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Don't Look in the Basement (1973)

The Forgotten (original title)
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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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
Camilla Carr ...
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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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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$100,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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

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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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Referenced in Nekromantik (1987) See more »

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Excellent low-budget madness
21 December 2000 | by (Mississippi) – See all my reviews

There's not much I can add to the positive reviews of the film, other than I agree completely - this weird little movie has a unique atmosphere all its own. Brownrigg creates a very effective atmosphere of obsessive madness; the movie breathes down your neck! It's amazing that a film so well-lit and full of bright colors can be so unsettling. As someone mentioned, the film looks like a retitle because there's a strange title card inserted, but I have seen a televised version of the film that had the original titles superimposed on-screen - they were orange and read "Don't Look In The Basement" - with quote marks around them, just like that. Why they were taken out and replaced by that garish title card is a mystery to me, but the originals did exist. Another interesting note: I read in an old horror magazine that during the climactic massacre, Brownrigg wanted to make things ultra-gory and so he used a lot of slaughterhouse entrails (sheep, I think), and they were kept in a bag with fake blood. Well, when it came time to film that scene, it was hot in the room, and the entrails had begun to rot, so when the actors tore the bag open, they all nearly vomited at the stench! If you look really closely around the edges of the frame, you can get little glimpses of some entrail... but, to my knowledge, they aren't graphically shown in any prints. In any case, check this movie out... it proves that a low budget can be made up for with a lot of imagination. There's no other film like this... I also recommend Brownrigg's other movies.


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