Stag (film)

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Directed by Gavin Wilding
Produced by
  • John Dunning
  • Michael Paseornek
Screenplay by
  • Pat Bermel
  • Evan Tylor
Story by Jason Schombing
Music by Paul Zaza
Cinematography Maryse Alberti
Edited by Mark Sanders
Release dates
  • 1997 (1997)
Country United States
Language English

Stag is a 1997 American thriller film, directed by Gavin Wilding, made for HBO and later released theatrically after drawing large ratings. Stag features an ensemble cast including Ben Gazzara, Andrew McCarthy, Taylor Dayne, Mario Van Peebles, Lawrence Leritz, William McNamara, John Henson, Kevin Dillon, and Jerry Stiller. Produced by Lions Gate Entertainment.


At a bachelor party, a group of men are partying with two stripper sisters named Serena (Taylor Dayne) and Kelly (Jenny McShane). Serena steals one of the men and makes love to her, while a group of men party with her sister Kelly until Kelly accidentally falls onto the stone floor and dies. Another person, who is her bodyguard, dies too in an accident. Arriving and witnessing the accidental deaths of Kelly and her bodyguard, Serena begins crying over her sister's death and confronts a group of men, who almost apologize. Two men kidnap Serena and hold her hostage upstairs. A group of men cover the tracks and eliminate the bodies of two people who are deceased. One rescuer frees Serena, but he and Serena are kidnapped by their captors. He and Serena are later rescued. Grabbing the two guns in her hands, Serena shoots and murders her kidnappers. The kidnappers later die in a gunshot thanks to her.



Brendan Kelly of Variety called it "an efficient psychological thriller" that "becomes a tad predictable".[1] Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club called it "stagey, badly written, and mind-numbingly predictable".[2] TV Guide rated it 2/4 stars and called it "a sometimes gripping, sometimes frustrating suspense drama".[3] Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times called it "relentlessly obvious and tedious".[4]

It has been compared to the 1998 film Very Bad Things.[5]


  1. ^ Kelly, Brendan (1997-06-15). "Review: 'Stag'". Variety. Retrieved 2015-02-17. 
  2. ^ Rabin, Nathan (2002-03-29). "Stag". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2015-02-17. 
  3. ^ "Stag". TV Guide. Retrieved 2015-02-17. 
  4. ^ Thomas, Kevin (1997-09-26). "When 'Stag' Goes Awry, It's No Party". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-02-17. 
  5. ^ Busch, Anita M. (1998-05-08). "This week in Hollywood". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2015-02-17. 

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