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Redbox Synopsis: Forced to take refuge from a deadly tornado, the Maguire family finds shelter in an abandoned storm cellar. As the storm passes, the family tries to make their way out only to realize that someone or something, not quite human, is holding them captive. Struggling to get out alive, they soon realize that they aren't alone. Rated R 122 minutes
[Note to Reader: This review will be spoiler free]
After watching Nailbiter last night, I was conflicted, the story is paced well, the movie creates tension well and is a generally a scary film, however, it ends at what I assume is the beginning of the sequel leaving too many questions unanswered. The open ending isn't typical of a horror film (i.e. the villain/badguy/monster is revealed to still be alive seconds before the end credits.) This concept is difficult to discuss without giving away the plot or spoilers. This film sets up a sequel that looks to be a completely different film and one that I do want to watch.
The special effects of this film are pretty solid for a independent horror film. I was supprised the tornado looked as real as it did without spending the films entire budget. There are shortcuts around some of the gorier scenes, likely due to budget constraints and the sound mix is off a bit so you'll find yourself going back in several scenes. The Redbox DVD does have English and Spanish subtitles on the disc. I really do wish Redbox had used the original movie poster for Nailbiter. This film would have been much scarier keeping the audience unsure of the threat facing the Maguire family. Does anyone know if they really make muzzles for children?
Overall: For just the disturbing factor and tension, this film does work well on its own, however feels like an incomplete film in that the story line is not resolved by film's end. The possibility of a sequel and the avenues Nailbiter might take are intriguing enough to check this film out.7/10
Final Verdict: Worth a Redbox rental
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