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Parents' Guide to

The Cellar

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Mysterious Irish horror is unsettling but few visual scares.

Movie NR 2022 94 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+
Very good film with a great horror atmosphere. It's a pity that he was so weird, how otherwise great
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This psychological horror has a fascinating premise, which simply isn't executed well enough. There's a moment in the early moments of the film, when Ellie heads down into The Cellar. She's on the phone to her mother and she's counting the steps as she goes down. There are ten steps, but she continues counting way beyond that. This image sends a chill down the spine, and in that moment makes you sit up and pay close attention. Yet that proves to be the film's most, in fact, only notable sequence, and from thereon just loses its way and fails to compel or involve the viewer in a way it promised.

Cuthbert impresses in the leading role of Keira, showing perseverance in her quest to find out what's happened to her daughter. In fact, the former 24 star is the one takeaway from this project, proving she's more than capable of leading a film and has a great understanding of the horror genre. As it leads toward a hugely unsatisfying final act, The Cellar is a movie that could've been great, but sadly, is anything but.

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