When it comes to Michele Soavi’s body of work, Stage Fright is probably one of the more straightforward of his movies. Yet even this 1980s giallo has a lot of weird touches, and that is what makes this psycho killer goes after theater people movie more interesting than most. Naturally the kills are brutal, and Soavi tries to present characters that are not as paper thin as the ones in a typical slasher movie. Oh and Stage Fright takes the cliche of “All the dead people rounded up” and dials it up to 11 with a great, memorable scene that can be found easily via Google.
Barbara Cupisti is great as the final girl, and David Brandon also is the crazed director who at time poses as much a threat to the cast as the killer does with his awful decisions. Even though the last act goes on way too long, and the ending feels tacked on, I rather enjoyed Stage Fright. As far as 1980s slasher and giallos go this one was one of the best, and is well made. Even hardcore cinema buffs can appreciate a movie that even if it is not great still achieves what it sets out to do, with some extra flair thrown in for style points.