Spoiler-Free Review of “The Cellar” on Shudder: Creepy and Chilling

*This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!*

“What’s down there?”

The Cellar released on April 15th 2022 and is available to stream on Shudder and Prime Video. The Irish horror film stars Elisha Cuthbert, Eoin Macken and Tara Lee. It runs for approximately 94 minutes.

Keira Woods and her family get a great deal at an auction on a beautiful home, but when Keira’s daughter goes missing after going down into the cellar, she unlocks a disturbing mystery.

Here is the trailer:

The Cellar gives off plenty of chills to make it worthy of the haunted house genre, but does it do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Genuinely creepy!

I’ve seen my fair share of haunted house films and some of them have given me nightmares and others have been laughable. I thought The Cellar was really scary and it did a good job of building up the horrifying story around it. I don’t think I’ll be going down into my own basement for quite a while after…

A unique mystery keeps things interesting.

I really liked the mystery being uncovered in this one. I think it helped set this film apart from other haunted house films. It wasn’t just about a supernatural presence wreaking havoc on the owners. I was fully invested in everything and the reveals were really well done.

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Great to see Elisha Cuthbert on the screen!

I loved Elisha Cuthbert in The Girl Next Door and House of Wax so it was nice to see her in this film. I thought she did a good job with her character and she was very believable. Some of the other performances were pretty average, but I thought she stood out in a good way.

The Cons:

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A little slow at times and mixed thoughts on the ending.

Overall, I thought the pacing was decent but there were some moments in-between that dragged a little. I also had mixed thoughts on the ending. I still don’t know if I liked it or not. I may go back and re-watch it but it left me with more questions at the end.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

A decent haunted house flick with an intriguing mystery at its core! 

If you’re looking for a horror film to watch this weekend, I would absolutely recommend this one. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Cellar in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!


Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl


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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

I live in Long Island, NY. I am obsessed with TV, movies, reading and writing! My top TV shows are Lost, Breaking Bad, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Prison Break, Charmed, Veronica Mars, and Beverly Hills 90210. My dog, Honey, loves TV too!

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