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Hold Your Breath (2012)

R | | Horror | 5 October 2012 (USA)
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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.


Jared Cohn


Geoff Meed (screenplay), Kenny Zinn (story)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Katrina Bowden ... Jerry
Randy Wayne ... Johnny
Erin Marie Hogan ... Natasha
Steve Hanks ... McBride
Joshua Michael Allen Joshua Michael Allen ... Young McBride (as Josh Allen)
Brad Slaughter Brad Slaughter ... Tony
Seth Cassell ... Kyle
Darin Cooper ... Warden Wilkes
Jordan Pratt-Thatcher ... Heath
Lisa Younger ... Samantha
Keith Allan ... Van Hausen (as Keith Allen)
Devanny Pinn ... Woman With Scar
Natalie Sterling Natalie Sterling ... Scar Woman's Sister
Gerald Webb ... Park Ranger
Alex Ball ... Burly Guard #2
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There is an old wives' tale that you should hold your breath when passing by a cemetery lest an evil spirit rejected by both heaven and hell gets inside of you when you inhale. Someone in a carload of college kids on holiday doesn't hold his/her breath when driving by a graveyard, allowing the spirit of a recently executed serial killer to get inside him/her to begin a spree of body-jumping carnage. Written by Anonymous

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When you drive by a graveyard, don't ever forget...



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R For strong bloody violence, sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


At the end of the movie when they go through the turn they're driving a older Toyota 4runner, but when they change screens and start driving to the bridge it goes back to the newer Nissan. See more »


Although the group is supposed to be in Florida, all license plates displayed are Californian. See more »


McBride: You'd rather jack off a bobcat than stay here.
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Produced by Marco Ortoli
Performed by Delta
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Poor, but there's been worse from The Asylum
10 May 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The Asylum have made some tolerable movies, but a vast majority of their work, especially those from the disaster movie genre, is terrible. Hold Your Breath is far from their worst and is redeemable, but at the same time it is generally a poor movie. It does have a pretty effective opening sequence, a couple of inventive deaths, the beautiful Katrina Bowden giving a quite intense performance, Steve Hanks stealing every scene he's in and the hilarious line "You look as confused as a baby in a titty bar!". For me though, that's all there is to Hold Your Breath. The rest of the actors don't distinguish themselves and come across as bland and awkward. Actually Seth Cassell isn't so bad, he does have some acting talent but it is a talent that is not used very well at all in the movie because like all the actors he has little to work with. The actors do struggle with very cookie-cutter and severely underdeveloped characters and also a clunky script- that throws things in and leaves them unexplained often. McBride has the best lines easily, though I was never sure whether they were supposed to be taken seriously or for comedy. Excusing that the story is very derivative, with an idea that has been done to death already, the telling of it is very by-the-numbers, even some of the inventive deaths are not enough to disguise lazy exposition, really bad pedestrian pacing(especially after the prologue until McBride is introduced) or a distractingly goofy final act(like I was watching a different movie all of a sudden). The villain is not very memorable or menacing either. The direction and editing are amateurish at best, and the music doesn't gel with the atmosphere, some of the songs even sounded like bad, forgettable knock-offs of Evanescence. All in all, a poor movie but the Asylum has done worse than this. 4/10 Bethany Cox

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5 October 2012 (USA) See more »

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