Alive. aka Alive – Canada, 2018 – reviews

‘Maybe dead is better’

Alive. aka Alive is a 2018 Canadian horror feature film directed and edited by Rob Grant (Fake Blood; Mon Ami; Yesterday) from a screenplay by Chuck McCue and Jules Vincent. The movie stars Thomas Cocquerel, Camille Stopps, Angus Macfadyen (Saw III and IV) and Chantal Perron.


A severely injured man and woman awake in an abandoned sanitarium only to discover that a sadistic caretaker holds the keys to their freedom and the horrific answers as to their true identity…

Having played the festival circuit, Alive. has been picked up by sales agent SC Films International and will be marketed at this year’s American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica, California.


“There are pacing problems, notably once the film moves into the second act. Once the initial concept is established and our characters are in some sort of peril – it slows down significantly. And with the same locale for much of the film, there is the problem of repetition.” Michael Klug, Horrorfreak News

Alive might sound like it follows in the Saw-Hostel-New French Extremity tradition, as Charles Hamilton’s grungy cinematography would also suggest, but screenwriters Chuck McCue and Jules Vincent have devised some original and surprising twists. The film also radically alters our perception of Macfadyen (for the better).” Joe Bendel, J.B. Spins

“For a short period, we move from scene to scene of the doctor taking common medical assistance a step too far, before administering 20 cc’s of fast-forward juice to the next sadistic set piece. In these moments, the story progresses at a much slower pace than the rest of the movie but does pick back up again for a surprising 3rd act.” Jonathan Deehan, Nightmare on Film Street

“Rob Grant’s direction kept Alive. tense throughout, even through the early – fairly slow – half. That first half showed the patients gradually healing and gradually developing some strength and confidence; which clearly took several days, so there was no point rushing the action as such. The writers also took care to lay down several clues and make sure everything made internal sense so that the mystery reveal (yes, there is a resolution) fitted at the end.” Alice Field, Ready Steady Cut!

“Blood streaks every scene. However, there is also this psychological angle, especially when it comes to who the captor is and what motivates him. And then, the film takes a turn, becoming game of cat and mouse as escape drives the story. To be sure, the finale is unexpected and in a surprising way. Still, takes a step too many. ” David Duprey, That Moment In

“It’s a tense little nightmare scenario, made all the more unsettling by the music, eerie lighting, and Angus Macfadyen’s amazing performance as The Caretaker. His voice is just so reasonable; so patient; in a normal hospital, he’d seem reassuring. In this nightmare place, the relaxed way he comports himself signals his madness […] This is a goopy, splattery, macabre horror story from frame one. ” John Tebbutt, The YY Scene

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“This story has been done countless times in film and TV narratives, and given the plot’s limited locations, a dozen or so “captivity” films come to mind when watching. That being said, Grant’s delivery of this movie is immaculate and audiences will find few faults to pick up on. The chemistry he elicits between the performers is exceptional and the thrilling final third has a jaunty pace that will get fingernails firmly driven into chair arms.” UK Film Review

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