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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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Gamactica After Dark: Video Games, Streaming, IT: Chapter 2, A24’s The Lighthouse, and More

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Gamactica After Dark

The latest episode of the Gamactica After Dark podcast (episode #7) presented by Fright Nerd, is now up on YouTube.

On tap for discussion: Twitch, Mixer, Video Games, and we give our review of IT: Chapter 2, preview The Lighthouse, and our picks for the “must watches” each year as we enter the Halloween season.

Check out the latest episode below:

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Rob Zombie Aims to Make ‘House of 1000 Corpses’ a Musical

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House of 1000 Corpses

Rob Zombie has proven throughout his film career that he likes to be a little eccentric when it comes to his films, and that approach has not wavered since his first hit ‘House of 1000 Corpses’.

Although it’s been 16 years since it first hit theaters back in 2003, Rob Zombie still has plans for the film.

Those plans? Make it into a musical.

“Oh that’s something I would totally consider doing, because it’s something that I think really lends itself to that,” Zombie said, during an interview with MovieWeb. “Because that movie, in particular, is so theatrical and so over the top, that it seems like it would work. Especially these days, where you have everything from Spider-Man, to Beetlejuice, to The Addams Family as a Broadway play.”

While it is certainly something Zombie wants to do, it is not currently in the works.

“I’ve made no moves yet to try and make that happen but it is a backburner thing in my mind all the time.”

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Trailer for ‘Hell House LLC 3’ Officially Arrives

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Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire

Shudder has dropped the first official full trailer for ‘Hell House LLC 3’ which will bring a close to the series.

According to the synopsis: “In the final installment, guests both past and present will be forced to battle for their souls, as all is revealed about the infamous Abaddon Hotel and the evil that dwells there.

“Set one year after the events of Hell House LLC II: The Abaddon Hotel, the hotel is on the verge of being torn down when it is purchased by billionaire Russell Wynn (Gabriel T. Chytry) as the new home for his popular interactive show, “Insomnia.” He invites journalist Venessa Sheppard (Elizabeth Vermilyea) and her crew to record everything happening inside the hotel leading up to the performance, but they soon encounter a more nefarious plot, one that threatens to unleash a veritable hell on earth.”

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