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Cellar Dweller is a 1988 horror film about a comic book artist who unleashes a demon after drawing it. It was directed by John Carl Buechler, written by Don Mancini credited as Kit Du Bois, and stars Debrah Farentino and Brian Robbins.

Cellar Dweller
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Directed byJohn Carl Buechler
Produced byBob Wynn
Charles Band (executive)
Written byDon Mancini
StarringYvonne De Carlo
Debrah Farentino
Brian Robbins
Pamela Bellwood
Vince Edwards
Jeffrey Combs
Music byCarl Dante
Edited byBarry Zetlin
Distributed byEmpire Pictures
Release date
  • February 15, 1988 (1988-02-15) (United Kingdom)
  • September 20, 1988 (1988-09-20) (United States)
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited States


Thirty years have passed since the grisly murder/suicide of Colin Childress, creator of the comic book Cellar Dweller. But, as often happens to those ignorant of it, comic book artist Whitney Taylor is doomed to repeat history in a most grotesque way. Little does she know that her twisted renderings will soon reincarnate the bloody hysteria of Cellar Dweller.



The film was released directly to videocassette and laserdisc on September 20, 1988 by New World Video. In 1991, Starmaker Video released a tape in the EP Mode.[1] 10 years after that, MGM released an Exclusive VHS of the film.[2]

On October 29, 2013, it was released on DVD for the first time by Scream Factory, along with Contamination .7, Catacombs and The Dungeonmaster as part of the second volume of their Scream Factory All-Night Horror Marathon series. It was released again by Scream Factory with Catacombs as a Blu-ray double feature on July 14, 2015.[3]


Anthony Arrigo from Dread Central awarded the film 3/5 stars, writing, "Cellar Dweller might not be quite up to the level some of Empire’s celebrated cult classics have attained, but with equivocal production design and a few familiar faces – not to mention great FX work – it’s another unique picture worth watching."[4] TV Guide awarded the film a negative 1/5 stars, writing, "An enjoyable although not particularly distinguished effort, CELLAR DWELLER has a number of small worthwhile moments. Director Buechler gets the most out of a somewhat-limited script, pacing the action nicely, and the special effects are adequate--but, like everything else in this film, small and limited in scale."[5]


  1. ^ "Company Credits for Cellar Dweller". Retrieved 2011-04-19.
  2. ^ "Cellar Dweller". Retrieved 2011-04-19.
  3. ^ "Scream Factory Details Scarecrows Release; Announces Nomads, Jack's Back, Ghost Town and More". DC. Retrieved 2011-04-19.
  4. ^ Arrigo, Anthony. "Cellar Dweller / Catacombs (Blu-ray) - Dread Central". Dread Anthony Arrigo. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Cellar Dweller - Movie Reviews and Movie Ratings". TV TV Guide. Retrieved 19 June 2018.

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