The Basement movie is a sneaky good thriller

Cayleb Long as Craig Owen and Jackson Davis as The Gemini Killer in The Basement
Cayleb Long as Craig Owen and Jackson Davis as The Gemini Killer in The Basement /
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If you’re looking for an under-the-radar horror film to catch this fall, make sure you put The Basement on your list.

The Basement is a thriller that will keep you guessing, wastes no screen time, and does not hold back on the violence. While I am not personally a fan of gore I was still able to enjoy the film because of the quality of its other elements.

Starring Mischa Barton (The O.C.) and Cayleb Long (Ascent to Hell) as Kelly and Craig Owen, The Basement centers around Craig’s kidnapping. The opening scene establishes how dangerous “The Gemini Killer” is, and within a few minutes Craig is kidnapped. The majority of the movie takes place, well, in the basement of our killer’s home. The Gemini killer, Jackson Davis (Vida), enters the basement in a different costume each time. The fun of the movie is that you aren’t sure if he’s just crazy and has multiple personalities, or if he’s playing a sick game with Craig.

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Craig, who you are rooting for to survive, is also trying to figure this out and has a lot of missteps along the way. Of course, when you’re dealing with a person you know plans to kill you, it’s hard to know what moves are right and which ones are wrong.

Each character change means that we’re essentially dealing with a completely new killer every time he enters the room. Going along for this ride with Craig is what keeps you on the edge of your seat. I usually don’t like trailers for horror movies but the trailer for The Basement gives you an idea as to what you should expect without giving away anything so enjoy it below.

The thing that struck me the most about The Basement is that I was so wrapped up in trying to figure out the killer that I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed it until the very end. There is a big reveal and all of the questions that I had throughout the movie were answered. The parts that were mysterious were cleared up and anything I questioned suddenly made sense. It’s a huge payoff that will leave the viewer satisfied which is always important for a horror film. A terrible ending can easily ruin a good film.

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Overall, The Basement was a fun ride and a well executed movie. If you’re fortunate enough to have a screening in your area check it out.

The Basement arrives in theaters Friday, September 14.