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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

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Fear will surface



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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This should have been so much better
23 March 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

I was expecting a lot from NAILBITER after the first five minutes. After all, in those five minutes I found out it was a well-shot and initially engaging film, one that took the time to develop character and situation unlike so many these days. I was hoping for something better than the usual run-of-the-mill horror guff.

Unfortunately after just a handful of minutes NAILBITER gets significantly worse when the main characters find themselves holed up in a cellar to escape from an approaching tornado. After this point, they're trapped in the cellar FOR THE ENTIRE RUNNING TIME. In the dark. There's a mutant monster on the loose, yes, but he's barely glimpsed and seems incidental to the main storyline, which is just about those women sitting around in the cellar and complaining. Of course, there's time for a ridiculously over the top ending along the way.

The film is very underwhelming for the genre. None of the cast are familiar and none of them give very good performances; none of the protagonists are likable either. Bloodshed is kept to a minimum, and the horror itself is limited to those dumb jump scares that work for very few people these days. In other words, there's virtually no reason to watch this.

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28 May 2013 (USA) See more »

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