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Nailbiter (2013)

R | | 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.


Patrick Rea
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Erin McGrane ... Janet Maguire
Meg Saricks ... Jennifer Maguire
Emily Boresow Emily Boresow ... Alice Maguire
Sally Spurgeon Sally Spurgeon ... Sally Maguire
Joicie Appell Joicie Appell ... Mrs. Shurman
Mark Ridgway Mark Ridgway ... Sheriff
Aaron Laue ... Lt. Maguire
Ben Jeffrey Ben Jeffrey ... Deputy Carr
Michelle Davidson ... Dina
Allen Lowman Allen Lowman ... Tom
Ian Dempsey Ian Dempsey ... Sean
Matt Sayers Matt Sayers ... Weatherman
Tom Conroy Tom Conroy ... Bartender
Jason Coffman Jason Coffman ... AA Meeting
Lynn Dhone Lynn Dhone ... AA Meeting


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Fear will surface



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 May 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Грызущий ногти See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


The tornado is shown rotating clockwise. Due to the Coreolis Effect, tornadoes rotate counter-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere. See more »


Referenced in Terror Film Festival Promotional Video 2012 (2012) See more »

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Pleasantly surprised
31 May 2013 | by brandy-isaacsSee all my reviews

Several friends, whose opinion I trust, recommended this movie to me. I didn't have high expectations because it is often hit or miss with low(ish) budget movies. This movie was a pleasant surprise. The story is about a woman and her three daughters on the way to pick up the husband/father from the airport. Trapped in a storm they take refuge in a cellar and encounter some...interesting "people." One of the most impressive things about the movie was the writer/director's ability to avoid overdone clichés and tropes. The women are resilient and intelligent as well as interesting.

The acting and special effects may not have been Oscar worthy, but they were good. I didn't find myself distracted by either which is a sign of an enjoyable and carefully made movie.

This is a movie that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys horror movies and doesn't need an extravagant and overwrought Hollywood heavy weight. I'm looking forward to seeing more from the maker's of this film.

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