Originally Posted by Genteel Death
Stagefright is the only Michele Soavi movie I've watched other than The Church so far. I found The Church’s story to be kind of tedious, or maybe I should simply say its execution, plus it’s filmed in a style too slick for my liking. Add to that that I am generally suspicious of movie ingredients such as witches, churches or any medieval imagery unless they are in films at least 40 years old or documentaries, and it didn’t make for fun viewing. I appreciated the references to ‘’Tenebre’’ in Stagefright, and I thought the movie’s pace made it flow quite nicely. Considering the story is pretty straightforward and there are no standout acting skills throughout it, personally I thought the setting held its own more convincingly than in a movie like Opera, where only a couple of really good scenes happen in front of the theatre’s stage, and most of the interesting action takes place away from it. Also, Opera’s ending is one of those WTF moments. When I last watched the movie with Melly the end made for a good ˝ hour laugh.
I can’t find anything about Sabrina Salerno’s connection to Stagefright even on Italian websites. Didn’t she use to go out with Raoul Bova for a while? Maybe that’s the link between her and Michele Soavi. I had started watching ‘’Shock’’ a while ago but for some reason I was distracted by something and missed almost all of it. Will definitely re-visit it.
isn't the ending to Opera where the main character suddenly appears in a forest, and the man she seemingly killed in the fire shows up to kill her? it was very bizarre, and even included something about a lizard if I'm not mistaken. I'll have to watch it again but I remember this throwing me off guard. I think Argento may have intended it to be a joke or something. I have the dvd somewhere that includes this little documentary on the making of the film... which is worth a watch if you enjoyed the movie. It may very well be my favorite thing he's directed.