Friday, February 22, 2013

Hold Your Breath

Genre - Horror
Year Released - 2012
Running Time - 86 minutes
Directed by Jared Cohn
Written by Geoff Meed & Kenny Zinn
Cast Includes: Katrina Bowden, Randy Wayne, Steve Hanks, and Keith Allen

Rating: 3 Skulls

Plot Summary:
A group of friends, on a weekend camping trip, find themselves being picked off one by one when one member of the group refuses to abide by the urban myth that you can breathe in evil spirits when passing cemeteries.


As a fan of "Asylum Pictures" - famous for their low-budget/direct-to-dvd/"mock-buster" films, such as 'MegaPiranha' & 'Two-Headed Shark Attack' (among my favorites) or 'Almighty Thor' or 'Battle of Los Angeles' (among their worst) - I was excited to hear about their 1st theatrical release: 'Hold Your Breath' starring Katrina Bowden (from 'Tucker & Dale vs Evil' - my favorite horror film of 2011)

Based (very loosely) on the urban legend that you need to hold your breath whenever passing by a cemetery, so wandering spirits can't get inside of you and possess you... (the funny thing is my kids do this - not out of fear of possession - simply for fun, as it can be quite difficult sometimes, when passing very large cemeteries!)

The film actually starts off rather well (better than I was expecting at least) beginning in 1956, in a Sanitarium for the Criminally Insane, at the on-set of an execution (did insane asylums perform executions?!?) 
While the criminal is being escorted to the electric chair, a list of his (ridiculous) kills is being read, while a lightning storm is brewing outside (if ever there was a perfect moment to have Metallica score a scene, it would have been this one, with Ride the Lightning!)

The film then jumps to present day, where you now realize that you are, in-fact, watching an 'Asylum' Picture - full of bad lines, gaping plot-holes, etc, etc.

Still, it's not all that bad - nothing that needs to be seen in a theater, mind you, but worth the watch if you are a fan of Asylum Pictures - keep an eye out for it, as I'm sure that it will eventually hit SyFy...



jimmie t. murakami said...

The Asylum are getting better all the time, Paranormal Entity was quite good and funnily enough it was the one movie they`ve made so far where the budget was actually bigger than the budget was for its Hollywood made counterpart. By the way Jason, even the Asylums worst movies are still infinitely better than anything the British, you know the rest ! ! !.

thebonebreaker said...

Jimmie, glad to hear that you are also a fan of The Asylum!
I am not really a big fan of "ghost"/paranormal movies (I watched the 1st Paranormal Activity, and was bored to tears) so I have never seen Paranormal Entity, though based on you enjoying it, I will give it a shot!


jimmie t. murakami said...

Actually Jason, strickly speaking, "Paranormal Entity" isn`t really that good (just as "Paranormal Activity" wasn`t either, as you said), its just that i can never resist giving that example of bad American movies still being 1000 times better than British movies (which they are, believe me). Sorry about that, its just that i hate and despise British made films so much, as you well know of course. Remember, always steer well clear of British made films and you`ll live to be 100, guaranteed ! ! !. By the way, you can still go ahead and watch "Paranormal Entity" if you want to because it is one of those movies that falls into the "so bad its good" catagory, so hopefully you still might get a few laughs out of it.

thebonebreaker said...

Jimmie, I get where you are coming from (in respect to Paranormal Entity) I'm not expecting to be blown away or anything... ;-)
I will still give it a shot (and perhaps even post my thoughts)

thebonebreaker said...

whoops, hit enter too soon...
Perhaps one day next week.