What Keeps You Alive

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Smart, stylish, and well-acted, What Keeps You Alive proves it's still possible to spin an engrossing horror yarn without fundamentally altering established formula.



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How much can you really know about another person? The unsettling truth that even those closest to us can harbor hidden dimensions drives this thrillingly unpredictable, blood-stained fear trip. Jackie (Hannah Emily Anderson) and Jules (Brittany Allen) are a couple celebrating their one year anniversary at a secluded cabin in the woods belonging to Jackie's family. From the moment they arrive, something changes in Jules' normally loving wife, as Jackie (if that even is her real name) begins to reveal a previously unknown dark side-all building up to a shocking revelation that will pit Jules against the woman she loves most in a terrifying fight to survive. Defying expectations at every turn, Director Colin Minihan delivers a nerve-twisting cat and mouse thriller built around a shattering tale of heartbreak and betrayal.

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  • Despite a few predictable beats, "What Keeps You Alive" offers plenty of effective jolts, helped along by the chemistry between leads Anderson and Allen.

    Oct 1, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • That being said, the victory of What Keeps You Alive is not its heart-thumping (and a little too long) second act, but the question of survival versus vengeance the film raises.

    Oct 1, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Nonetheless, it's an entertaining and well-crafted effort from a resourceful indie team who've scored enough respectable base hits to date that one might reasonably expect them to deliver a home-run any time now.

    Oct 1, 2018 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

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  • The dead center of the movie is a protracted rowboat chase no amount of thumping music can rescue. What Keeps You Alive barely picks up from there.

    Aug 24, 2018 | Full Review…

    Andrew Whalen

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  • Effectively eerie and unnerving.

    Aug 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • As it's unfolding, What Keeps You Alive delivers on its promise and serves as yet another reminder that cabins in the woods are to hapless movie characters what sausage grinders are to livestock.

    Aug 23, 2018 | Full Review…

    Glen Weldon

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