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May 28, 2016
From the director of "Troll" and "Ghoulies Go to College" comes "Cellar Dweller." An1950s EC Comics-like artist, played by the great Jeffrey Combs (our modern day Vincent Price), creates a new monster for his horror comic, The Cellar Dweller. The creates then kills Combs and the film then picks up in modern time where a new comic book artist decides to bring back the character. You can guess what happens next. It's a pretty silly story, but it is an entertaining one. The film was written by Don Mancini, who'd go on to write the Child's Play/Chucky movies for the next four decades. "Cellar Dweller" benefits from a decent cast of past movie stars (Yvonne De Carlo,Vince Edwards) and names of the moment (Combs, Debrah Farentino, Brian Robbins). The film also features some decent creature effects and better than average photography for low budget horror films, which in this case was done by Sergio Salvati, who worked on a number of Lucio Fulci films. Overall, this is solid low budget horror entertainment from the reliable genre producer Charles Band.
April 26, 2016
Enjoyable horror fantasy about a comic book artist that brings a killer demon to life through her drawings. The demons develops a life of its own and starts killing everyone it can.

Cellar Dweller comes off like an episode of Tales from the Crypt but there is lots of fun to be had. The success of this movie lies in the characters themselves. The eclectic bunch that lives at the refuge all have very different artistic talents, and enables them to react differently to their situations. The best of course, being the detective/author; he is hilarious.

The creature effects aren't the best, but this type of movie shouldn't warrant that anyway.

All in all, lots of fun.
½ March 13, 2016
Great idea and special appearance of one of the great horror actors. After that, utter garbage.
January 23, 2016
Famous comic book artist Colin Childress (Jeffrey Combs) is the artist of a popular Horror comic Cellar Dweller and stupidly uses a dusty old tome, The Curses of the Ancient Dead as an inspiration for his lurid tales of terror. Unfortunately, he doesn't realize that the incantations he is using for inspiration actually work and brings one of his horrific creations to life. Combs manages to stop the creature but at the cost of his own life. Years later, Combs former studio has become an artists retreat to which perky young Whitney Taylor (Deborah Mullowney) arrives. She is a disciple of the late Childress and wants to follow in his footsteps. The woman running the retreat, Mrs. Briggs (Yvonne De Carlo) resents our heroine and she must contend with a former art school rival (Pamela Bellwood) and a PI turned mystery writer (Vince Edwards looking like Stacey Keach). Will Whitney find the ancient tome and will history repeat itself? It would be a pretty poor excuse for a direct-to-video Horror from from the late 1980s if she did. Its entertaining enough and not too long with the requisite amount of gore to satisfy genre fans and Cheryl Ann Wilson takes a predictable shower. The creature is a guy in a suit which is not that impressive but has a certain amount of charm lacking in many of today's CGI monstrosities.
June 25, 2015
Clearly I've turned senile and remember nothing of my first (only) viewing in the 80s. Noted for rewatching.
April 15, 2015
You could do worse if you can't sleep and you're cable surfing......silly but some what entertaining.
July 4, 2014
One the most coonveluted and headache indusing movies I have ever seen
½ March 24, 2014
Campy cheese fun, the effects are full of charm and the story is entertaining. So-so characters, decent pacing, and some good gore. It's not smart, nor well-made, but it's good for a low-budget monster gem.
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½ December 20, 2013
A comic book artist accidentally brings a demon to life by drawing it. Decent demon design is the only feather in the cap of this late-night cable TV filler feature.
November 4, 2013
Easily digestible and moderately spooky but dull.
November 3, 2012
the opening with Jeffrey Combs is the best scene of the film!!
½ August 26, 2012
Better than average 80's horror movie.
April 22, 2012
The monster is worth 1 star but the memories are worth another
½ April 27, 2011
Another fun little B-movie from the 80s. Features Jeffrey Combs in a small role in the beginning. A comic book artist unknowingly unleashes some kind of demon/creature, but he manages to destroy the monster, while killing himself in the process. 30 years later, a new comic book artist, Whitney, accidentally brings it back to life to continue its bloody killing spree. The acting is what you would expect, pretty bad. But it does have a pretty cool decapitation scene. It also co stars Yvonne De Carlo (The Munsters).
July 13, 2010
It's exactly what you would expect from a low budget horror movie in the 80's. But it does have Jeffery Combs/
May 5, 2010
the opening with Jeffrey Combs is the best scene of the film!!
April 25, 2010
Some very ropey acting in this. Combs is great in the opening but after he burns the film pretty much goes down hill for me. Amusing in parts but mainly a very shoddy plot overall which results in a rather ludicrous ending.
March 8, 2010
Better than average B-horror about a comic book artist who's art foretells the future. Decent monster and the movie ingeniously uses storyboard art as part of the story and cost cutting. Coombs is only in the intro.
November 26, 2009
This film kicks ass. Has everthing you need in it. Blood, gore, jefferey combs, satanic books, a cellar, a dweller, and even a babe. Reminiscent of Stuart Gordon type movies, worth watching if you're a fan
November 24, 2009
Very cool creature effects/design story is interesting just the rest of the movie didn't keep up
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