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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2013
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BN3DUO6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,265 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Forced to take refuge from a deadly tornado, the Maguire family finds shelter in an abandoned storm cellar. As the storm passes, the family tries to make their way out, only to realize that someone - or something not quite human - is holding them captive. Struggling to get out alive, they soon find out they aren't alone.

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As it was, I was bored to tears.
The Movie Guy
The girls were all so irritating and dumb it was hard to root for them but the bad guys were equally lame.
hermie
It was very suspenseful and had a great story.
T. Youmans

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dscrbn on March 2, 2013
Format: DVD
Got to see this in an Independent Film Festival. It was really cool! Such a good idea- a monster that is "activated" by tornados like a werewolf is by the moon. Small Kansas town that is a tight knit community turns into a nightmare for some girls and their mom who are just traveling through and get stuck in the storm. Being from a small town in the midwest myself makes this movie seem even creepier! I just love how original it is. Can't wait to see it again, so I'm sure I will buy this DVD as soon as it is out!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Zelenda's on March 11, 2013
Format: DVD
I saw this at a film screening in Kansas City and I loved it. Tense, suspenseful, eerie, and downright creepy. All around, a great horror story, a methodical slow burn up until the chaotic ending. Artistically shot, fantastically written, all around a breath of fresh air for the horror genre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anita A. Berg on May 30, 2013
Format: DVD
Great independent, low budget movie. Decent writing and acting. Good tension, not a lot of silly jump scares and pointless gore you would typically expect for lower budget horror. Suggests a sequel story that I would actually watch. Entertaining and refreshing.
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I thought this was going to be stronger than it was, given the many reviews that maintained it as a 3 star movie, as compared to other streaming horror titles. I guess I am maintaining that by giving it a 3 but I don't think its fair to go down as there wasn't anything so wrong with it as to discard it. My 2 or under ratings are 'don't watch' warnings. This is definitely NOT a primetime viewing experience. Maybe a rainy Sat. afternoon if you have nothing to watch and are sick and in bed kinda movie. The family consists of 3 sisters and their mother, enroute to pick up their father from the airport who is returning from military service. They hole up in the wrong house when a tornado emerges. The synopsis says 'they are not alone' or some such thing but don't take that to mean a force of any kind or anything supernatural. Its more of a mutant creature feature. There was nothing spooky, creepy, menacing, etc. here for me. The atmosphere didn't work. The antagonists came off comedic to me. The ending suggests a part 2. If so, count me out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on May 30, 2013
Format: DVD
Janet (Erin McGrane) is recovering from AA. She has three daughters. Alice (Emily Boresow) is the quiet introvert. Sally (Sally Spurgeon) wants to be called Sarah because it sounds more professional. Jennifer (Meg Saricks) has trouble with geometry and aspires to be a porn star or something. On their way to the airport to pick up dad, a returning soldier, they get side tracked by a tornado. They break into a farm cellar, and then become prisoners.

The interesting aspect of the film is the family of captors. The mom (Joicie Appell) was perhaps the most interesting character in the film. Had the film concentrated on this family instead, they could have made a camp classic. As it was, I was bored to tears. The action builds up too slow until about 50 minutes into the film when things pick up. Unfortunately the film stays with the boring formula.

Doesn't make a decent rental.

Parental Guide: No sex, or nudity. I don't recall any F-bombs.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anita A. Berg on May 30, 2013
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Great independent, low budget movie. Decent writing and acting. Good tension, not a lot of silly jump scares and pointless gore you would typically expect for lower budget horror. Suggests a sequel story that I would actually watch. Entertaining and refreshing.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By lrobhubbard on May 31, 2013
Format: DVD
Disclaimer upfront - I worked on this movie, make an appearance and even get some mentions on the commentary tracks.

If you're looking for 'horror film' that has lots of blood and gore flying around, gratuitous female nudity, flimsy & poorly written characters who are pretty much just there to be killed for entertainment, all held together by a ramshackle by-the-numbers story -- then this movie AIN'T FOR YOU.

If, on the other hand, you're looking for a horror film that has some craft put towards its storytelling - characters that aren't one-dimensional and simply there to be killed; some actual suspense and tension, practical monster effects and CGI that's used in service to the story - then you may want to give this a chance.

It is a horror film, but in the old-school sense of the term - it also stands as a pretty good drama with some elements of horror and the fantastic that supplants the drama. Fans of horror remakes, reboots, requels or of gorehound backyard cinema trash aren't gonna find a lot that they'll like here... actual craft and care taken may indeed come off as 'old-fashioned', but it's a film that'll stand up for years to come. And yes; there *may* be 'more to come' regarding the Nailbiter Saga - that depends on YOU.

If you like this, check out Patrick Rea's short films (SeNoReality Pictures) and his first feature, THE EMPTY ACRE; and writer Kendall Sinn's SHADOW FALLS & SHADOW FALLS MEMORIAL.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By brandyis on May 31, 2013
Format: DVD
Several friends, whose opinion I trust, recommended this movie to me. I didn't have high expectations because it is often hit or miss with low(ish) budget movies. This movie was a pleasant surprise. The story is about a woman and her three daughters on the way to pick up the husband/father from the airport. Trapped in a storm they take refuge in a cellar and encounter some...interesting "people."

One of the most impressive things about the movie was the writer/director's ability to avoid overdone cliches and tropes. The women are resilient and intelligent as well as interesting.

The acting and special effects may not have been Oscar worthy, but they were good. I didn't find myself distracted by either which is a sign of an enjoyable and carefully made movie.

This is a movie that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys horror movies and doesn't need an extravagant and overwrought Hollywood heavy weight. I'm looking forward to seeing more from the maker's of this film.
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