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Nailbiter (2013)

 -  Horror  -  28 May 2013 (USA)
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The Maguire family is forced to take sudden refuge in a seemingly abandoned storm cellar from a deadly tornado.


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Credited cast:
Joicie Appell ...
Mrs. Shurman
John D. Barnes ...
Emily Boresow ...
Alice Maguire
Jason Coffman ...
Tom Conroy ...
Traveler at airport
Ian Dempsey ...
Ben Jeffrey ...
Deputy Carr
Lt. Maguire
Allen Lowman ...
Zane Martin ...
Little monster
Janet Maguire
Mark Ridgway ...
Jennifer Maguire


This movie is about a mother (Alice Maguire) and her three daughters who are trying to get to the airport to pick up Mr Maguire, the daughter's father. But on the way there is a tornado warning and the trip starts to get too dangerous so they stop on the highway and run to a house to take shelter. Nobody answers the door so they all get in to the cellar to wait out the storm. But then they discover that there is somebody in the house above them, and then they become trapped in the cellar. But there's more to worry about than the impending storm, and their lives become endangered, by something that's not normal. Written by Michael Hallows Eve

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Fear will surface



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The shot through the windshield of Deputy Carr driving his patrol car, show that the windshield wipers are having a difficult time keeping up with the massive amount of rain coming down, yet the shots from inside the car as he pulls up to the girls car sitting in the ditch shows almost no rain coming down at all. In fact the road barely even looks wet. See more »


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Nailbiter story of a young mom and 3 daughters who are caught up in a tornado warning and have to find strength in themselves.
29 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While everyone is entitled to their opinion, I would like to say that Nailbiter is very well-acted, extremely well-filmed and the music is top-notch! What more can anyone want who are fans of great creature features!! None of that stomach turning gore...or the stupid female roles for this director. He is without a doubt, a class act. His women are strong role-models who are not portrayed as mindless, sex object "victims"...To me, that is a fabulous turn of events in a genre that has grossed (and I mean "gross"ed) millions of dollars making women look stupid and using its female characters as "objects/victims"!!! Nailbiter is a true depiction of the Midwest and its terrible storms (read the news lately?) and if you read the interviews about Patrick, the storyline about out-running the tornado and seeking shelter in a cellar actually happened to him. These writers are consummate storytellers who wrote a story about what they know and have experienced and...embellished it with a "terrific" flair and strong characters...these are vital parts of making Nailbiter a totally fun ride.

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