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The Basement: Retro 80s Horror Collection
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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...Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Great collection but the VHS was not the cool "blood red" color other people described. The one I got was a plain black one with a simple sticker, so that was a little... Read morePublished 2 months ago by SporUS
There is something very romantic about watching these old 80s cheese masterpieces. I start these films and I'm instantly in a great mood. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Road Zombie
These movies are low budget gore movies with poor special effects.
Unfortunately, they are also better then most of the same genre-type movies being made from the mid 90's to... Read more
This is perfect for horror fans that love bad movies. Who really doesn't enjoy this stuff? Well worth the money paid for it!Published on January 14, 2014 by all47
Save your money. This is a very terrible "movie". I cannot believe anyone would reccommend this to someone. I would not even to an enemy. Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by DMB fan
This set is very well done especially at the price. $21 for 5 movies on 3 discs + a VHS, at that price what is there to complain about really? Read morePublished on June 11, 2013 by M. Bartel
The VHS is great and the movies are terrible, but they're supposed to be.
It's a great big box of VHS DIY horror, and fans will dig it up like a corpse. Read more