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The Forgotten (1973)

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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S.F. Brownrigg

Writer:

Tim Pope
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bill McGhee ... Sam (as William Bill McGhee)
Jessie Lee Fulton ... Jane St. Claire
Robert Dracup Robert Dracup ... Ray Daniels
Harryette Warren Harryette Warren ... Jennifer D.
Michael Harvey ... Dr. Stephens
Jessie Kirby Jessie Kirby ... Danny
Hugh Feagin Hugh Feagin ... Sgt. Jaffee
Betty Chandler 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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The Day The Insane Took Over The Asylum! See more »

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Ward #13 See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehuacana, Texas, USA

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Camera 2 Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was shot in 12 days on a budget of less than $100,000. 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 »

Quotes

Nurse Charlotte Beale: [about Jennifer] Is she beyond help?
Dr. Geraldine S. Masters: Beyond help? To say that means that we've given up, and we never give up. No one's beyond if we're always getting closer.
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The characters in the film are shown as the actor/actress' name appears at the end of the film, including the murdered characters! See more »

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Once listed as a video nasty, the UK Stax (Boulevard) and Elstree Hill DVDs are now 15 rated and uncut, restoring the original cinema cut to a shot of an axe hitting a woman's bloody body. See more »

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Over-achieving B grade shock-horror tale
11 August 2006 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

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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