STAGE FRIGHT, a genre-jumper of major proprotions but minor pleasures, created, so far as I could see, with nary a nod in the direction of Mr. Hitchcock and his film of the same title. That's all right: The kids who seek out this movie would have little patience with the kind of suspense, flavor and sophistication of the "master." What they'll get instead should satisfy at least their craving for gore, if not so much their need (if indeed they have one) for comedy and laughter.
Jerome Sable (writer/director/co-composer/lyricist) and Eli Batalion (co-composer/lyricist). The two are shown above, with Sable on the left, enacting what looks like one of the scenes from their movie. So how does one blend coherently all these genres? That remains a good question because our twosome hasn't quite done it, though the pair does manage to come up with some choice individual moments and scenes.
Allie MacDonald, below, left, with Douglas Smith, who plays her grown brother) and invite the famed NY Times critic who liked it the first time 'round. But something/someone nasty is afoot, and, yes, the bodies start piling up. Eventually there's gore galore, and, truth to tell, Mr. Sable does serve up a couple of very juicy murder set pieces. Look for a Carrie touch here, too.
The Legend of Beaver Dam, made by the same pair of filmmakers/composers and also said to be quite good. The ability to hold an audience for a full-length film as opposed to a 12-minute short, however, is something else. (That's Ms MacDonald again, above, in push-up costume for opening night.)
Magnet Releasing and running 88 minutes, opens in seven cities this Friday, May 9 (here in NYC, it'll play the Cinema Village), Click here to see all currently scheduled playdates.