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The Cellar Door -- Herman has been searching for the perfect girl, but all he's collected are pieces; a chunk of hair; a severed finger; a jar of blood; until the alluring and beautiful Rudy. Refusing to play along in his twisted game, she is imprisoned in a wooden cage with only her wits against his savage murderous insanity. Will she win the desperate, hallucinatory game of cat and mouse and escape through the Cellar Door, or die trying?
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The Cellar Door -- A young woman, kidnapped and imprisoned in a wooden cell by a perverse serial killer, must use her wits to try and escape.
The Cellar Door -- A young woman, kidnapped and imprisoned in a wooden cell by a perverse serial killer, must use her wits to try and escape.


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2007 (USA) See more »
The girl next door isn't there anymore.
The girl next door, having coffee, lunch with a friend, shopping, unaware she is becoming an obsession... See more » | Full synopsis »
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I don't get the stickycam film grade. Do you? See more (25 total) »


  (in credits order)

James DuMont ... Herman

Michelle Tomlinson ... Rudy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Melina Bielefelt ... Missionary #1
Annie Coffey ... Cashier Wendy

Algernon D'Ammassa ... Missionary #2
Christina Reynolds ... Jennifer
Heather Sconyers ... Christa

Directed by
Matt Zettell 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Christopher Nelson 

Produced by
Ami Artzi .... executive producer
Keith Dixon .... co-producer
James DuMont .... co-producer
Marcy Levitas Hamilton .... executive producer
Strathford Hamilton .... executive producer
Christopher Nelson .... executive producer
Hilary Six .... executive producer
Hilary Six .... producer
Matt Zettell .... producer
Cinematography by
Skye Borgman 
Film Editing by
Franklin Peterson 
Production Design by
Jack Millard 
Costume Design by
Laura Cresswell 
Makeup Department
Laci Hill .... assistant makeup artist
Lisa Lash .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Colleen Cortes .... unit production manager
Sound Department
Peter Chu .... sound
Brett Hinton .... sound re-recording mixer
Ethan Holzman .... dialogue editor
Clayton Weber .... foley artist
Clayton Weber .... sound designer
Clayton Weber .... sound re-recording mixer
Clayton Weber .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Lisa Lash .... special effects makeup
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Huie .... grip
Kyle Morgan .... assistant camera
Jeff Siljenberg .... gaffer (as Jeffrey Siljenberg)
Other crew
Laura Kobzeff .... production assistant
Tim Phillips .... dialogue coach
Suren M. Seron .... special thanks

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Rated R for strong bloody violence and terror, and language
Netherlands:85 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Crew or equipment visible: When Herman was stalking Rudy and her friend while in the SUV, you can see the cameraman's reflection when he drives away.See more »
[first lines]
Herman:[poking his knife alternately at two names] Eeny - meeny - miny - moe. / Catch a - tiger - by his - toe. / If he - hollers - let him - go. / Eeny - meeny - miny - *moe*.
[ends on Rudy]
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
I don't get the stickycam film grade. Do you?, 5 July 2011

Now I understand this film was made some time ago but I just got around to watching it and reading IMDb for some insight, I loved all of your opinions and critiquing, it was very helpful, without people like you I would watch films and waste my money (most of the time).

But I finally watched this film after finding it on NETFlIX and my review goes as follows. Enjoy!

I really don't think this is a bad film, If your in the mood for a no brains, relaxing evening snuggled up ready to sink your teeth into a new cheesy slasher film.

But just one question. What is with the stickycam video quality? Are they just trying to imitate the shaky cam like in big budget action movies? I really don't understand. This film would of looked and been so much better if they would of just filmed it normal. Maybe with a little bit of floating atmospheric camera work still in it.

But with the sticky cam film quality I find this a little bit too much. Just make the damn movie without shaking the camera like your having a seizure, or don't make a film like this, like your watching a webcam through a 14.4bps dial up modem! When the hell did this kind of camera work become cool? It's not! It's so nauseating, I want to puke when I see it!

These stupid DP's these days, think that shaking the camera in an action scene like your having a sudden earthquake or seizure is so cool! They also think by doing this it adds intensity, fear,or excitement!

Well it don't all it does is make everyone think that they been drinking beer in the desert for 12 hrs!

Please no more shakycam or in this case it's younger brother sticky cam! Now I understand that the writers, and mainly the director wants us to feel what the characters in this film are feeling, but doing it through shakycam syndrome, or sticky digicam, well I've only seen one film where that works, and that was Saving Private Ryan, when this kind of camera work was first played with. They only used this in scenes with gun fire making impact, or a lot of explosions going off. This is the only time this style of filming works.

Don't use it for fight scenes, because you can't see who's hitting who, and don't use this style in your film, just because you think the director of photography is funny because he's been having a seizure for the last three months while filming.

There are many other ways to show emotions in a film. Whatever emotion that may be! Just ask David Lynch. He seems to create emotion through colour and just the score of the film. Do you ever see him shooting a film while he's in full on seizure mode! No you don't!

Thanks for reading.

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