What Keeps You Alive

Here we have a lesbian couple getting away into the woods to celebrate their one year anniversary. They have access to a large cabin home that has been in Sarah’s family. In fact, it appears she grew up at least part of her youth in the house and woods. When a seeming stranger shows up knocking at the door, we find out Sarah has an old childhood friend still living across the woods. There is some discomfort as Sarah’s new wife starts to get suspicious. Is it warranted? That’s what the film sets out to discover. This is Mystery/Horror done well!

I love movies like this where things are not quite as they seem. This film peels back the veneer exposing reality. It’s a thriller and probably a horror though I think it excels far more as a thriller.

What Keeps You Alive (2018)
R | 1h 38min | Horror, Thriller | 24 August 2018 (USA)
Trailer 2:16 | Trailer2 VIDEOS | 8 IMAGES
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Majestic mountains, a still lake and venomous betrayals engulf a female married couple attempting to celebrate their one-year anniversary.
Director: Colin Minihan
Writer: Colin Minihan
Stars: Hannah Emily Anderson, Brittany Allen, Martha MacIsaac

The director is Colin Minihan who is known for the popular series “Grave Encounters.” He also directed: “It Stains the Sands Red” and “Extraterrestrial.” I intend to watch all three of these soon. When people say Horror is dead, they need to look at directors like Minihan. I think he shows it’s alive and kicking.

There are many twists in this film. the ones toward the end are the most fun in my opinion, though some may disagree. I like how it presents as a lesbian lover film and then completely changes the theme. Some may be surprised at the direction this same sex married couple goes. After all, we should consider they have only been married a year when the conflicts begin to rain down in this plot.

Author: Damien Riley

I post film reviews both written & audio. I'm a writer & podcaster, BA/MA English from Cal State Fullerton. Based in: Victorville, CA, USA My film review site is rileyonfilm.com

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