October 25, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

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.

type
Movie
Genre
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
85 minutes
director
William Brent Bell
Cast
Jon Foster,
Frankie Muniz,
Studio
Buena Vista Pictures,
Hollywood Pictures
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