In 1972, the patients and doctors at Stephens Sanitarium were brutally murdered. Over forty years later, the only known survivor returns only to find the ghosts of the past have not been resting in peace.
Newlyweds Helen and Paul go to a backwoods cabin on vacation. When Paul goes back to the car for some cigarettes he's not given a chance to ponder the carcinogenic ramifications as an axe ... See full summary »
Sixteen years after Ruby Claire's gangster boyfriend was shot and killed by four associates, a series of gruesome murders takes place at the drive-in movie theatre she now owns. Meanwhile, ... See full summary »
Nurse Charlotte Beale arrives at the isolated Stephens Sanitarium to work, only to learn that Dr. Stephens was murdered by one of the patients and his successor, Dr. Geraldine Masters, is not very eager to take on new staff. Charlotte finds her job maddeningly hard as the patients torment and harass her at every turn, and she soon learns why Dr. Masters is so eager to keep outsiders out.Written by
The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to remove a closeup shot of an axe blow to a woman's body and the film later found itself on the banned list of video nasties. The cut version was released on the UK HHO label in 2005 and the full uncut version (now rated 15) was released on the Stax label later the same year. See more »
When the people are chopping someone up with axes, one of the heads of the axes fall off. See more »
Dr. Geraldine S. Masters:
We live very simply here, Miss Beale. Our patients are all people who are unloved, unwanted, forgotten. So we're a family. They're family.
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The characters in the film are shown as the actor/actress' name appears at the end of the film, including the murdered characters! See more »
Once listed as a video nasty, the UK Stax (Boulevard) and Elstree Hill DVDs are now 15 rated and uncut, restoring the original cinema cut to a shot of an axe hitting a woman's bloody body. See more »
Don't Look In the Basement is a movie I've tried to watch several times. While in college, I must have seen the first 10 minutes at least 10 times. Something always happened to prevent me from seeing the film from front to back. Finally, it was on television the other night and I was lucky enough to catch the whole thing. I'll start with it's good points: First, it's got a good, creepy atmosphere. The house it's filmed in in sufficiently run down and middle of nowhere. The inmates of the asylum are extremely entertaining. The plot is decent.
Now for the bad: The film quality is quite bad as is the audio...but the budget being what it was and the times what they were, I can forgive that. Plus, I suppose it could be argued that the lack of quality adds to the atmosphere a bit. Even though the characters are quite entertaining...sometimes for such wrong reasons that you almost feel guilty for laughing at them...the actors are terrible. Except for Sam, the seemingly sweet, and innocent bear of a man with a heart of gold and the mind of a child....and a LOT of unresolved issues!!! He was actually really creepy and fairly well played. Although every time he picked up one of those popsicles, it reminded me of a Bill Cosby Pudding Pop commercial. Come to think of it, that's probably what made him seem so creepy! Even though the plot is decent, it's pretty predictable. I saw the 'twist' coming from the young nurse's first interview with the acting head doctor....although maybe that's because I saw a modern film last week that had the exact same plot and I assumed this one would be the same? Anyway, not a bad little slasher film. I'm glad I finally got to see it uninterrupted.
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