A troupe of struggling stage actors is rehearsing for a small-town production of a play. Everything seems to be as it should until one of the cast members turns up dead. In a panic, the others try to get out, only to find they are now locked in the theater with the killer! Which one of them committed the murder, and who will get out alive?
Michele Soavi, sometimes known as Michael Soavi (born July 3, 1957) is an Italian filmmaker.
Born in Milan, Italy in 1957, Michele Soavi’s parents separated when he was little and he lived with his mother who remarried a painter. Interested in his stepfather’s interest in painting, Soavi began an interest in creative arts in his school. During his teenage years, he decided that the cinema was his true calling after attending several movie screenings and developing a taste for acting. After graduating from high school, Soavi took acting lessons at Fersen Studios in Milan. His first acting role was an extra in the movie Bambule (1979) which was directed by Marco Modugno. During production, Modungo, impressed by Soavi’s interest in the movies, offered him a job as an assistant director which Soavi accepted and learned more about a director’s film making technique. After acting in small roles in Day of the Cobra (1980) and City of the Living Dead (1980… read more
A standard slasher – despite being an Italian film, the tone is closer to the American genre rather than a giallo, although Dario Argento’s influence is rife – but its style puts up higher in the pecking order of this sub-genre and as a film its worth remembering, something gory, drenched in the 1980s and never letting its emptiness take away from it being a tense piece of knowingly lurid entertainment.