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Director:
Writer:
Tim Pope (writer)
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Release Date:
September 1973 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Day The Insane Took Over The Asylum! See more »
Plot:
A young psychiatric nurse goes to work at a lonesome asylum following a murder. There, she experiences varying degrees of torment from the patients. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Excellent low-budget madness See more (93 total) »

Cast

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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 ... Mrs. Callingham

Directed by
S.F. Brownrigg 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Thomas Pope  uncredited
Tim Pope  writer

Produced by
S.F. Brownrigg .... producer
Walter L. Krusz .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Robert Farrar 
 
Cinematography by
Robert B. Alcott  (as Robert Alcott)
 
Film Editing by
Jerry Caraway 
 
Art Direction by
Lynda Pendleton 
 
Makeup Department
Jill Esmond .... makeup artist
Jackie Hughes .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
John Jacobie .... unit manager
 
Sound Department
Brian H. Hooper .... sound effects (as Brian Hooper)
Edward Motteram .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Jack Bennett .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Bethea .... grip
David Cejka .... assistant camera
Robert Dracup .... gaffer
Dale Johnson .... camera operator
Doug Reynolds .... grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Florence Baker .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Lynn Lenau .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Joe Copeland .... location coordinator
Joe Eakin .... location coordinator
C.J. Feagin .... continuity
Calvin Praytor .... location coordinator
Annabelle Weenick .... production coordinator
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Don't Look in the Basement" - UK (new title), USA (reissue title)
"Beyond Help" - USA (alternative title)
"Death Ward #13" - USA (alternative title)
"The Snake Pit" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
89 min | Australia:92 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:R | Iceland:(Banned) | Norway:18 (video premiere) | UK:15 (DVD rating) | UK:X (1977) | USA:R
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the people are chopping someone up with axes, one of the heads of the axes fall off.See more »
Quotes:
Nurse Charlotte Beale:Do you get out much, Mrs. Callingham?
Mrs. Callingham:You're the one who needs to get out!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "The Big Box: Jigsaw (#1.2)" (2009)See more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Excellent low-budget madness, 21 December 2000
Author: zwolf from Mississippi

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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