Starring: David Brandon, Barbara Cuspiti and John Morghen
With the number of their giallo titles declining and American slasher flicks reigning supreme in the 80s, Italy often tries to mold giallo/slasher flicks by focusing more on the kill count and gore, all the while putting up basic artistic angles the gialli are known for. Director Michele Soavi, who hardcore horror fans will remember as the genius behind the psychological zombie flick “Dellamorte Dellamore”/”Cemetery Man” did exactly that and came up with his little take on the slasher movie fare, simply about a feller who "chops people into little bits"...
|I now what you're thinking...No, this wasn't for reals...|
|They maybe not the fat sheriffs we're used to, but they sure are no different...|
Giallo elements were made present and put to good use and blending in the film; music and lighting, as well as camera angle makes the murders more graphic or unnerving, the more unusual it is, the more it makes the murders satisfyingly creepy. Aside from that, the film also makes a clever symbolism with all of its mayhem; the killer dons an owl mask that’s huge and awkward looking (though now iconic), yet you can tell that this whole movie may be synonymous to animal instinct, with the killer taking the role of the predator and the victims, one by one falling into the killer’s mayhem, are the helpless preys.
|A giallo's influence...slasher style.|
Because of the film's fast-paced and overly familiar territory, very little of the characters were properly developed and the whole movie is just on big cat-and-mouse chase. The sheer randomness of the situation really brought up the nightmare logic out of this title, but, never the less, Stagefright , with its imperfections, has a modest charm and it succeeds on giving what the audience wants: blood, mayhem, massacres and a originally creative killer. Brainless yet entertaining walk through with the familiar and a definite must-try for all fans!
|"Do you mind shutting the door? I'm working up a body here!"|
1 male found dying with a syringe sticked to his neck
1 female pickaxed to the mouth
1 female stabbed while being strangled
1male stabbed with knife
1 male powerdrilled through the chest
1 male accidentally axed to death
1 female torn in half
1 male eviscerated with chainsaw
1 male had an arm sawed off with chainsaw, beheaded with axe
1 female gutted with knife
1 male shot between the eyes (?)