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The Forgotten -- Things get out of hand at an isolated asylum for the criminally insane. The experimental hospital director allows patients to act out their twisted fantasies which include murder, paranoia, and necrophilia. When a new staff member joins the hospital, things start to go crazy.


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Release Date:
September 1973 (USA) See more »
The Day The Insane Took Over The Asylum! See more »
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 »
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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
Location Management
Joe Copeland .... location coordinator
Joe Eakin .... location coordinator
Calvin Praytor .... location coordinator
Other crew
C.J. Feagin .... continuity
Annabelle Weenick .... production coordinator
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Don't Look in the Basement" - International (English title) (imdb display title), 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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89 min | Australia:92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R18+ | Iceland:(Banned) | Norway:18 (video premiere) | UK:15 (DVD rating) | UK:X (1977) | USA:R
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Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: When the people are chopping someone up with axes, one of the heads of the axes fall off.See more »
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 There's Nothing Out There (1991)See more »


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15 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Not as bad as you might expect, 4 August 2004
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

This film kicks off as I thought it would go on, in that a mental patient slays his doctor with the business end of an axe. However, considering that was included on the Video Nasty list in the 80's, it isn't very gory. I fully understand and agree with the idea that buckets of gore does not make a movie great, but when I'm watching a shocking, previously banned Video Nasty; call me old fashioned, but I generally expect to see gore. Still, the film does have other redeeming features.

The acting isn't one of them however; when watching a film like this, one doesn't go in expecting to see great performances, but some of the acting in this movie was so unbelievably below standard that at times even I, a fan of shock horror with bad performances, cringed. The old woman that later has her tongue removed is a particular cause for concern on this film's acting resume; I know that the roles of the mental patients are meant to be fairly quirky, but this one was downright insulting. The rest of the bad performances come from unknown actors, most of which would never go on to make another film, or at least another film of note; and that is quite fitting really.

Another feature of the film that isn't redeeming is the way it is filmed. If I said that it was unprofessional, I'd be right; and I am right, the movie is unprofessionally filmed. Because of this, the whole piece stinks of amateurs at the bottom of their craft. I know that you cant expect fabulous cinematography from a film such as this, but the fact that it is bad makes sure that the film faces an uphill struggle from the start; it looks bad, and for some that will mean it is bad.

However, despite all said so far; this film really does have some redeeming qualities. The characters for one; they're not particularly well done; they certainly aren't deep or fleshed out, but they do make sure that the film creates the right atmosphere for a sanatorium; they're a mixed bag, and although I've never been in a nut house, the one in this film is what I'd expect one to be like. Also of note is the way that it's fairly well plotted; there's always something going on to keep you entertained and it doesn't tie itself up with lots of meaningless plot details, which is definitely to it's credit. The twist towards the end should have been seen coming a mile off by me, but it wasn't, and I think that is to the film's credit also; it catches you by surprise. By the end, it becomes obvious as to exactly what is in the basement, but by then it doesn't matter because the film is nearly over anyway.

Overall, Don't Look in the Basement is one of the better Video Nasty's that I've seen, and I've seen a few from that illustrious list. What it lacks in certain areas, it makes up for in others and although it's not very gory, certainly not by today's standards; I'd still recommend this to fans of shock horror cinema.

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