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REVIEW: What Keeps You Alive

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IFC Midnight continues to deliver consistent horror movie content, and this weekend marked the release of Colin Minihan’s ‘What Keeps You Alive‘ on VOD. The film had picked up a lot of buzz during it’s run on the festival circuit, including a nomination for Best Motion Picture at the Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival.

“Majestic mountains, a still lake and venomous betrayals engulf a female married couple attempting to celebrate their one-year anniversary.”

A couple, Jackie (Hannah Emily Anderson) and Jules (Brittany Allen), celebrating their one-year anniversary vacation to a secluded woods cabin that was the childhood vacation home of Jackie and offers a relaxing vibe and majestic scenery.

Immediately things seem off, as neighbor Sarah (Martha MacIsaac) visits the property, reuniting Jackie with her childhood friend. Jules seems threatened, perhaps believing there was some sort of romantic connection and ventures, by row boat, to visit their neighbors, Sarah and Daniel (Joey Klein), from across the lake.

Sarah discusses their childhood and brings up another friend of her’s and Jackie that had drowned during a swimming accident, having a profound impact on their childhood, and is surprised that Jackie had not told Jules about this profound tragedy.

Jules confronts Jackie, who breaks down to explain the tragedy, and the two seem to be okay, but something seems to have set off Jackie.

During a hike, Jackie and Jules venture to a cliff to take in a breathtaking view, when Jackie unexpectedly charges Jules and shoves her off the cliff to fall, to what appears to be, her death. When a bruised and battered Jules awakens, the movie takes a turn towards and evil hunt that will push Jules to her limits and will leave people dead.

Hannah Emily Anderson delivers a performance that steals the movie, as her portrayal of a psychotic, emotionally detached, lunatic is not on believable, it resonates, and is worthy of award consideration.

The film won’t provide jump scares, but it will give you a true psychological thriller that is a throwback to the days of Alfred Hitchcock, with stunning cinematography, and artistic flair that only helps create a unique setting for the film.

‘What Keeps You Alive’ finds a good groove, that works throughout 85% of the movie, creating a solid movie, but a nonsensical, and illogical chain of events towards the end anchors down the overall feeling of a film that deserved a far less head-scratching finish.

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'What Keeps You Alive' finds a good groove, that works throughout 85% of the movie, creating a solid movie, but a nonsensical, and illogical chain of events towards the end anchors down the overall feeling of a film that deserved a far less head-scratching finish.
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Netflix’s ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ Is the Perfect Leadup to Halloween

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Netflix has released a trailer for it’s 10-episode horror series ‘The Haunting of Hill House’, which officially arrives on October 12th, and it looks like the perfect show to binge as you officially celebrate the Halloween season this October.

According to the synopsis:

“A modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson‘s iconic novel, “The Haunting of Hill House” explores a group of siblings who, as children, grew up in what would go on to become the most famous haunted house in the country.  Now adults, and forced back together in the face of tragedy, the family must finally confront the ghosts of their past — some of which still lurk in their minds while others may actually be stalking the shadows of Hill House.”

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The final film in the Giallo trilogy, ‘Abrakadabra’ will make it’s premier at the upcoming SITGES Film Festival in October, and a new trailer has arrived the hype Luciano and Nicolás Onetti’s next film.

According to the synopsis: “Dante, The Great, a prestigious magician, accidentally dies during a risky magic trick. Thirty-five years later his son Lorenzo, also a magician, presents a magic show in one of the most important theaters in the city. From then on, a series of murders will begin to take place and will attempt to incriminate him. Lorenzo must discover who and why seeks to involve him before it is too late…”

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‘The Dark’ to Arrive on VOD and in Theaters Next Month

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This October will pack plenty of fun for horror fans, as we all gear up for what should be an incredible Halloween season for fright fans, and ‘The Dark’ will be adding more fun to an already stacked horror movie lineup in October.

The Dark Sky film, which stars Nadia Alexander, Toby Nichols, and Karl Markovics, is about, “On the outskirts of a small town lies Devil’s Den, a mysterious tract of woods where many have entered but no one has ever left. The local rumor is that the spirit of a young girl who was horrifically murdered there haunts and hunts in this dense forest, brutally slaying anyone who dares to step into her terrain. When a man with a dark past crosses her path, a series of events are set in motion that may lead to a peculiar kind of redemption for two tragically tortured souls.”

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