Camilla Swanson desperately wants to follow in the footsteps of her mother, a broadway diva who met a horrible death years ago. Stuck working in the kitchen of a performing arts camp, Camilla sneaks in to audition for the summer showcase. Camilla is a natural talent, quickly landing the lead role in the play, but as rehearsals begin, a string of murders commence, with a blood-thirsty killer who hates musical theater intent on making sure the show does not go on. Jerome Sable's Stage Fright is a horror-musical that struggles mightly in trying to determine what it wants to be. Stage Fright doesn't work as a horror film nor as an effective genre-spoof, failing mightidly when it comes to generating laughs or tension. Attempting to mash as many horror spoofs into the movie as possible, Stage Fright comes off half-assed, throwing everything against the proverbial wall and hoping something sticks. Outside of a few clever nods to Carrie and Psycho, Stage Fright is a sloppy spoof, thats strength is its playful teasing of drama students. While I can't say I laughed very much, Stage Fright is at its best when it takes shots at musical theater students, poking fun at many of the stereotypes associated with thespians. For example, the idea that the killer is a metalhead who absolutely despises musicals was one of the better gags of the film, with a few cleverly staged musical numbers that play off the hardcore rock vs. musical theater clash. Leaving something to be desired from both a comical and horror perspective, Stage Fright is a film that will only be enjoyed by hardcore fans of the musical-horror mashup genre.
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