No Fright

Jordan Ladd in Stage Fright (2017)

Once upon a time Sarah Conrad (Jordan Ladd) was a major opera star, that was before she was violently attacked and whilst her attacked died it has left her not only struggling with nightmares but a sense of paranoia which sees her hiding guns all over her home just in case. But with an opera singing rival wanting to claim some of her songs for her own Sarah is prepared to make a comeback, with the support of her daughter Haley (Savannah Osborn). But even before she makes her return to the stage Sarah finds herself being stalked by a crazed fan called Kevin (Peter Stickles) who has a shrine to Sarah in his home.

I am trying to put my finger on it but there is something about "Stage Fright" which caused me to disengage. In fact I would say it is not one thing but a whole series of things which combined makes this one of those movies which struggles to get and hole your attention. The trouble starts with the character of Sarah Conrad as whilst Jordan Ladd is a likeable actress the character is bland as are all the other characters in the movie which makes it hard to become invested in Sarah. In fact some of the characters are uncomfortably over the top which doesn't fit well with the drama side of the story.

The there is that drama side of the story and this is one of those movies which sets up an obvious storyline with a guy at the record store who is an obsessed fan. But then it wants us to doubt are own thoughts as a series of events make us question whether her former boyfriend and manager are some way involved in the series of events designed to unsettle Sarah so that she has another episode when she returns to the stage. The thing is that the drama, a series of deaths, the doubt whether the original attacker really died just doesn't grab you.

What this all boils down to is that "Stage Fright" just doesn't come together in a way which really grabs you attention and fails to really toy with you when it comes to how it is going to play out.

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