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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 »
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Over-achieving B grade shock-horror tale 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
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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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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:
[Ray is fixing the asylum's telephone]
Allyson King:You know, I used to live in this place where the phone man was always coming around.
Ray Daniels:That bad, huh?
Allyson King:Uh uh... that good.
Ray Daniels:Oh, I thought that you meant that you'd had a lot of phone trouble.
Allyson King:Hell, I didn't even have a phone!
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Over-achieving B grade shock-horror tale, 11 August 2006
Author: mstomaso from Vulcan

Take an ensemble cast of good B grade actors, give them a good script, a somewhat original premise, and unobtrusive directing, and you may end up with a film that over-achieves as much as "Don't Look in the Basement" did.

The film takes place in a large house which is home to several psychotic individuals. Before the plot even begins, the head of the hospital is chopped up by one of the patients with an axe. Then Rosie Holotik enters the hospital looking for the axe victim and finds that the hospital has a new head who is not at first willing to honor her agreement with the deceased Dr. Stephens. Soon, however, Dr. Masters reconsiders and Nurse Beale (Holotik) is hired. The rest of the film builds tension and successfully develops the individual psychoses of the in-mates. After a while it becomes very unclear who is a patient and who is a doctor.

In the end, Don't Look in the Basement is a cleverly plotted film which benefits from generally good acting and directing and not-overly-ambitious camera work. A must-see for B horror fans, and an interesting diversion for those interested in psycho-dramas and psychological thrillers. Be warned, however, this film is slightly more gory and sexy than the average horror film of its time.

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