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Nailbiter -- The Maguire family is forced to take sudden refuge in an abandoned storm cellar from a deadly tornado only to discover that something, not quite human is holding them captive.
Nailbiter --  The Maguire family is forced to take sudden refuge in a seemingly abandoned storm cellar from a deadly tornado.
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Low-budget monster thriller has enough surprises to keep afloat. See more (43 total) »


  (in credits order)

Erin McGrane ... Janet Maguire

Meg Saricks ... Jennifer Maguire
Emily Boresow ... Alice Maguire
Sally Spurgeon ... Sally Maguire
Joicie Appell ... Mrs. Shurman
Mark Ridgway ... Sheriff

Aaron Laue ... Lt. Maguire
Ben Jeffrey ... Deputy Carr

Michelle Davidson ... Dina
Allen Lowman ... Tom
Ian Dempsey ... Sean
Matt Sayers ... Weatherman
Tom Conroy ... Bartender
Jason Coffman ... AA Meeting
Lynn Dhone ... AA Meeting
Matt Hrovat ... AA Meeting
Robert Hubbard ... AA Meeting
Jerry Koukol ... AA Meeting
Dale Novak ... AA Meeting
Kendal Sinn ... AA Meeting
Ryan Scott Jones ... Bar Patron
Michael Stine ... Bar Patron
Jack Powell ... Nailbiter Child
Zane Martin ... Nailbiter Child
Sadie Keller ... Nailbiter Child
John D. Barnes ... Townsperson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Anita Cordell ... Airport Extra
Sharon Marie Wright ... Townsperson

Directed by
Patrick Rea 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Patrick Rea 
Kendal Sinn 

Produced by
Hanuman Brown-Eagle .... producer
Michael D. Coffey .... associate producer
Ryan Scott Jones .... producer (as Ryan S. Jones)
Aaron Laue .... executive producer
Aaron Laue .... producer
Bobby McGee .... associate producer
Patrick Rea .... producer
Dan Simons .... associate producer
Kendal Sinn .... producer
Original Music by
Julian Bickford 
Cinematography by
Hanuman Brown-Eagle 
Film Editing by
Josh Robison 
Production Design by
Misti Boland 
Art Direction by
Jerry Koukol 
Costume Design by
Traci Feuerbach 
Makeup Department
Colleen May .... makeup department head
Production Management
Kai Winikka .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Neu .... first assistant director
Art Department
Steven Bartkoski .... construction coordinator
Kristin Rea .... set designer (as Kristin Grossman)
Xandria Richardson .... set dresser
Emily Robinson .... property master
Special Effects by
Jackson Bolt .... pyrotechnician
Jackson Bolt .... special effects
Jason Coffman .... special effects technician
Colleen May .... special effects makeup
Visual Effects by
Bruce Branit .... visual effects
Jackson Bolt .... stunt coordinator
Jackson Bolt .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Grant Fitch .... additional stills photography
Nathan Fung .... grip
Matt Hrovat .... gaffer
Ty Jones .... crane operator
Tony Ontiveros .... first assistant camera
Dave Rutherford .... steadicam operator
Nate Selee .... grip
Michael Stoecker .... gaffer
Jon Tenholder .... key grip
Mark Yeazel .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Stephen Deaver .... colorist
Other crew
Robert Hubbard .... script supervisor
Brian Massey .... production assistant
Scott Root .... production assistant
Jess Shuler .... key production assistant
Nicholas Vedros .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Rated R for some violence and language
82 min
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Continuity: 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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17 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Low-budget monster thriller has enough surprises to keep afloat., 27 June 2012
Author: jonathancupp66 from washington dc

Nailbiter was better than I expected. These days a lot of low-budget horror movies have been disappointing. So, it was nice that this came along and did something a little different.

The plot involves a mother and her three daughters living in Kansas awaiting the return of of the father. They are going to meet the him at the airport when they get sidetracked by a tornado. They find the nearest house and, unable to get inside, hide in the cellar. This turns out to be a huge mistake as the family upstairs is connected to a group of carnivorous monsters that tend to get riled up during storms.

One thing that was special about this was the plot didn't advance in quite the way I expected it to. I thought for sure they weren't going to harm these girls, but I was very wrong. There isn't a lot of on- screen violence but what's there is enough to create tension.

The acting was pretty strong, if a little spotty, good for a low-budget horror anyway. A few of the performances do stand out, especially the Sheriff and the oldest daughter. The music was robust and does a good job of setting a tone and providing cues. The monster make-up is good but underused. I don't think you ever really get a good look at a whole one. Although there are a couple nice scenes where you get close ups of their faces.

Lastly, The film sets itself up for a sequel and given the context I would very much like to see it. This has a solid premise and a bigger budget and some more action would suit it nicely I think.

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