2022 / 94m - Ireland
The Cellar poster


April 19, 2022


Irish horror film that seems eager to become the next A Dark Song. Muldowney does a pretty good job building up the tension, but much like its predecessor it somewhat falters in the final act. Horror fans will find plenty to love here, it's just a shame that it didn't fulfill its full potential.

The Woods family moves into their new home, a fancy mansion that they got cheap at an auction. It's a mysterious house that holds many secrets, the basement in particular is an odd place full of old symbols and weird math. When their daughter Ellie disappears, they try to uncover the meaning behind all the weird equations, hoping they might lead to their daughter.

The mansion is pretty cool and the build-up of the tension is effective. The performances are decent, the cinematography and score on par with what you'd expect from a film like this. It's the ending, where the fantasy elements take a slightly more prominent role, that doesn't really gel with the rest of the film. Certainly worth a watch, I just wish the finale had been a tad better.