As 2023 comes to an end, it’s important to get to the theaters and fill up on horror movies for the year. Luckily for us, the legendary Tobin Bell has already blessed the screen with another installment of our favorite torture franchise. With the recent release of Saw X, you wouldn’t think that you’d be getting to see Bell in theaters for a while longer. However, this icon is starring in another horror movie just around the corner: The Cello.
The Cello promises to provide us with atmospheric horror and intense gore.
The film follows Nasser (played by Samer Ismail), a devoted cellist whose life is turned to darkness after obtaining a remarkably powerful cello. Will Nasser’s pursuit of musical excellence bring him to a gruesome end?
A tortured artist is a fun concept to explore in any genre, but horror in particular brings out the trials and tribulations of one’s obsession taking over. In The Cello, it seems as though Nasser’s devotion to music has clouded his judgment enough to purchase a cursed instrument. I’m very interested to find out why the cello is otherworldly and what effects it has on Nasser and the people around him.
From what I can tell, this movie seems to play into a sort of Needful Things premise (which is of course a tale as old as time). If someone wants something enough, they will neglect to consider the consequences of purchasing it.
The Cello is directed by another famous staple of the Saw franchise, Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw ll, Saw lll, Saw lV, Spiral). This film is an adaptation of the novel written by Turki Al Alsheikh. The bloody tale of caution is Alsheikh’s first feature-length screenplay, and it was shot on location in Saudi Arabia and the Czech Republic, with dialogue primarily spoken in Arabic.
The Cello will be released in the United States on Friday, December 8.
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