For the entire month of April, Cinefessions will be locked into The Asylum, reviewing films released by the famed studio. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout April you will get another review on a film released by The Asylum. April’s podcast will also be devoted to films from The Asylum, and you can decide which three will be reviewed right here. Today, Branden remembers why it’s important to always Hold Your Breath when driving by a cemetery.
Title: Hold Your Breath (2012)
Director: Jared Cohn
Runtime: 87 minutes
As the story goes, if one drives by a cemetery that houses a spirit so evil that even Hell doesn’t want it, holding your breath is the only way to keep the spirit out of your body. If you choose not to hold your breath, then the spirit will take over your body, and continue to do evil. This is the premise of The Asylum’s Hold Your Breath (or #HoldYourBreath for Twitter users). Even though this idea sounds pretty silly, Hold Your Breath is a surprisingly strong film.
Hold Your Breath is about a group of old high-school friends getting back together after college for a weekend camping trip. They agree to a no cell phone weekend, which is little more than a smart, easy plot device to make the rest of the film work. They lock up their cell phones in the SUVs glove box, and head off for a weekend of fun in the sun. On the way, they pass an old cemetery, and Jerry (Katrina Bowden) warns the group that they have to hold their breath, citing the story I mentioned above. The stoner of the group, Kyle (played wonderfully by Seth Cassell), decides to ignore her warning, and a local serial killer takes over his body. There is more to this story, though, as this serial killer’s spirit is able to jump from body to body when he sees fit. The group is faced with the challenge of ridding the world of this evil spirit before they are all picked off one by one. Continue reading