Stay Alive (2006)

Directed by William Brent Bell. Written by Bell and Matthew Peterman. Starring Jon Foster, Samaire Armstrong, Frankie Muniz, Sophia Bush, Milo Ventimiglia, Jimmi Simpson and Adam Goldberg.

Plot: Elizabeth Bathory kills people through a new video game.

It opens with the deaths of several people after playing a new game called Stay Alive. Then, we meet their friends, Hutch (Foster), Abigail (Armstrong), October (Bush) and her brother Phineus (Simpson). Hutch receives some of their possessions, including the game, in which he decides to play with his friends. They come together to play the game which takes place in a rundown mansion on a plantation. And you can only start playing after you recite this chant thing. Which, like, no! I’m not doing it. Of course, they recite it though and deep trouble starts.

Elizabeth starts picking them off one by one because the rules are rather sketchy and that sucks. Why do people keep on going off by themselves even though their friends are dying? And why did Swink (Muniz) decide to run instead of playing the game? It’s not a very rewatchable film. Also, the characters weren’t very likable. Me and DJ were just waiting until the brother and sister of asshole town died. And usually we’re rooting for the brother and sister. The only good things about the movie were some of the effects, some of the jump scares, the cast and the innovation.

Elizabeth Bathory is such a complex and interesting historical figure. I don’t know how they made a so-so movie about her. We expected more.

Our score: 43.

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