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.