What Keeps You Alive review

Following on from the excellent It Stains the Sands Red, Director Colin Minihan goes for the jugular with What Keeps You Alive.

It all seems hunky dory for married couple Jackie and Jules as they set off on a romantic get away to the middle of nowhere.

Little does Jule know that her partner has a dark past which will soon unravel itself.

The best way to describe this film is visceral, where It Stains was dark with glimpses of humour, What Keeps You Alive is bleak survivalist horror.

For those who have seen Revenge, you may feel a slight sense of déjà vu but the world of horror deserves both of these films.

The score from Brittany Allen is truly stunning too and really encapsulates the isolation and terror of this situation.

You may feel at one stage that Minihan has played all his cards but he has a few tricks up his sleeve, with the finale proving a real home run.

It’s not an easy watch as it doesn’t shy away from violence against women, it’s very much equal opportunity in that case.

What Keeps You Alive is about survival and battling against impossible odds, and with some stunning performances it really makes the story gripping.


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