Movie Review: The Cellar (2022)


IN THE BASEMENT, Keira Woods’ (Elisha Cuthbert) daughter mysteriously disappears into the basement of their new house. She quickly discovers that there is an old and powerful creature controlling their home that she will have to face or risk losing her family’s souls forever.


The basement was directed and written by Brendan Muldowney.

I LOVE SHAKE. I know so many of us as horror fans who have turned to SHUDDER for the love of the genre.

The basement opens with a dark eerie shot from the basement that goes upstairs to the house. Keira Woods (Elisha Cuthbert), Brian Woods (Eoin Macken) and their daughter Ellie Woods (Abby Fritz) and their son Steven Woods (Dylan Fitzmaurice Brady) move into a new house.

Ellie is already annoyed with the move and life in general, she is a teenager. She is anxious, her mother does not know her, no one knows her, no one knows anything. I think we as humans sometimes do not realize how blessed or lucky we are when someone even loves us enough to say, “hey, how are you?” or “hello, be sure.”

Immediately, they seem attracted to the basement. Ellie gets locked inside the basement; she is not happy at all. Keira is portrayed by Elisha Cuthbert. She does a great job as this overwhelmed mom who just wants to make ends meet. Life can be hard. It will knock the shit out of you.

I think sometimes we do not understand life and the way things happen. Kids always want to grow up, and some adults just want to go back to the time when our biggest responsibility was to get our ass inside by the time the street light came on. Ellie sees her brother Steven and finds a lot of strange things.

No one is preparing any things for you. We have this lifestyle where you go to school, you’re told you have to get married, have kids, get a job, and that’s it. You pay bills, you work, you struggle, you have family problems. They do not tell you about taxes, bills, housekeeping, life maintenance, self care, a husband / wife / spouse, children, animals. You name it.

Keira and her husband Brian work in social media. Ellie wants them home while they move, but Keira and Brian have to go to work. Ellie is having a hard time and Keira is trying to get her through it while she is at work.

It gets weird pretty quickly. Ellie disappears and Keira and Brian have to hurry home. They call the police and GUESS… GUESS… You probably already know they’re sending a detective and an officer. A detective who again thinks she’s just nervous and took off because she did not want to move.

The scenes, the house, this movie are aesthetically beautiful and dark. There is something peaceful about living in such a remote place. Keira starts putting up flyers and looking for Ellie. She is on a mission and forgets to pick up Steven from school. Keira agrees to talk to the detective, and she finds out something about Ellie.

Keira tries to find Ellie and she finds out some strange things about the house and Keira decides to go into the basement again. Keira is armed with a luminol light and she finds disturbing things in the basement. It’s extra creepy. Her husband is not so much nearby, they are both working and they are both busy, but their daughter has disappeared.

The Cellar is a bit of a slow-burn movie. I do not mind those movies. The tension builds up and not in an overzealous way. The house is so beautiful, but it’s creepy, I’m sure it’s on purpose for the movie, and it’s still a beautiful home. It’s a character and part of the story. It encapsulates this family dealing with such a stressful situation.

It’s a mystery Keira and her family are desperately trying to solve. Keira visits Dr. Fournet (Aaron Monaghan). He tries to help solve the mystery, the symbols, the numbers, the formulas. It’s a great movie, there’s mystery, dark pictures, interesting story, it’s scary. It’s a great movie to watch with friends or have fun with drinks and popcorn.

I would recommend watching The basement.

Written and directed by Brendan Muldowney (That Pilgrimage), THE BASEMENT stars Elisha Cuthbert (That Nabopige24 ″), Eoin Macken (Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, “La Brea”), Abby Fitz (“The Irish Mystery”) and Dylan Fitzmaurice-Brady (“Kin”).

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