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
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...