Deliria (Bloody Bird)(Sound Stage Massacre)(Stage Fright)
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Deliria (Bloody Bird)(Sound Stage Massacre)(Stage Fright)
Horror film actor Michele Soavi's directorial debut was this stylish giallo thriller about an escaped lunatic terrorizing the cast of a stage musical who get locked in a theater after dark. David Brandon, Barbara Cupisti, and perennial victim Giovanni Lombardo Radice (aka "John Morghen") lead the cast, most of whom spend their time sniping at each other with amusingly typical backstage cruelty. The murder scenes are the film's primary attraction, artfully handled by Soavi in setpieces such as a blue-lighted stage strewn with feather-covered bodies. The killer wears an owl… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"At times, Stagefright transcends both its low-budget economics and its well-worn genre requirements and achieves something sublime that can only be described as "Hitchcockian.""
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"The kind of ridiculously self-assured debut that declares its maker to be some kind of savant or prodigy."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Stagefright proceeds as a rather earthbound taster of winky genre self-reflexivity."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine