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The Basement: Retro 80s Horror Collection

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This set includes 5 films on DVD + VHS tape. Included are The Basement feature film, commentary, outtakes, and new segment; Cannibal Campout feature film and commentary; Captives feature film and commentary; Video Violence 1 feature film and commentary; V

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  • Actors: Dennis Driscoll, Kathleen Heidinger, David Webber, Scott Corizzi
  • Directors: Timothy O'Rawe
  • Writers: Timothy O'Rawe
  • Producers: Michael Raso
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Camp Motion Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 548 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0057O6IG4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,671 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Alberto Giovannelli on September 18, 2011
Man...where do I start?! I've been counting down the days for this release and it did NOT disapoint! For starters, this dvd/vhs(?!?!) set comes housed in a beautifully created "big box", just like in the "good ole days" of the vhs boom. I mean, this box is HUGE. When you open it, you'll see a dvd case (which holds the three dvds), as well as a bright red vhs for..."The Basement". Now, this film has NEVER EVER been released on any format, so seeing it see the light of day on vhs and dvd is incredibly cool in my opinion. Another reviewer listed the special features (which are outstanding), so I won't go into them. I will however say, my only gripe (which is incredibly, incredibly minor) is that all the special features from the "Cannibal Campout" dvd did not port over to this release, however the commentary did, so at least that's cool. I'm not going to review "Cannibal Campout" or the two "Video Violence" films, because they did get their own release. I will however, talk about the two films that are exclusive to this awesome box set:

This release also includes the "long lost" film, "Captives", directed by Gary "Video Violence 1 & 2" Cohen. It's nowhere near the gore quality of "VV", it's more of a home invasion/drama film, however it's surprisingly good. The acting is top notch, the fx (with what little there are in this film) are pretty good. What sells this film to me is the tension and the fear that surrounds everyone in the movie. Great, great low budget movie. The commentary on here, is pretty cool, however they don't talk AT ALL about the movie. They (Gary Cohen and a few other people who's name escapes me...many apologies), talk about the video boom of the 80s and 42nd street. It's a fun, fun commentary track...just not informative about the movie lol...
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Gustafson on July 25, 2011
The packaging itself is worth the price of entry. Housed in an old school big box VHS format the cover artwork is pitch perfect. Hell even the horrible hairdo of the woman is period correct. Within the box I found a 3 dvd set including the films The Basement, Captives, Video Violence, Video Violence 2, and Cannibal Campout. Also included is a blood red VHS copy of The Basement! Extra cool!

The Basement is a "lost" (read: never released) super 8mm film made in the 80s by Tim O'Rawe of Ghoul School fame. An anthology containing four stories showing the evil future's of 4 folks trapped in an abandoned building, the film is low budget greatness. Monsters abound here including a man eating monster in a pool, zombies, a mummy, demons and more. The film is gory and cheesy and so much fun! Its the sort of DIY that inspires me to create films of my own. Not because it's so bad but because its obvious the people had so much damn fun making it. A labor of love for sure the film is nice and short and doesn't skimp on the grue. The best part though is the terrible dubbing. See back in the days of yore folks shot on film. Film does not record audio. One must have a separate audio guy to record during the shooting. Most super low budget flicks didn't have the money for on site audio recording though. Such is the case here. All the voices and sounds had to be dubbed in post and the acting is hilarious! The first story had me rolling. I also have to say that I actually dug the music. It suited the film well and never distracted from the cheesy wad proceedings. Thank goodness Camp Motion pictures released this grimy old gem.

The Basement is really for a select audience though.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By zomboy69 on November 25, 2013
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The packaging for this product is creative and unique. It brings to mind the old, huge VHS box's from the 80's. The movies are of course amateurish and campy but that's the charm about DIY movies. This set includes 5 crazy films on DVD and one on VHS. It includes: The Basement, Captives, Cannibal Campout, and Video Violence 1 & 2. These films are very entertaining even though they are very low budget. The acting is horrible but the special effects are awesome. They aren't up to Hollywood standards but they bring to mind the gory works of H. G. Lewis. This set contains a bucket load of blood and boobs that horror fans, especially fans of low budget horror, will adore. So crack open a beer, microwave some popcorn and enjoy the mayhem that is unleashed in this box-set.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason A. Greene on April 5, 2014
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So, let's get right to the point. These films aren't Academy Award winners, they are cheesy, B-Budget schlock, but that's why I personally liked them. I LOVE Camp Motion Pictures. They make some of the best independent Horror movies of all time. Four of the five films reviews can be seen elsewhere on Amazon, so "The Basement" is the most important one here. While the film isn't the greatest thing ever, it's a nice Anthology horror film. While there are some issues with the film, like some bad acting and some dubbing issues, it still has it;s charm. Instead of making a horribly par for the course slasher film, which was quite the thing at the time, they did something different, and I applaud them for that. Still, the film is a 2 1/2 or a three out of five star film. Not that this is a bad thing because for an Indie film, it was cool, especially for one that has been lost for over 20 years.

The star of the show here is the packaging of the film. The red VHS in the oversized VHS Big Box will instantly grab your attention. The artwork is fantastic and screams 1980's, and I LOVE it. Looks great on my shelf with my other original Camp Videos from the 80's and my Wizard Videos as well.The packaging definitely makes this a five star purchase. All of the movies on DVD also have extras and come in a nice DVD case in the big box with the artwork shrunk down for the DVD case and the discs themselves also have full cover artwork on the tops of them instead of the current silver tops with one color titles you generally see on the bigger budget DVD's these days. They really did an excellent making this release really special. All in all, it's a great release and sure to be a real collectible from the DVD Era once it goes out of print. Well worth the price of admission and even well worth a wtch through. If you like Indie films that are clever and fairly well done, check it out. I full on recommend this for fans of the genre.
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