The Basement

2018

Horror

5
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 17%
IMDb Rating 3.5 10 133

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Reviewed by cb-114 1 / 10

Boring, bland, cheap, predictable. The only real torture is to the viewers....

There seems to be a recent trend of low budget movies where the "action" takes place in one room/location and is focussed on 2 main actors for virtually the entire 90 minutes. This is one of those movies.

It's fair to say there isn't really much of a plot. In fact, the entire movie is a bit like watching two students in a method acting class being held in a dimly lit room. While there is an element of torture horror, it is very predictable and adds nothing to the "plot". If you're a gore fan, you will be disappointed.

Sadly, Mischa Barton's total screen time amounts to around 5 minutes of cutaway scenes - I'm guessing she turned up on set for no more than a couple of hours at most as a favor to the director.

In summary, if you enjoy serial killer movies, you will have an infinitely more enjoyable experience watching old episodes of Criminal Minds.

Reviewed by Sam Panico 5 / 10

An interesting take on serial killers...

The Gemini, a deranged serial killer, has been torturing and killing people in the basement of his San Fernando Valley home. But once he meets famous musician Craig Owen and his girlfriend Kelly, he may have met his match.

The Gemini (Jackson Davis) has already claimed seven victims, maiming them and decapitating them with a blowtorch. He's a master of psychological mayhem, but it turns out that Craig (Cayleb Long) may be even better. They play a back and forth game of identity for the entire film, with neither ever holding the upper hand for long.

Craig is abducted while buying champagne for his wife and awakens in Bill's basement, who turns Craig into the killer and himself as a number of personas that are interrogating him. Jackson Davis is great in this as the killer, bringing a variety of voices, mannerisms and pure insanity to each new role. Seeing as how this is a film where two actors have to carry most of the weight, both Davis and Long really hold their own.

There's also a subplot where that wife -- Kelly (Mischa Barton, making her second recent appearance on this site) -- deals with an affair Craig is having. This made me feel like I was watching two different movies.

Directors Brian Conley and Nathan Ives may not have done many movies that you've heard of, but this movie proves that they're two talents to watch. The film looks really great, with special attention being obviously paid to lighting and shadow. I think they both have a great film in them and this is a good start.

The torture scenes here gradually increase in how rough and gory they are, starting with smashed teeth and only getting worse. There's also a plot twist or two here, but you'll be able to spot them coming from a few hundred feet out. It also owes a lot to Split, but is a more down to Earth tale.

That said -- the climax does NOT skimp on the gruesome, offering a real surprise. That part I enjoyed. I could have done without the one month later denouement, but some people like having things explaining. At least after an entire film of Micha Barton feeling estranged from the plot, it ties it all together.

Reviewed by noraoinonen 1 / 10

Plot seemed interesting but suffered from subpar acting with poor execution

The movie's first scene sets the tone of the movie - bad acting. It goes into "action" early on without dillydallying but unfortunately instead of being creepy and unsettling it feels just boring and straight-out stupid. The build up falls flat and not even the supposed torturing (which there isn't much of) doesn't save this movie to be worth watching. The gory parts are clearly fake, which is fine with some movies however for this one it just added to "can't do anything right".

When I first read the plot of this I didn't notice the tag-line pointing to 12 personalities but it became clear quite fast. The entire premise of 12 personalities feels extremely inorganic with all the "personalities" being clear roles played up. Any feel of true insanity is nowhere to be seen and leaves much to be desired.

I honestly didn't predict the last moments - but even that was completely ruined by having to literally spell out the situation in case anyone was stupid enough to not catch what was implied.

Don't waste your time, one of the few movies making me wish I could get back the time I spent. While it's not one of the ones I actually dropped watching (which are less than 10 from the abundance of movies I've seen over the years) I was seriously considering turning it off almost halfway through.

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