Directed by William Brent Bell.
Written by William Brent Bell and Matthew Peterman.
Starring Jon Foster, Samaire Armstrong, Frankie Muniz and Adam
Release Year: 2006
Review Date: 3/27/06
Here's the thing about complete fucking
dogshit--I fucking love it.
And, in even considering dropping $6 at the
theater behind my apartment building to watch the new
death-by-video-game soft-core horror flick "Stay Alive", you have to
have the mindset going in that not only could your movie of choice
suck, but it could cross into uncharted shitastic territory.
"Stay Alive" is bad, but not legendary in its shittiness like you
would hope for a movie aspiring to Hard Vice status.
Hutch (Jon Foster, a major star who starred
as "Gas Station Attendant" in
"T3" a few
years back) has got a problem--one of his best friends died after
playing a strange horror survival game just the other night, and now
that he has a copy of the game in his hands, he decides to play it
with some friends of his...and, in a shocking turn of events,
everyone that played the game starts dying in real life in ways
similar to how they died in the game! Holy fucking shit!
An amazingly dumb film ensues.
Seriously, "Stay Alive"--another in the long
line of new-fangled "horror" films that somehow is only violent
enough for a PG-13 rating--is pretty fucking bad, thanks to B-list
stars like Frankie Muniz and Adam Goldberg showing up just long
enough to die onscreen or a premise so crazy unrealistic that even I
spent time wondering how someone could write a script about a video
game that seems to have no programmers, no testers, no marketing
department and no publishing company. Further, the logic of
the game is all fucked up; wow, the story for this shit is bad.
And, giving us not many scares but a couple
of kills that seem like they are pretty violent, "Stay Alive" never
really scared me. Oh, look, that one guy walked into the road
and got hit by a made-up horse-and-buggy that showed up on a road
where no other cars seem to be...and, NO ONE discovered the body for
minutes while the others drove around looking for this dumbass.
Oh, look, that woman has got some badass shears...oops, she just
killed someone, blah blah blah. "Stay Alive" needs blood and
guts to be at least a little more effective, but with a PG-13 we
don't really even get shots of each murder. Boo.
Wow, I don't even want to write about this
bullshit, it was so bad. But, I'm glad I saw it, because now I
can pad the stats as I move into the second quarter.
Rating: Hard Vice
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": This is
the highest rating a movie can receive. Reserved for movies that
exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development,
setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
"$X.XX Show": This price
changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently,
it is the $9.50 Show. While not technically perfect, this is a
movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.
"Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca",
but you'll have a great time watching. The $9.50 Show won't win any
Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see
"Matinee": An average movie
that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.
Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about
yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
Lakers game last night?"
"Rental": This rating
indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your
friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
(Warning: strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard