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After the mysterious, brutal death of an old friend, a group of teenagers find themselves in possession of "Stay Alive," an ultra-realistic 3-D videogame based on the spine-chilling true story of a 17th century noblewoman, known as "The Blood Countess." The gamers don't know anything about the game other than they're not supposed to have it... and they're dying to play it. Not able to resist temptation, the kids begin to play the grisly game but soon make a chilling connection -- they are each being murdered one-by-one in the same way as the characters they… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 9%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's a gothic backstory to all this, which makes no sense but looks pretty cool."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Videogames are no longer brainless, so why are videogame movies so slow to evolve?"
‑ Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly
"One of those movies that thinks loud sounds and shaky cameras account for scares, and reminding of us of truly scary gaming experiences only amplifies its weaknesses."
‑ Brian Tallerico, UGO
"Yeah, the plot sounds like utter nonsense, but it's fun."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"...if the filmmakers could have dispensed with the actors and plot altogether, they might have had a better movie."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"... while its narrative style -- elliptical, fragmented, even eccentric at times -- is ambitious and imaginative, it sometimes makes for a loss of clarity and momentum."
‑ , Time Out
"An anemic attempt to update the horror genre's imperiled-teens-meet-bloodletting-uber-fiend substratum."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"If Stay Alive teaches us anything, it's that videogames and horror films do not least in the same movie."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"click to read full review [Greek]"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"This movie has a nostalgic retro feel to it, like the old Universal horror movies that we now find very funny. But alas, where are all the drive-in theaters to show it in?"
‑ Michael Szymanski,
"Teen fodder like this isn't known for sophistication or storytelling depth, but the filmmakers seem to take the film's video-game theme as permission to eschew even the horror genre's exceedingly lenient minimums for characterization."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"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 premise."
‑ Neva Chonin, San Francisco Chronicle
"...a little needless brutality would've almost certainly elevated the proceedings, albeit temporarily..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"- Aspirante a Terror em Silent Hill (jogo e filme) que, repleto de clichês e personagens caricaturais, revela-se apenas cansativo e previsível."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Never has a title been more horribly at odds with the way you're actually going to feel while watching the movie."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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