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Don't Look In The Basement

3.6 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Rosie Holotik, Ann McAdams, William McGhee, Gene Ross II, Jessie Lee Fulton
  • Directors: S. F. Brownrigg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: AFA Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003K1NGX4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729,319 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By A Customer on September 9, 1999
Format: DVD
At long last, Brownrigg's masterstroke 'Don't Look in the Basement' is available. This is the one set in the mental hospital, where all the inmates go (even more) nuts, and start killing everything that moves.
This is a nice uncut transfer, with plenty of detail, and few weak spots (considering the old 1973 prints available previously). The whole package looks fantastic due to some arresting cover art, and the disc has a very nice interactive menu screen, through which you can access the usual stuff. No trailer is included, but we get to chance to savour some other trailers for horror films forthcoming from VCI. See their website for more info on these.
So, at the end of the day, should you buy this? Well, if you're a fan of this film, or indeed any stupid B-movie, then this is definitely for you. It's good to see that VCI have released the uncut version. As I said, it's a crisp, clean print, nice sound and as much gore as you would expect.
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This movie has what it takes to be a camp classic. Silly over-acting, low budget, made in the 70's, and the most important... a really wonderfully nasty leading lady, Dr. Masters! You already know the story, house for the loonies gets loonier as the movie goes on. Yes, but some of the characters are just fantasically crazy. The lady whose very protective of her baby(doll), the crazy old lady that thinks flowers are her children (not too mention all her wonderfully humerous warnings to nurse Charlotte to "get out".), and of course Allyson, the sex starved weirdo that screams whenever given a chance. The highlight is the amazing Dr. Geraldine Masters. This woman is so great! She is a cross between Joan Crawford in "Trog" and Mrs. Voorhees in the 1st "Friday the 13th" film. She's a very direct woman indeed. Mean, nasty, will NOT be crossed. She goes on these little verbal tirades that leaves the viewer gasping for air, since she seems to ramble endlessly without taking a breath. I grew up watching this film on late night television in the late 70's/early 80's. As a child I was terribly affected by the scene in which Charlotte walks in on Allyson laying in bed with the dead telephone man, whom she refers to as her husband in this scene. It's still a bit disturbing. The worst of the actors is Charlotte, the nurse that arrives early in the film. She cannot deliver even the simplist line without it sounding hokey. The movie has a wonderful charm that keeps me coming back to it a few times a year, The DVD was a disappointment. Poor picture quality. Lots of scratches and spots, also has a blueish tone in the dark scenes. Still, better than VHS. Don't watch this for horror value, though it does have a little. Watch it if you like a campy, low budget period piece. It's SO 70's, and wonderfully so.
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Don't be fooled by the "Digitally Remastered" tag on the front cover. This is still a fullscreen version of the really good 1973 S.F. Brownrigg Texas-lensed horror flick, where the insane actually take over the asylum. Maybe someday we will be offered a proper widescreen version of this film that is cleaned up and properly given the presentation it deserves, but this Film Chest DVD is not it. If you have this film on one of the many DVD compilations out there, don't waste your money on this DVD.
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(First of all, in case you're wondering, the transfer of this particular DVD addition is fine. There are no special features, but the cheap price does not mean cheap quality.)

Upon reading positive reviews, I expected Don't Look In The Basment to be a gory shocker that made it all worth while with a fantastic ending. Well, the gore was not over-the-top -- it was quite mild compared to the many horror films I've seen. And the ending -- although satisfying -- was not a huge surprise or twist. I enjoyed this film for a different reason. Here is my opinion of 1973's Don't Look In The Basement...

The film opens with a first look at the inmates of the small asylum (it appears to be more of a home for the mentally ill than an actual hopsital or "asylum", but you get the idea). Sgt. Jaffe -- a military verteran who still believes he is battling the enemy one day at a time -- is sharing his observations of the trees outside his bedroom window with Sam -- a man who has the mentality of an eight-year-old from the result of a lobotomy (lobotomies usually leave the patient much more "mindless" and withdrawn from their surroundings, but hell, let's humor the writers). These are just two of the patients you will meet throughout the movie. The others are Allyson, a woman who is desparate for love although she fails to understand how recurring sexual advances will not find her the man of her dreams; Danny, a red-headed man who is the epitome of an annoying, maniacally giggling child; Oliver, who still believes he holds his position in the courts as a judge; Jennifer, a withdrawn and quiet girl who doesn't seem to have a very strong sense of connection with the external world; Mrs.
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If you're tired of slick Hollywood horror, if you love that trashy, shlocky, grade Z low budget splatter look ... that this is the gem for you!
The acting is amateurish, the lighing harsh, the hollow sound reverberates against the walls. At times you can almost hear the camera whirring.
Doncha' love it? What authenticity!
A young nurse finds a job in an isolated Southern madhouse. Bizarre patients and a gruesome twist ending. If you loved CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS, TWISTED BRAIN, BLOOD FEAST, and other 1960s/1970s low budget splatter horror, you'll love DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT.
Obviously, not a film for everyone.
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