STAY ALIVE

Occult Invasion

Content -4
Quality
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Violence        
Sex        
Nudity        

Release Date: March 24, 2006

Starring: Frankie Muniz, Jon Foster,
Samaire Armstrong, Jimmi
Simpson, Adam Goldberg, Sophia
Bush, and Wendell Pierce

Genre: Horror

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 85 minutes

Distributor: Hollywood Pictures/Buena Vista
Distribution/Walt Disney
Company

Director: William Brent Bell

Executive Producer: Jonathan Glickman, Doiugklas
Hansen, Becki Cross Trujillo,
and Adam Del Deo

Producer: McG, Roger Birnbaum, Gary
Barber, Matthew Peterman,
James D. Stern, and Peter
Schlessel

Writer: William Brent Bell and Matthew
Peterman

Address Comments To:

Robert Iger, President/CEO
Buena Vista Distribution Co.
(Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures)
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Phone: (818) 560-1000
Website: www.disney.com

Content:

(OOO, PaPa, B, C, LLL, VV, S, N, D, M) Very strong occult worldview with some strong pagan elements confusing fantasy with reality, mitigated by some moral, redemptive elements about trying to save lives and risking your own life for the life of others; at least 29 obscenities, 14 strong profanities and six light profanities; strong scary violence with some blood includes video game violence, man accidentally hangs himself, man stabbed to death, man run over by ghostly horse carriage, creepy figures stalk characters, woman's throat slit, man has blood on his hands, man almost hits ghostly girl with his car, man trapped in rose bushes while being chased by evil spirit, implied attack on policeman in van, man drives three nails into dead ghost's body, woman shoots nail gun at ghost, bugs on people, and maggots on dolls; implied fornication and a couple sexual references; upper male nudity and female cleavage; no alcohol; brief smoking and reference to smoking marijuana; and, people are mean or rude or callous, breaking and entering, and tattoos on one hero.

Summary:

STAY ALIVE is a PG-13 ghost story about a ghost who controls a mysterious, deadly video game that endangers the lives of a group of young adult video gamers. STAY ALIVE has its moments and some moral, redemptive elements, but its occult, pagan worldview is too overpowering and abhorrent to recommend STAY ALIVE to families, Christians or media-wise moviegoers.

Review:

STAY ALIVE is a PG-13 ghost story with a few moral, redemptive elements.

Hutch and his young friends are avid video game players who love to get together online. When four of his friends turn up dead under mysterious circumstances after playing a mysterious new game called "Stay Alive," Hutch and the rest of his friends investigate to make sure the same thing doesn't happen to them. Unhappily, the game now seems to have a mind of its own. Only by playing the game can they stop the game and protect themselves from the murdering spirit controlling the game.

STAY ALIVE has its moments. A major problem is that the two romantic lead characters are overshadowed by two or three of the other characters, including Frankie Muniz of TV's MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE as a talented computer geek. Frankie's acting experience clearly shows in this movie, which is also saddled with an abhorrent occult worldview which posits that the spirits of dead people can manipulate reality. Although the ghost is the villain, the good guys use occult pagan superstitions to help them defeat it. The occult, pagan worldview elements are too overpowering and abhorrent to recommend STAY ALIVE to families, Christians or media-wise moviegoers.

In Brief:

STAY ALIVE is a PG-13 ghost story with some moral, redemptive elements. Hutch and his friends are avid video game players who love to gather online. When four of his friends turn up dead under mysterious circumstances after playing a mysterious new game called "Stay Alive," Hutch and his other friends investigate to make sure the same thing doesn't happen to them. Unhappily, the game now seems to have a mind of its own. Only by playing the game can they stop the game and protect themselves from the murdering spirit controlling the game.

STAY ALIVE has its moments. A major problem is that the two romantic lead characters are overshadowed by two or three of the other characters, including Frankie Muniz as a talented computer geek. Frankie's acting experience clearly shows in this movie, which is also saddled with an abhorrent occult worldview which posits that the spirits of dead people can manipulate reality. Although the ghost is the villain, the good guys use occult pagan superstitions to help them defeat it. The occult, pagan worldview elements are too overpowering and abhorrent to recommend STAY ALIVE to families, Christians or media-wise moviegoers.