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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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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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Surprisingly Good! See more (97 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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
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:R | Iceland:(Banned) | Norway:18 (video premiere) | UK:15 (DVD rating) | UK:X (1977) | USA:R
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This film was shot in 12 days on a budget of less than $100,000.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the people are chopping someone up with axes, one of the heads of the axes fall off.See more »
Dr. Geraldine S. Masters:You're upset, Allyson. I, I think you'd better go to your room. I'll, I'll get you something to help you sleep.
Allyson King:No. I'm not going anywhere. You're not going to touch me. We know all about that sleep. Your little doctor bit's over. Yeah, that's right. I told Miss Beale. She knows.
Dr. Geraldine S. Masters:What does she know? Does she know how I worked? How I trained? To be the best? And I could have been. Except for one, insignificant life. One mistake. I could have saved thousands. And I will. I'll help everyone. I'll help you, Allyson.
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23 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly Good!, 1 June 2003

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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