Tanner Stransky
October 25, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Stay Alive

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
85 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/24/06
performer
Jon Foster, Frankie Muniz, Sophia Bush, Adam Goldberg
director
William Brent Bell
distributor
Buena Vista Pictures, Hollywood Pictures
author
William Brent Bell
genre
Horror

We gave it an C+

In Stay Alive, young gamers initiate a killer videogame by chanting its creepy opening ”Prayer of Elizabeth,” which dooms them all: When you die virtually, you die for real, too. The game/real-life melding is inventive but has holes, as one character survives ”Game Over.” Some special effects resonate (that crippled zombie spider crawling across a wall is très freaky), but the bloody shears-and-chains horror is nothing new.

EXTRAS A commentary from the filmmakers reveals standard behind-the-scenes tidbits.

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