Basement, The: A Psychological Roller Coaster
Writer(s): Brian M. Conley, Nathan Ives, Sean Decker
Release Date: September 14, 2018
Release Format: Theatrical, Digital
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 1 hr 25 min
A seemingly innocent man is abducted by a notorious L.A. serial killer, who forces his victims to switch roles with him so that he can enact his own capture, torture and murder.
The Basement will release on September 14, 2018, from Uncork’d Entertainment. This production is a psychological roller coaster. A man gets abducted by the notorious Gemini Killer, who puts his victims in situations where they become him, and he reaps the repercussions for his crimes. He’s put through a series of role-playing mind games. He must play along or he gets tortured.
The Basement thrives on creativity. Serial killer movies are many, but how many of these movies takes a path such as this? Craig is in for one hell of a night after he leaves the house to go to the store. As with many movies of this nature, we see the first sign of his sin, which will lead to his demise. These productions have a tendency to show why the protagonist is being preyed upon, leaving the audience at a standstill on how to feel. This also leaves speculation on how the film will play out.
The antagonist is an interesting character. He disguises himself so no one knows his identity while making his victims out like the real criminal. This proves to be a clever twist when you take into consideration how these films play out. Also, intelligent in Bill’s case as he remains two steps ahead of the game; a strategy that few criminals excel at.
These special effects are of great quality. The torture scenes are just enough to make the viewer cringe without going too heavy on the violence. There is a great deal of balance throughout this film. Most of the location here is a dark, abandoned basement, which is a good setting for this film. The cast performances excel. Protagonist and antagonist interaction is one to observe, as they complement each other, and this starts the chain of events off good.
The Basement is more of a dark psychological, suspenseful experience than Horror. It excels in creativity. Directors Brian Conley and Nathan Ives deliver an interesting pitch and the execution parallels. The protagonist and antagonist relationship takes center stage, and this becomes a personal psychological battle.
Some personal opinions; I feel this film should have a more clever title. “The Basement” seems generic when there are other films with this title. Also, the poster art is minimalist and generic, and should better complement the film.