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''Stay Alive'' (2006) is a {{horror}} film written by William Brent Bell, who also directed, and Matthew Peterman. This film was produced by [=McG=], co-produced by Hollywood Pictures and released on March 24, 2006, in the United States.

The movie centers on an online {{survival horror}} video game called ''[[FictionalVideoGame Stay Alive]]'', based on the myth of a figure called the Blood Countess, who was buried alive in the tower of her real estate in the Geronge Plantation. There's a good reason why this game is still in beta, though: The people who play it have a nasty habit of dying.

A group of twenty-somethings find themselves in possession of this particular video game after the brutal death of their friend, and soon discover that they are being murdered in the same way as their characters died in the game. Now they must race against time to defeat the spirit of the countess in order to escape the game.
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!! ''Stay Alive'' contains examples of:
* Adorkable: Swink
* TheAggressiveDrugDealer: What's with that Gamestop clerk? There's a scene where the cop goes to a Gamestop for information and the clerk tries to sell him a First Person Shooter as if it were heroin. It's like they just lifted a drug dealer interrogation scene from another movie and replaced all instances of "crack" with "game." He's even twitchy and neurotic, like he's been sampling his own stuff.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Elisabeth Bathory did exist in history but was Hungarian. She is infamous as a serial killer who was rumored to have murdered young girls and bathed in their blood to keep herself youthful. In the film, her InUniverse story is set in New Orleans and her infamy is on a much different scale.
* AssholeVictim: Phinneas
* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever
* TheBigEasy
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Swink]]
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: The game definitely features this.
* FictionalVideoGame: The eponymous game.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: Happens to October, who's for bonus points is actually Hutch's ''original'' love interest. Literally less than half a day after the brutal death of his girlfriend, Hutch seemingly forgets all about her and hooks up with Abigail instead. [[WhatTheHellHero Our hero, ladies and gentleman!]]
* FortuneTeller: Hutch and Abigail see one who tells them the tale of Elisabeth Bathory
* TheGamePlaysYou: If someone just leaves the game...
* GamerChick: October.
* GoryDiscretionShot: This movie is rated PG-13. One of the most obvious was the second victim.
* HeyItsThatGuy
** Abigail used to be a [[NotAnotherTeenMovie conjoined twin]]
** [[MalcolmInTheMiddle Malcolm]]
** Detective Thibodeaux / Agent Dick Gill
** Loomis Crowley / Peter Petrelli
** Bossman Miller used to work with [[ABeautifulMind Russell Crowe]]
* HollywoodGameDesign: The game was apparently made by one guy drawing creepy pictures in a notebook. Over the course of the movie we see almost his entire house and ''he doesn't even have a computer.''
* IvyLeagueForEveryone
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:Elizabeth Bathory.]]
* TheMostDangerousVideoGame [[XMeetsY meets]] TheGameComeToLife.
* NintendoHard
* PacManFever: The movie gets certain details ''close'' enough to right that it serves only to piss off the few audience members that actually know what they're talking about.
* ShoutOut: A {{Steamboy}} poster can be seen hanging in the background in a scene.
* ShownTheirWork: Despite the things they got wrong above, some of their video game references are correct, which is because they hired [[EpicGames CliffyB]] as their consultant.
* StockScream: Used when the goth girl is attacked.
* TagalongKid: Frankie Muniz's character.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Inverted. The game is cruel to the players.
* WhamLine: Abigail's relevation that her father is ''not'' an architect and her mother ''doesn't'' teach first grade is treated as such, but not explained.
* WinToExit
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