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The Basement has the feel of a stilted Off-Off-Broadway audition piece.
A decent bad guy is not enough to carry a film, even a horror film. I need to care whether or not the characters survive. I need to be entertained by quality gore. I needed much more than The Basement has to offer.
This wince-inducing endurance test makes the Saw movies appear downright moralistic.
[For] low-budget horror, The Basement certainly isn't the worst, but it's far from the best. It's a good time-killer with great gore and decent performances, a nice background while you play that game on your phone. Don't expect anything more.
A very minor addition to an ugly horror subgenre.
Not an effective scare zone, best enjoyed as a chance to watch a few actors hustle to showcase their stuff, handed ample screen time to work through a range of bizarre encounters.
Armed with a bargain basement budget and access to an actress with a following, co-directors Brian M. Conley and Nathan Ives deliver contained, gruesome horror that is hampered by a largely inert script.
No scary, just excruciating. Shades of "Saw." Every "Saw" movie. Ever.
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