The Basement (2018)

Director: Brian M Conley, Nathan Ives

Writer: Brian M Conley, Sean Decker, Nathan Ives (Screenplay)

Starring: Mischa Barton, Tracie Thoms, Bailey Anne Borders, Jackson Davis, Kareem J Grimes, Maria Volk, Sarah Nicklin, Jessica Sonneborn, Cayleb Long

 

Plot: 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.


Tagline – Two Men. Twelve Personalities. One Living Hell.

Runtime: 1 Hour 22 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Not as Intense as it Should be

 

Story: The Basement starts when Craig (Long) running a quick job for his wife Kelly (Barton) gets abducted by a notorious serial killer Bill (Davis) who puts Craig through a tortious night, with his split personality coming through on each different interaction.

Craig does try to figure out just what is on the mind of the killer, learning to adapt to each interaction each one revealing more to the true story about Bill, but will he make it out alive?

 

Thoughts on The Basement

 

Characters – Craig is the famous guitarist that is abducted by the serial killer, trapped in the middle of the game, he is left to try and stay one step ahead of the story being told, where he is forced to play a part of. We do learn from his wife who is searching for him that he has done wrong in the past, but does seem to be on the straight steady line now. Bill is the serial killer with split personalities, he puts his victims through an ordeal which will test their own sanity, each character is different which helps us understand his darker side. Kelly is the wife of Craig that is worried that he has gone missing believing he has fallen off the wagon again, most of her work is wondering just where her husband is though.

PerformancesCayleb Long in the leading role does struggle to make a big impact in this film, we don’t truly feel the peril he finds his character in, with his interactions never feel intense enough. Jackson Davis on the other hand is the highlight of the film, he keeps us on edge to what he will make his character do next. Mischa Barton is the biggest name in the film, though she doesn’t really have much to do throughout the film.

StoryThe story here follows a serial killer that is putting his latest victim through a series of twisted characters, think ‘Split’ with a cohesive series of characters other than random ones we get through that film. This does bottle down to a series of interactions between the main two actors, which could and should be edge of your seat intensity, though it falls short between the two. The side of the story following the wife also gets tiresome because for the most part it does feel pointless compared to what Craig is going through.

HorrorThe horror comes from the not knowing just what will happen, the serial killer has a routine he follows, which does have moments of torture, even though he is always in control of the situation.

SettingsThe film takes place in two main locations, the basement (well that is the title of the film) which keeps the torture isolated for the night and for some reason Kelly’s sofa where we talk for little to no reason.

Special EffectsThe effects for the most part are good practical effects which are saved for when needed.


Scene of the Movie –
The blowtorch scene.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Most of the Kelly scenes seem pointless.

Final ThoughtsThis is a horror thriller that just doesn’t hit the levels of intensity that should do.

 

Overall: Horror that disappoints to delivery.

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ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – # – 1920 London (2016)

Director: Dharmendra Suresh Deasi

Writer: Sukhmani Sadana (Screenplay) Vikram Bhatt (Story)

Starring: Sharman Joshi, Meera Chopra, Vishal Karwal, Surendra Pal, Charu Rohatgi, Sushumita Mkherjee

 

Plot: After her husband is possessed by an evil spirit, a woman turns to her former lover to perform an exorcism.


Tagline – Fear strikes again

Runtime: 2 Hours

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Horror

 

Story: 1920 London starts as we meet the Prince Veer (Karwel) and Princess Shivangi (Chopra) living in London, they soon become the latest victim of an evil spirit which takes over Veer’s body, Shivangi must go into her past to find her former lover Jai Singh Gujjar (Joshi) a man that was left banished because of their affair, who has an ability to tackle unwanted spirits.

With the past being placed in the past, Jai comes to figure out how to save Veer and giving Shivangi a peaceful life, only the evil spirit isn’t going to let that happen.

 

Thoughts on 1920 London

 

Characters – Shivangi the princess who has just gotten married, she sees her husband become possessed, which forces her to return to her family for help, with her ex-lover being the only one that could save her husband. Jai Singh is the exorcist that was once the lover of Shivangi, but not being from the royal family means he was once banished for their love. Now he must help her fight an evil spirit, he speciality. Veer is the husband that gets stricken down by the evil spirit that has taken over his body.

PerformancesWe focus mostly on just the two stars of the movie, Meera Chopra and Sharman Joshi who are both great through the film dealing with the horror, the personal status they are facing and love they both feel.

StoryThe story here follows a possession, this is a story I have seen many times, but the different is, I have only ever seen Christian or Jewish religions deal with the spirits, this time we get to see how Hindus treat unwanted spirits. The story does follow the traditional scares, but then here is a twist in the story which explains the possession, one about honour, love and revenge, which does make the story feel fresher, I learnt that this is part of a series of film, but I am confident there isn’t a connection between the previous ones. Most of this is by the books and that is al we want from a horror film.

Horror/MysteryThere are good scare moments in this film, nothing overly original, but they will give the jumps required, the mystery comes from just what the motivation of the evil spirit is to be doing the possessing.

SettingsThe film takes the action to London, which I guess is new to the franchise, this is fine even though we spend most of the time in the mansions with no landmarks in the background, with the landmark scenes including the bridges only.

Special EffectsThe effects are used well to create the horror moments, like most films the practical is good, but the CGI comes off weak.


Scene of the Movie –
The final battle.

That Moment That Annoyed Me While I understand this is a Bollywood film, the songs lose moments of tension in the film.

Final ThoughtsThis is a horror that works for the exorcism genre well, it shows how a different religion reads evil spirits and does battle against them, which is interesting to see and does give us good moments of horror.

 

Overall: Good horror.

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