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A group of teens discover that the next generation of survival horror games are more realistic than they thought when they begin dying in the same manner as their pixilated counterparts in director William Brent Bell's bloody tale of video games gone bad. In the days following the mysterious death of an old friend, a young group of gaming enthusiasts comes into possession of a chillingly realistic game based on the exploits of a 17th century noblewoman who earned the name "The Blood Countess" for her murderous exploits. Their curiosity piqued by the fact that they were obviously… 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
"An anemic attempt to update the horror genre's imperiled-teens-meet-bloodletting-uber-fiend substratum."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"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
"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
"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,
"Videogames are no longer brainless, so why are videogame movies so slow to evolve?"
‑ Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly
"Perhaps the worst horror film to not have Uwe Boll's name in the credits."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"...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 [UK]
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