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This movie somewhat plays out like one of these Amityville sequels that didn’t turn out so well. The plot involves a loving father who suddenly becomes very aggressive. His land is cursed. The narrator says it’s haunted by a spirit, but, somehow, that spirit has been turned into oil that white men are not exploiting. This is a complicated story and its environmental commentary is obnoxious.
There is a severe dose of aboriginal wisdom, here, that eventually leads to witchcraft, halfway down the line, and to the kind of stuff The Omen got us used to. None of these concepts follow through. This is not a film made for children but if they don’t mind the extra layers of exposition, they might get something out of it, since the main protagonist is a kid.
The worst thing about The Cellar is its sluggish narrative. Not much happens, here. Also, the father’s descent into madness is abrupt and implausible. It happens at the turn of the third act, and it hits like a ton of bricks. Patrick Kilpatrick’s character, then, turns into a violent family man. This trope probably sounds familiar. It’s quite the cliche...