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Ever have one of those days where the universe just relentlessly takes one big steaming dump on you after another? From our character’s perspective, that’s Nailbiter in a nutshell.
Sure, all horror movies deliver characters in terrifying and evil scenarios, but Patrick Rea, director of 25 some odd shorts, and writer Kendal Sinn really just kick their spotlighted family every chance they’re down, starting simply with showing an alcoholic mother questioning the sobriety she’s been working towards for gosh knows how long. Such an insignificant detail once the tornadoes and horror kick in, but we watch as the low-blows keep snowballing into one gigantic rolling ball of despair.
In Nailbiter, Rea has crafted a tense and curiously inviting thriller in which the Maguire family are forced to take shelter in the basement of the nearest house when a tornado touches down in hot pursuit of their speeding car. Once in the basement, a tree falls on the door, forcing mother Janet (Erin McGrane) and her three girls to struggle for a way out. But just when hope seems lost, the tree is lifted off the door, and salvation seems within reach! Until someone boards all the windows, doors, and any other areas the family could possibly escape from. And then they hear a rustling in the basement. And then we meet the creepy old lady with a secret who actually lives in the house. And then our creature feature dimension kicks in. Tornadoes, monsters, and nail-biting, oh my!
Ok, before I seriously discuss Rea’s film, I have to address the one GLARING problem I had – Nailbiter‘s soundtrack. Julien Bickford’s original score was some cartoony mixture between terrible made for TV cavorting and bad 50’s style slapstick quirkiness.Read more ›
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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