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The Forgotten (1973)

A young psychiatric nurse goes to work at a lonesome asylum following a murder. There, she experiences varying degrees of torment from the patients.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bill McGhee ...
Sam (as William Bill McGhee)
Jessie Lee Fulton ...
Jane St. Claire
Robert Dracup ...
Ray Daniels
Harryette Warren ...
Jennifer D.
Michael Harvey ...
Dr. Stephens
Jessie Kirby ...
Danny
Hugh Feagin ...
Sgt. Jaffee
Betty Chandler ...
Allyson King
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Harriet
Gene Ross ...
Judge Oliver W. Cameron
Annabelle Weenick ...
Dr. Geraldine S. Masters (as Anne MacAdams)
Rosie Holotik ...
Nurse Charlotte Beale
Rhea MacAdams ...
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Storyline

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 matt-282

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To avoid fainting, repeat: "It's only a movie..." See more »

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September 1973 (USA)  »

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Beyond Help  »

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$100,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

This film was shot in 12 days on a budget of less than $100,000. See more »

Goofs

When the people are chopping someone up with axes, one of the heads of the axes fall off. See more »

Quotes

Allyson King: You're all alike. Danny... Jaffee... ALL of you! HYPOCRITES! And you, trying to be so damn pure. Get out! GET OUT!
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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 »

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User Reviews

Surprisingly Good!

Some can call it cheap, others can call it stupid and some may even call it pointless, but these are all adjectives once attributed to classics such as Night of the Living Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Last House on the Left. As the latter was also distributed by Hallmark, they obliged to reproduced the same tag line here - `To avoid fainting keep repeating: ‘It's only a movie…only a movie…only a movie'.'

Don't Look in the Basement tells the story of Charlotte Beale (heartstoppingly gorgeous Rosie Holotik and Playboy covergirl, April, 1972), a young nurse whose arrival at her new position coincides with a dramatic change within the Stephen's Sanatarium for the mentally insane. The unusual treatment here involves allowing patients to roam free around the hospital, allowing them to express their repressed inhibitions to cure their madness. The patients are a truly frightening gathering. One girl shuffles around with a doll she believes is her baby and if you offend her you'll die; A chap believes himself to be a judge, constantly preaching courtroom jargon; A nymphomaniac wanting love from anyone who lunges at all men; An ex-Vietnam vet watches over the premises, assuring nobody escapes…etc. Soon, poor Charlotte realizes that all is not as it should be and '...a sense of unease creeps over her...' Will she solve the mystery of the Sanitarium before she too is driven insane?

If you allow yourself to get with the flow of this low budget horror film, then you might even see the twist in the tail. I won't spoil it for you here…


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