Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Don't Look in the Basement (1973)

A young nurse finds herself at the mercy of an insane medical staff when she arrives at a remote institution, only to find out that the original staff had been killed and the crazies are running the nuthouse! This trashy Grindhouse classic is torn and tattered, using only the most rudimentary filming on a non-existent budget. The film's greatest strengths lies in its kooky characters and exaggerated performances that create a true sense of delirium and madness. In its original run, it was double-billed with THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, which shared its tasteless violence and crude production. Though the plotting is easily predictable, the pace moves along at a quick pace with enough kills and gratuitous nudity to hold the audience's attention until the final payoff in the end. DON'T earned its way on to the infamous Video Nasties list in the UK thanks to several bloody moments of early gore. After its original release in 1973 as THE FORGOTTEN, distributors changed the title during the film's re-release to cash in on the popular "DON'T" trend in schlocky Exploitation films of the late 70s and early 80s. For a cheapie shocker, DON'T makes for a great deal of bloody good fun!

Rating: 6/10.
Entertainment: 7/10.
Gore: 4/10.
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If you liked DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT, check out:
I DRINK YOUR BLOOD, ALONE IN THE DARK, SILENT NIGHT BLOODY NIGHT.



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3 comments:

  1. Ahhh, here's one I have in one of those cheap value packs of 13 horror movies from the public domain (along with Pieces no less!). This film is just one of those antiques that is so deliciously great due to that aged, grimy feel it has to it.

    One of the scenes that I remember in particular is the one where the nurse is walking through the field of flowers with the crazy old crone. I don't know why. Just something creepy about that 70's piano music and the old woman that sticks in my mind. =O

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  2. Ill always remember it for the bloody finale, but I love all of the crazed inmates in the picture, it really is as good as it gets for sleazy 70s trash!

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  3. Have never seen this one, gonna have to look it up. Or see if it is already on one of the "collection" sets I have!

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