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Don't Look in the Basement

Don't Look in the Basement (1973)


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Release Date: Jan 1, 1973 Wide



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One of the first of several horror films with "Don't" leading the title, this gory low-budget thriller takes place in an experimental hospital for the criminally insane, where the pioneering director allows several patients to act out their twisted fantasies (which involve necrophilia, paranoia and popsicles). When a new staffer shows up, things start to go haywire -- beginning with the bloody axe-murder of the doctor himself and leading to a total takeover of the asylum by its most dangerous


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Thomas Pope, Tim Pope

Aug 1, 2000

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An absolute snooze from start to finish.

April 21, 2007 Full Review Source:

I'm not even sure if the movie has a basement in it, but it's a real stinker to be sure.

November 20, 2006 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Don't Look in the Basement

The plot about the crazy house inmates who kill people, and the new nurse who unknowingly takes a job there, seemed pretty good at first. The crazy people are kinda creepy, but the plot twist is the best part of the movie. It is a bit disappointing that this movie isn't as violent and suspenseful as it could have been, and there are a lot of useless scenes too. Overall, it was an okay horror movie, though, it's entertaining.
April 11, 2011

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Ironically this film is also known as "The Forgotten" and it damn well should be!
It's poor on every level. Lousy acting, bad camerawork with washed out colours, really bad sound, an interesting story ruined by inept characterisation and writing, and no scares or gore worth mentioning.
June 25, 2007

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DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT was a film that was on the UK's 'Banned Video Nasties' list, but is now finally released in it's uncut form.

The film is about a young newly recruited Nurse who takes up a job in a small Mental Hospital where a small number of patients reside. Soon she discovers that not is all as it seems as mysterious and suspicious events start to take place and eventually discovers that one of the patients isn't who they appear to be.

It's a surprisingly good movie! Helped along by some pretty decent acting for a b-movie, especially by the actors portraying the mental patients, who were very convincing in their roles. The films' print and sound aren't the best, but in a way that adds to the nightmarish feeling of the movie. The plot does unravel a bit slowly, but the varied array of characters make up for it and they make things interesting to keep you watching. And the twist in the plot near the end set's up a memorable, gory, last 15 minutes.
May 8, 2007
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