Stage Fright, The Horror Musical

I did not know there was such a thing as a horror musical (probably because I have not watched a lot of musicals in my life). Recently however, I had a chance to get acquainted with such artistic genre; and, NO, it was not a stage play.

Stage Fright is a Canadian movie directed by Jerome Sable. It stars rock legend, Meat Loaf, and Allie McDonald in the lead role of Camila Swanson. The story is about actor-actress wannabees who were going to stage a play similar to that of the "Phantom of the Opera." In the film, such stage musical was said to be cursed as any player who would be cast might die a violent death at any moment during the show.


The movie is a typical slasher mystery story, similar to the "Scooby Doo" type of who-don-it or who's-doing-it kind of plot. What makes it unique and interesting to me is how it managed to blend music, songs, and dance with the eery and dark theme of the movie. The changes in tone and melodic gestures, which adapted to the horrifying events that would occur every now and then, enabled me to adjust my emotions to what was going to happen next.

In the process of watching the film, the viewer might get an impression that the style is somewhat comedic and funny because of the dances and melodies that may not suit any horror themed movie. Be that as it may, the film is an escape from the usual scary movie or musical (whatever genre you are looking for) since not many movies are done in a combination of such a manner.

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