Don't Look In The Basement
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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.
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of an eight-year-old from the result of a lobotomy (lobotomies usually leave the patient much more "mindless" and withdrawn from their surroundings, but hell, let's humor the writers).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maniacally giggling child; Oliver, who still believes he holds his position in the courts as a judge; Jennifer, a withdrawn and quiet girl who doesn't seem to have a very strong sense of connection with the external world; Mrs.Read more ›
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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for a older movie i was slightly hesitant , yet the more i watched the more i got intrigued and started to want to finish. Read morePublished 27 days ago by tasha :)
worst movie I've ever seen for 20 minutes. started drilling my own tooth for amusementPublished 4 months ago by Mark Troiano
They are not in a basement.Just a creepy house.Not that scary,don,t let the name and picture foul you,But I would give it a 4 out of 10Published 5 months ago by Roy
20 minutes in and i had to stop it. Jesus christ that was bad. I luv crappy movies but this one was over the line. This movie is like a high school class project. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jdog79