setting she’s been dead nearly 400 years.
  • This was Hollywood Pictures’ first film in five years to be released and and It was also Disney’s only slasher film.
  • October, played by Sophia Bush, says, “Go fuck yourself,” to her killer before she is murdered. That line is said by Neal McDonough in 2007’s The Hitcher, which also stars Sophia. Coincidentally, McDonough says, “Go fuck yourself,” to his killer before he is murdered.
Official Trailer