Don’t Look in the Basement (1973)
Director: S.F. Browinrigg
Stars: Bill McGhee, Rosie Holotik, Betty Chandler, Gene Ross, Annabelle Weenick
Storyline: A young nurse takes a new job at a mental boarding house but she has no idea what she has gotten herself into.
Review (spoils): Also known by the name The Forgotten, this is a sweet horror film of the 70s era. It starts off at the Stephens asylum where his therapy for Judge Oliver W. Cameron (Gene Ross) goes wrong and he uses the axe on the doctor. This sets the pace for the film as the mental patients take over the house and new redhead nurse Charlotte Beale (Rosie Holotik)does not know that when she arrives. The patients range from all branches of mental issues such as Sam (Bill McGhee)who is a young boy in a big black man’s body, Harriet who is suffering from child loss and roams around with a doll and cute Allyson (Betty Chandler) who is a nymphomaniac and just wants to be loved. There are many patients so I will not go into detail of them but just the ones that the character build was strong. But last and not least there was Dr. Geraldine Master (Annabelle Weenick) who tries to control the house and set the rules.
The film builds off of characters then scares and gore but the film is very entertaining. The place is a true nuthouse and I have no idea why there is no security but what the hell it made the movie fun. We have lots of axes, stabbing, paper tower through the eye and suffocation by a suite case! The strongest where the two actresses Rosie Holotik and Betty Chandler and of course playful Bill McGhee that helped make the film. Also when the truth unravels the ending and judgment the blood starts to flow. This film has a memorable ending that will stand in horror films of the 70s era.
Rating: I liked this film a lot. It was sick, twisted and man I just flow the 70s era of horror. Sure it’s not a huge budget film nor is it over the top storyline but it gives you that icky feeling when you’re done watching it and that’s a good thing. Grab some beers and enjoy what horror is supposed to be like.