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Nailbiter

3.1 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews

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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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  • 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.)
  • 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 (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BN3DUO6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,696 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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 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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I thought this movie was worth watching. It gave us two different kinds of terror, real and supernatural. My heart pounded in some scenes, but I also felt sympathy for the mother's fight to save her daughters. The monster was a slimy sort of "creation", and the movie managed some scary stuff without the usual truck load of gore. I really enjoyed the movie.
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***SPOILER ALERT***
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.
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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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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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