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Basement Jack (2009)

Eric Peter-Kaiser , Sam Skoryna , Michael Shelton  |  R |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eric Peter-Kaiser, Sam Skoryna, Lynn Lowry, Tiffany Shepis, Billy Morrison
  • Directors: Michael Shelton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Brink
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002I41KX2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,824 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Karen Cook was your average high school student... until the night evil invaded her life. She would soon be known as the lone survivor of a seven-day killing spree perpetrated by a seventeen year old boy the world would come to call "Basement Jack". For

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By gr8fl
Format:DVD
Once again I was taken in by an "award winning" (as stated on the cover as well as the dvd itself) horror movie. I can't imagine anyone who doesn't have a financial interest in this crap praising it. The movie tries (and fails miserably) to use a plot line similar to that of "Halloween". It uses most of its (low) budget on special effects which are okay but nothing you haven't seen before and not worth sitting through the whole movie for. The Basement Jack character is not very frightening, the acting sucks. In one scene the victim falls dead seconds BEFORE Jack sticks his blade into him. I had to go back and replay the scene in slow motion to make sure that I saw what I thought I did. The dialogue and storyline are more often than not, unbelievable and stupid. There's a scene where Jack kills off most of an entire (GUN CARRYING) police department in their own headquarters using nothing more than a machette. All in all, this useless excercise of a movie is an annoying, (unintentionally) laughable complete waste of time.

Don't waste yours on it.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A 'Basement' Worth Stepping Into December 2, 2009
Format:DVD
Basement Jack is an independent slasher movie in the vein of Rob Zombie's Halloween. Like that film, it shows in great detail what exactly made the serial killer tick. I, unlike some people, appreciated that approach in Zombie's movie, and I appreciated it here as well. It makes for a more believable and interesting movie when there is a know motive, because no one is born evil. Something has to happen to make someone who they are.

In Basement Jack, we are shown many flashbacks to Jack Riley's childhood that show that he had an abusive mother growing up. The mother is played by Lynn Lowry of George Romero's The Crazies. All grown up, Jack is a homicidal killer who preys on families after slumming in their basement. That's how he got his nickname.

There is a huge body count in 'Basement.' I didn't count, but I'm sure something like twenty people are knocked off. Unfortunately, about half of the death occur offscreen. That's pretty much the only problem I had with the film. As a whole, Basement Jack is the most interesting slasher I've seen in a while that takes itself seriously. And as a plus, one of my faves Tiffany Shepis shows up as a police officer.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Jay
Format:DVD
The complete, utter, and absolute lack of intelligence or originality in this movie might have been something I could have overlooked had the producers given it even the remotest suspense or brio. They entirely failed at this though. Basement Jack features risible acting even by C-movie standards and is so ridiculous and even cartoonish in its portrayal of its events I couldn't even try to bring myself to suspend disbelief enough to appreciate its supremely amateurish antics. Aside from having Michele Morrow as eye candy and a semicapable actress, there's literally nothing redeemable about this worthless flick. I regret having wasted two hours of my life sitting through this cliche-ridden, utterly unsatisfactory dreck.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kinda-sorta watchable. June 10, 2011
Format:DVD
<strong>Basement Jack</strong> (Michael Shelton, 2009)

I've seen a number of reviews of <em>Basement Jack</em> that would seem to be trying to shoehorn it into the retro-horror category with movies like <em>The House of the Devil</em> and <em>Insidious</em>. This tells me one of two things, and I can't be sure which it is: either these folks have no concept of what the directors in the retro-horror movement are trying to do, because <em>Basement Jack</em> never even attempts to take that route, or these folks are desperately trying to find something good to say about what is otherwise a bland, featureless slasher flick. (As I said, I don't know for sure, but I am somehow oddly convinced it's the former.)

Our title character (<em>Miracle</em>'s Eric Peter-Kaiser) is a crazy killer who gets sent up for killing the family of Karen Cook (played as an adult by <em>Bled</em>'s Michelle Morrow) during a raging storm. Fast-forward eleven years. Jack was released from the asylum (writer Brian Patrick O'Toole, most recently responsible for the abortion that was the new <em>Atlas Shrugged</em> script, seems to have missed the bit in every courtroom TV show that tells you that when you're declared mentally incompetent, the hospital is supposed to keep you until you're, you know, better) and, not coincidentally, there's been a string of murders wending its way across the country. Karen Cook, now an adult, is tracking Jack to take her revenge. The two collide in a small town just as the rainy season rolls in.

What these "this hearks back to the glory days of the eighties slasher film!" folks don't get about the new retro-horror movement is that it's not about the subject matter.
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