After the first humdrum death (the usual fleeting shapes, funny noises, and a villainous spirit lifted straight from an arbitrary PS2 horror game), it is all downhill. The young, irritating cast stumbles woodenly from scene to disjointed scene, gasping “This is insane!” and “This can’t be happening!” as they get sucked into a crappy knockoff of Alone in the Dark (the game, not the film).
Confusion is virtually guaranteed, as the film never reveals why the angry spirit is killing people, how it got into the game, who made the game, or why the evil lair is stuck out behind an average house, when legend dictates it should be in Eastern Europe. There is even a black horse drawn carriage in the garage of the house with the evil lair. Would someone please explain why a ghost that can materialise at will and travel digitally would need an actual carriage?
Apparently absolutely no research went into any aspect of the film, as the gamers all seem to be playing PC games online using their laptops, but they are clearly playing a console game, with console controls. It is this lack of care and detail which will irritated both game fans and horror fans, and in fact, any sort of film watcher at all.
To sum it up, don’t watch Stay Alive. It has no redeeming features whatsoever, and it is even worse than Paul Anderson’s terrible Resident Evil films, and possibly even worse than Mortal Kombat. It feels like an episode of Buffy or Smallville, but delivers none of the thrills or laughs of those shows. You would have more fun watching a housefly buzz around a room for 90 minutes.
- Ivan Sadler
A killer videogame? Please. You'd get more thrills watching a fly buzz around a room for 90 minutes than sitting through this haphazard rubbish.
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