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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. It was produced by Lions Gate Entertainment.

Directed byGavin Wilding
Produced by
  • John Dunning
  • Michael Paseornek
Screenplay by
  • Pat Bermel
  • Evan Tylor
Story byJason Schombing
Music byPaul Zaza
CinematographyMaryse Alberti
Edited byMark Sanders
Release date
  • June 1997 (1997-06)
CountryUnited States



At Ken's 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 him, while a group of men party with her sister Kelly. Kelly accidentally falls onto the stone floor and dies. Another person, her bodyguard, also dies in an accident. Arriving and witnessing the accidental deaths of Kelly and her bodyguard, Serena begins crying and confronts a group of men, who give a weak apology.

Two of the men then kidnap Serena and hold her hostage upstairs. A group of men cover their tracks and eliminate the bodies of the two deceased people. A 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 reason the wild party began was to turn the tables on Ken, who had always made others the subject of his pranks.



Stag premiered on HBO in June 1997.[1]


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. ^ a b 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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