Do you want to see Meatloaf sing cheesy musical numbers while Glee extras provide back up and meet a grisly end?
That was actually a rhetorical question because the answer is yes, yes of course you do. Really you may not have realized until now but you do.
Stage Fright hoping to be the new Rocky Horror of the 21st century provides an incredible visceral experience of what it must be like to have an acid trip without actually ingesting drugs.
As a comedy horror musical Stage Fright has entered an open market. Over the years the fun has slowly been drained from Horror. The Cabin In The Woods was a glorious return but it sadly did not restart the comedy horror genre, though the fantastically frantic paced Detention did try to follow it’s example.
Stage Fright a horror musical set at a theatre camp, wears its heart on its sleeve, its bravery to be whatever it wants to be echoes the sentiment of those who passionately pursue musical theatre. And much like the poor denizens of the lunch room who evoked sympathetic admiration for marching to their own out of beat drum, Stage Fright strides merrily forward and you can’t help but slow clap as it goes; toilet paper stuck to it’s shoe.
With a backstory that touches on the poor orphans who long for more storyline and riffs on Phantom of The Opera, Stage Fright has a wonderfully corny throw back vibe running through out. The story though is upstaged by Stage Fright’s two great love’s ; gore and musical numbers. The masked Killer performs death metal with a Jean Simmons drawl and in a fantastic piece of comedy horror in one scene uses a butcher knife as a guitar slide. The gore is as outlandish as the musical numbers, with thick fake blood splattering and spilling by the bucket load.
Stage Fright will have it detractors, for reasons too obvious to mention here, but this is independent Horror film making at its greatest ; creative, brave, adventurous and willingly to do something a lot of modern horror films are not ; just have fun!