The Cellar Door
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The Cellar Door is a smart, well-made thriller in a time when thrillers aren t smart or well made. A brilliantly tense opening sequence. DuMont does a superb job with the character. Childlike one moment, terrifying the next but always believable. Ms. Tomlinson is fascinating to watch in this role. A smart, taut exercise in psychological terror. --screamTv.net
One of the best new horror films of 2007. Michelle Tomlinson s groundbreaking performance in the girl-trapped-by-a-serial killer The Cellar Door has officially dubbed her the Pretty/Scary One to Watch for this year. Superb acting. What makes this film so amazingly engaging is the combination of intelligent dialogue and talented actors to deliver them. Rarely seen even in a big-budget Hollywood picture, there is a definite chemistry of character between Tomlinson's Michelle and DuMont's Herman. The Cellar Door looks great and has some really beautiful special effects. It's definitely a horror film of some substantial terror with the attention to detail and gorgeous set design. The Cellar Door belongs on the shelf next to all the other good new horror movies like SAW, Slither, and Open Water. Its way above Hostel when it comes to drama, and its light years beyond Captivity, Black Christmas, and The Hitcher remake when it comes to filmmaking. --pretty-scary.net
Top Customer Reviews
Almost the entire movie takes place in Captain Psycho's basement,
so there isn't much in the way of scenery, just a cage.
But it's a nice cage.
He "got an A in shop class".
A cage where he keeps women.
Well one woman at a time, till they die, or try to escape.
And during their luxurious stay he collectss pieces of them.
(You don't want to know what that means, but it's not what you think)
The movie starts off as he loses his last venture,
and continues as he finds, stalks, and captures a new obsession (all of this is in the first 5 -10 minutes)
The rest of the movie plays out like a less outlandish, infinitely better version of Captivity,
No bizarre torture scenes, no high tech surveillance equipment, or twist endings you could see a mile off shore.
Just a psycho, an altar, a beautiful woman, and a cage.
Not a terrible amount of gore.
There's enough though to keep a gorehound's appetite sated, but not enough to be considered overly gory.
Like another reviewer here stated; the creator of this flick is someone who deserves a bigger budget to work with.
There is a very minimalist approach to this story, but it's one that works.
This movie makes a loaf out of a slice of bread.
In both the positive (budget) and negative (plot) sense.
At the very least it's worth a rental.
A purchase if you like torture flicks.
MORAL OF THE STORY:
If you love something.... lock it your basement.
If it stays it'll love you forever,
If it dies it was never meant to be.
Broken, Captivity, Gag, Schramm, Otis, Maniac, Live Feed, Hostel, Turistas, Saw 1-5, Borderland, Salo, Martyrs,
Last House on the Left, Seed, Family, Frailty, Bloodsucking Freaks, Strangeland, Snuff 102, P2, May, Roman,
Okay. That's it for 85 minutes.
Herman is a balding middle aged man, who is socially inept. Rudy is a party animal lesbian The film is more of a thriller than horror. Once the woman is in the box, it seems like it takes forever for something to happen. Hey! Those clothes are wet!
Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex. Near nudity.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
And that's about the extent of it. It was not pulse-pounding, riveting, or terrifying in any way, except that I was stuck watching another low-budget mess that could have been... Read morePublished on October 10, 2009 by Zephyr
I've enjoyed seeing James Dumont in a number of films and in TV shows like CSI. He was great and "scarily" believable in The Cellar Door. Read morePublished on March 27, 2008 by Dee J.
Yay, another movie that's based on long loving shots of women being tortured and murdered. Where's the suspense? Read morePublished on January 24, 2008 by ginmar