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Basement Reviews

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½ November 27, 2015
the acting is so bad it's actually quite shocking
reasonably well shot, but lacking the drama such a thriller needs.
Oh, it's so bad!
½ May 20, 2012
Basement is one of those horror movies where it uses very little blood and gore and uses the atmosphere and the situation to scare you, unfortunately for this movie, it fails to do it's job. Danny Dyer and Jimi Mistry star in Basement, which is about a group of anti-war protestors driving home after a demo. They decide to use a route through the woods to which Danny Dyer's character, Gary, conveniently needs to go to the toilet and so the group stops. While he goes to do his business, they get out of the car and stretch their legs and walk around the woods only to find an underground chamber. Now the group are trapped in this underground basement with the exit sealed and no way out, what's more is that there's something down there trying to kill them. As much as I really want to say something good about Basement, I just can't do it. The movie started okay and the pacing was good, we're introduced to the main characters of the movie and we learn a little about them (which is hardly anything) and then they find the underground hatch and that's where everything goes wrong. When they locked the characters in the hatch, they also forgot to lock in the story, the plot, the script and everything else. The main problem with Basement is that the plot was very stretched, adding pointless scenes to the movie and actually making the runtime of 95 minutes a problem as it was too long. There were quite a few scenes that were unnecessary, it didn't set the creepy atmosphere that the movie was supposed to do either and you could have easily cut half an hour out of the movie and not miss anything. The acting is quite bad and their performances weren't believable at all except for Danny Dyer, who's the only believable actor in the cast as he plays himself, which is usual in most movies Danny Dyer stars in and his acting is still dire. The rest of the cast had the same problem, there were no performances that really stood out in your mind. The movie is just bad on so many levels.

The problem with Basement is almost everything. The story was quite confusing, almost non-existent and quite stupid at times and the ending is possibly the most ridiculous thing about the movie. Also, the movie became boring and confusing as the movie went on. The characters had nothing to them, they were uninteresting, boring and they had no personality and definitely could have been written much better. This is supposed to be a horror movie and yet there's absolutely nothing remotely scary or creepy about it. The only thing I do like about Basement is that it doesn't use a lot of blood and gore to scare you but it tries to use that claustrophobic feeling but it's a shame that it didn't work. This movie had loads of potential and it could have been next to the likes of The Descent if the movie was done well but I think Basement would have been a little bit better if it was a short film.

Basement is the worst UK horror movie I've seen this year, without a doubt. There was literally no plot, no direction, no story, no character development, and no appeal...almost absolutely nothing. There's not even one memorable scene or performance, the whole movie was just bad. Danny Dyer proved that he could be a good actor as he did a very good performance in Malice in Wonderland but he was quite bad in Basement and it's frustrating to see, let's hope he can choose a better movie in the future. Overall, Basement is quite a poor attempt to try and scare you and it's also a poor attempt at making a movie. I'm actually stuck, as I don't know who would like this movie, I can't really see anybody liking this as most people would probably be disappointed. If you want a good suggestion, skip this and watch The Hole, which is basically similar to Basement.
October 12, 2011
This is a bad movie. The story doesn't make sense, the characters are underdeveloped, the director doesn't create any suspense, and the ending is underwhelming. To be fair, this is a low budget movie, so I was not expecting great sets and special effects but there should have been enough movie for lighting. Darkness does not equal suspense.
August 8, 2011
This was a very dodgy flick, with an ending that was what, clones? Not something that I should have watched a waste of time
Super Reviewer
July 18, 2011
Bought but not yet watched
½ May 30, 2011
pretty dull and boring
½ January 19, 2011
Basement was truly the worst film I have ever seen. I didnt expect much from a Danny Dyer film, but I didnt expect to want to give it 0 out of 5. Firstly the story/plot was non-existant and didnt even make sense. I literally do not understand what the conclusion of the film was, and why any of what happened, actually happened. Second the script was appalling. The "Actors" just came out with random lines with no relevance to what was going on, and the proceeded to run around a bit more. And Finally the acting was abismal. We all know Dyer cannot act, but apparantly neither can Mistry or anyone else in the film. The film was a waste of time and money, both to those who made it, and those who had to sit through it which wasnt even rewarded at the end.
January 2, 2011
I'll watch anything with Danny Dyer in it but unfortunately this movie is awful,
December 27, 2010
What a bummer. The movie sucked terribly. Awful scenario and acting too.
December 3, 2010
Seems like a decent horror for a while but the twist is so awful and to be honest a waste of time. The acting is poor and so is the plot, don't bother
½ November 25, 2010
Do not ever watch this film! it is now #1 on my list of shittest movies ever made!
October 21, 2010
Bad movie. Looked like crap. Low-budget, bad acting, bad script.
October 13, 2010
Wasn't really my cup of tea. Interesting idea though.
October 10, 2010
Will rate it later as I have just downloaded it and will be watching later today
October 5, 2010
This movie is such a mess. I did not understand the story and did not know what it was all about. The ending does not even make sense. Poorly written script and really bad acting, like really really bad The director should not make any more movies. Seriously.
October 4, 2010
And it's lucky to get that. Crap
½ October 1, 2010
What a mess of a film!!!! Poor Dyer
September 29, 2010
Not a great movie. Kept watching it cos I had nothing else to do
Super Reviewer
½ September 19, 2010
dull at times and doesent move along that great, danny dyer as usuall does his thing which makes it more tolerable, its saying a message concerning current events, but not that great
September 18, 2010
don't bother watching it!
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