Some guy lent me the first three Michele Soavi films. Michele is the director of Dellamorte Dellamore. You might have seen it, it's called Cemetery Man here in the US, Rupert Everett in a cemetery with the undead. He shoots them in the head when they pop out of their graves. He tires of his lonely life in the cemetery and contemplates leaving. Then it turns sort of existential. It came out back in 1994. Some say that the Italian Blu-ray is the disc to buy.
StageFright is the first of Michele's feature films. He'd worked in the Italian film industry for a while before he got to direct StageFright. It's about a bunch of struggling theater people putting on a show. It's modern dance thing with all sorts of crap going on. I'd hate it. It would make me want to punch the show's director. He's such a pretentious twat, anyone would. The rest of the cast has their personal dramas, we get to share some of that before the killing starts.
The story of the stage play is about a murderer called Night Owl. He wears a big mask of an owl. One of the women, named Alicia, sprains an ankle. The costume lady drives her to a local mental hospital, it's the closest doctor. He helps Alicia and the women return to the theater. Unknown to them the station wagon has a third passenger, a crazy murderer from the mental hospital managed to escape. He kills the costume woman right away. The police come but they don't find the guy. They leave a couple of policemen at the theater.
That won't help much, the killer starts picking everyone off, one or two at a time, and by the end of the movie the stage is littered with corpses in a creepy tableau. Rampaging murderous scum aren't my favorite movie villains, I'd rather watch demons and monsters. It's a fairly good movie, well made for a first film, but I wouldn't need to watch it much now that I know what's up. People that like a slasher film would probably like this more than me.