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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.
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.Read more ›
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