When Derek (AnDrew Seeley) moves to a new town and discovers a shortcut through the woods to his high school, he learns about a crazy old man who lives near its path: Legend has it that he abducted a group of teenagers years ago. Ignoring the warning, Derek and his friends set out to uncover the dark secret that's buried deep in the woods. But will they survive to tell it?
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.
Daniel, a brilliant lawyer who is about to become one of the state's youngest judges, is driving with his fiancé Jenny when they hit another car. She wakes up to learn the other driver is dead and she's being charged with manslaughter. Before help arrived on the scene, Daniel shifted Jenny to the driver's seat to hide his culpability. Desperate to get her life back, Jenny sets out to convince the vengeful dead driver's wife that she's innocent--only to realize that Daniel is determined to keep the truth secret.
Two hillbillies are suspected of being killers by a group of paranoid college kids camping near the duo's West Virginian cabin. As the body count climbs, so does the fear and confusion as the college kids try to seek revenge against the pair.