When I was but a young man playing Super Mario Bros, I thought that if you felt actual pain every time you lost a man, you would probably play better. Then I realized no one would want to play a game like that.
But they might like to go see a movie about it! Stay Alive is a horror movie about a video game where if you die in the game, you die in real life. To the right is the one sheet for that very same film. What a coincidence?
A killer video game movie feels like a very Japanese concept, but I don’t think this is a remake. It stars Frankie Muniz (is it too much to hope that this twerp gets offed in a big, painful way?) and Adam Goldberg, who told me back in December that his role was essentially the same as Drew Barrymore’s in Scream – he gets killed in the first ten minutes.
By the way, the best thing about horror movies like this is that the posters don’t have to feature floating heads. While I don’t think the Stay Alive poster is all that incredible, other recent shitty horror films like When A Stranger Calls have had pretty great concepts, well executed.