Don't look in the Basement (1973) from Tuna

Don't Look in the Basement! (1973) is a grade Z horror film, and a serious contender for worst film ever made. A patient in a private sanitarium kills the doctor, and another "doctor" takes over. She is surprised when a new nurse arrives to start work. The film makers, at this point, could have made a mysterious horror thriller, and built lots of suspense. Instead, they chose to show us that the "doctor" was really a patient. Of course the new nurse, the only sane person in the place, takes the entire movie to find out the truth. 
The exposure comes from Betty Chandler, a one film wonder, who plays a nymphomaniac.


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no features, no widescreen

The production values are terrible, nobody thought to act, the entire thing takes place in a boring house, and there is no suspense, no surprise, and very little gore. The DVD transfer is consistent with the quality of the film. 

The Critics Vote

  • general consensus: less than two stars. Maltin 1.5/4, BBC 3/5

The People Vote ...

  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters score it 3.4, in the pond scum range 
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is an F.

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