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Shudder gets into “THE CELLAR,” dates the SXSW premiere fright film

Friday, February 4, 2022 | News


The Ireland-lensed movie is coming to the scream streamer’s platforms worldwide, as well as U.S. theaters.

Shudder has announced its acquisition of THE CELLAR, which will world-premiere at next month’s SXSW Film Festival before streaming exclusively via Shudder in North America, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, with U.S. big-screen release via RLJE Films, all on April 15. Written and directed by Brendan Muldowney and shot in Roscommon, Ireland, it stars Elisha Cuthbert, Eoin Macken, Abby Fitz and Dylan Fitzmaurice-Brady. The synopsis: “THE CELLAR tells the story of Keira Woods [Cuthbert], whose daughter mysteriously vanishes in the cellar of their new house in the country. Keira soon discovers there is an ancient and powerful entity controlling their home that she will have to face or risk losing her family’s souls forever.”

“THE CELLAR is a riveting story that we think will appeal to both horror lovers and broader audiences alike, and we’re delighted to work with RLJE Films to bring it to the widest possible audience,” says Shudder GM Craig Engler. “Brendan and this talented team have crafted a dark and haunting tale that we’re excited to share with audiences this April.”

Says Muldowney, “Ever since we made the short film THE TEN STEPS, which THE CELLAR is based on, I have seen the profound effect and power it has had on audiences.” “I am really excited to be working with Shudder and RLJE Films in bringing this feature-length version of the nightmare to a wider audience.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and in addition to his work for RUE MORGUE, he has been a longtime writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. He has also written for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM, MOVIEMAKER and others. He is the author of the AD NAUSEAM books (1984 Publishing) and THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press), and he has contributed documentaries, featurettes and liner notes to numerous Blu-rays, including the award-winning feature-length doc TWISTED TALE: THE UNMAKING OF "SPOOKIES" (Vinegar Syndrome).