USA release date: November 26, 2019 | Distributed by Gravitas Ventures

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Five friends are consumed by madness and greed after they discover an abandoned goldmine.

Inspired by true events

Best Picture, 2019 Action On Film Festival, Las Vegas

Best Picture, 2019 Action On Film Festival, Las Vegas

Best Cinematography, 2019 Portland Horror Film Festival

Best Cinematography, 2019 Portland Horror Film Festival


"A tense thrill ride that explores a compelling “What would you do?” scenario. It sucks you's creepy, but it's got intelligence and empathy." ~Aisle Seat

Stay Out Stay Alive is fine, suspenseful scare fare, with rousing set pieces, a pervading sense of doom, masterly direction, and super performances from its ensemble cast.” ~GruesomeMagazine

"Stay Out Stay Alive is a suspenseful descent into the power of greed...Not only is the film bubbling with tension, but it also sends a powerful underlying moral and social message to the audience...The film also boasts a terrific ensemble cast." ~BloggingBanshee

"a film that grips the audience one moment after the next...Stay Out Stay Alive is a tense ride with a lot of great moments" ~ TroubleCity

“Dean Yurke’s bitter little horror thriller makes for a satisfying morality play…keeps you guessing until a legitimately gripping climax.” ~BirthMoviesDeath


the story:

Shadowed by a haunting presence in the redwood forest, five young hikers discover an abandoned goldmine dating back to the Gold Rush and descend into madness and greed as the pursuit of easy riches consumes them. STAY OUT STAY ALIVE depicts the struggle of human nature and the curse of insatiable greed, and poses the questions "What would YOU risk - what would YOU sacrifice - for unimaginable wealth?" After an earthquake plummets Donna - one of the hikers - down a mine shaft where she is pinned under a rock, the group must choose between saving their friend or taking their time to unlawfully mine the forbidden gold for themselves. As the group degenerates into conflict, a ghostly remnant of the mine's past ratchets up the horror of the unfolding events.

Inspired by True Events:

STAY OUT STAY ALIVE is based on true events and inspired by both the California Gold Rush-era Mariposa Indian War and the curse of Chief Tenaya issued as a result of that conflict between gold miners and Native Americans, as well as the current phenomenon of people exploring the 500,000 abandoned mines across the U.S. and falling afoul of the hazards these mines pose. Learn more here.

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