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A group of teens discover that the next generation of survival horror games are more realistic than they thought when they begin dying in the same manner as their pixilated counterparts in director Wi... read more read more...lliam Brent Bell's bloody tale of video games gone bad. In the days following the mysterious death of an old friend, a young group of gaming enthusiasts comes into possession of a chillingly realistic game based on the exploits of a 17th century noblewoman who earned the name "The Blood Countess" for her murderous exploits. Their curiosity piqued by the fact that they were obviously not supposed to come into possession of the grisly game, the teens soon give in to temptation and begin doing battle for high score. When the chilling events of the game begin to bleed over into the real world and the real-life deaths of the players begin to mirror the deaths of their in-game characters, the race is on to defeat the murderous Blood Countess and ensure that other curious gamers don't fall into the same deadly trap that they did. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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DVD Release Date: September 19, 2006

Stats: 8,366 reviews

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  • January 30, 2011
    It's so bad it's good. Really entertaining. Frankie Muniz!

    Grade: B-
  • June 8, 2010
    Creepy :O
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    January 13, 2010
    It's enjoyable, but when your watching it, you know that it's a bad movie!
  • December 8, 2009
    It is not a bad Movie but I wish the game they played in the Movie would have been made as well, it would have been fun.
  • April 24, 2009
    this is actually a pretty good horror its not exactly a great storyline and its not terrible its actually really worth a watch esppecially if your a horror fan !
  • August 27, 2007
    Im given it 4 because it accually scared me! the whole movie i was on the edge of my seat wondering when would one of those creepy people pop up again.
  • August 8, 2007
    Although the plot was just a mixture of "Brainscan" and "Ghost Game", this was still entertaining for the first half an hour or so. There wasn't very much in the way of gore though as it was obviously made to appeal to kids. Characterisation was minimal and there were no real sca... read moreres either but it was filmed quite well. Some of the cuts between the game and reality were clever anyway. Even though I was mostly disappointed by this as a horror film, I really want the computer game that they were playing now.
  • June 25, 2007
    I really liked this low budget horror. If you love playing survival horror video games like Resident Evil, you should enjoy this. People start dying after they play a video game, exactly the same way as they die in the game. Is there a link and how can they survive before they ar... read moree all killed off?
  • June 24, 2007
    A group of kids play a videogame which links them to a Vampire Countess, and when they die in the game, they also die in real life. It has some cool gaming sequences, where things get quite scary. I don't know how much real kids would actually get into a vampire game. There's a n... read moreice showdown at the end. This movie wasn't too bad.
  • June 12, 2007
    A complex allegory for how the youth of today live their lives through video games? No. Instead a bunch of geeks we couldn't care less about are killed in rather dire ways. If you're gonna make a teen kill-fest at least make the deaths inventive. I'll admit a couple of moments we... read morere creepy and overall the film is worthwhile on that level of stupidity so high you just have to laugh. Ripping off just about any horror it can think of this film certainly wont be winning any prizes. Stupid, silly and short.

Critic Reviews

J. R. Jones
March 7, 2007
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

There's a gothic backstory to all this, which makes no sense but looks pretty cool. Full Review

June 24, 2006
Time Out

... while its narrative style -- elliptical, fragmented, even eccentric at times -- is ambitious and imaginative, it sometimes makes for a loss of clarity and momentum. Full Review

Gregory Kirschling
March 29, 2006
Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly

Videogames are no longer brainless, so why are videogame movies so slow to evolve? Full Review

John Anderson
March 28, 2006
John Anderson, Variety

An anemic attempt to update the horror genre's imperiled-teens-meet-bloodletting-uber-fiend substratum. Full Review

Neva Chonin
March 28, 2006
Neva Chonin, San Francisco Chronicle

It's unlikely that Stay Alive could ever have been a good movie in the traditional sense, but it might have been better if Bell and co-writer Matthew Peterman had done more to exploit their gaming pre... Full Review

Roger Moore
March 28, 2006
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

Perhaps the worst horror film to not have Uwe Boll's name in the credits. Full Review

Neil Genzlinger
March 28, 2006
Neil Genzlinger, New York Times

The star of Stay Alive is a cutting-edge video game, but the film still has hackneyed horror at its heart.

Kyle Smith
March 28, 2006
Kyle Smith, New York Post

A notion of an outline of a rough draft of a killer video-game flick.

Elizabeth Weitzman
March 28, 2006
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

There's a fascinating and terrifying story to be told about Elizabeth Bathory, the dramatically depraved 17th century sadist known as the Blood Countess. This ain't it. Full Review

Ben Kenigsberg
March 28, 2006
Ben Kenigsberg, L.A. Weekly

Maybe video games really do rot the mind. Full Review

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