Don’t Look in the Basement

by on Sep.10, 2010, under Daily Review

A crazy asylum allows the patients to run wild, acting out their wildest fantasies from their tortured minds. When a new nurse arrives, she’s confused by the state of control, but when the inmates start being murdered, she begins to question her own sanity.

This is a terrifying film. It’s harsh and nasty with a whole host of extreme characters whose actions are taken to the limit. Rosie Holotik takes the lead role as Nurse Charlotte and does an amazing job. The plot is thick and tense and must have been a shocking role to hold up whilst working in this environment. The inmates are all monsters from all walks of life. A crazy old woman, a huge big guy with the mind of a child, a wide eyed all seeing old bloke and a young nymphomaniac amongst others who all babble and cackle in order to drive Nurse Charlotte to the brink.

It looks cheap and shoddy, but this only adds to its horror. The film gets into your mind, your thoughts and tortures the viewer. I really couldn’t wait to hit the off switch, not that I wasn’t enjoying the film, but that I felt claustrophobic with the madness. Then there is that ending. Hells bells, this has some ending.


5 Comments for this entry

  • Helen

    An uneasy & difficult film to watch this one, did you conclude that Masters was responsible for the earlier deaths of patient & telephone guy?
    Hope all is well with you Geoff! 🙂

  • Geoff

    Hi? I’ve been trying to forget all about this film:) I might have to give it another spin to remember Master’s first action. Good to hear from you:)

  • Helen

    Hi Geoff – this film made me totally forget my manners! :s
    Have you seen Black Cat? I’ve read it’s the unofficial sequel to inferno – was interested in your thoughts as to whether it’s worth a look. 🙂
    Helen x

  • Geoff

    Black Cat is very good. It was also released as Demons 6: De Profundis. Check out my review on here somewhere. I actually liked Mother of Tears but it’s a difficult thing to follow up Suspiria and Inferno. They were made in a time and place; to go back and try to follow this is a tricky trick. People want more coherence too. I’m not sure how the remake of Suspiria is gonna end up….. But give De Profundis a look.. It’s pretty fine….

  • Helen

    Ah yes I remember you recommending demons 6 a while ago! 🙂 I didn’t realise this was the the same film -i will definately check it out! You’re totally right about a remake – i fear it will loose everything that makes it great!! How can anyone follow Argento?!!
    Thanks again Geoff

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