Director(s): Shayne Worcester Writer(s): Shayne Worcester, Kyle Rankin & Efram Potelle I let The Girl in the Basement sit in a pile for about two months before watching it a few nights ago. The Asylum has a bad tendency to treat their pick-ups as second-rate material, so I’m usually not to eager to sit through […]

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The Girl in the Basement

Director(s): Shayne Worcester
Writer(s): Shayne Worcester, Kyle Rankin & Efram Potelle

I let The Girl in the Basement sit in a pile for about two months before watching it a few nights ago. The Asylum has a bad tendency to treat their pick-ups as second-rate material, so I’m usually not to eager to sit through another Death 4 Told. Turns out that The Girl in the Basement, which received distribution partially because the producers went onto direct The Battle of Shaker Heights for “Project Greenlight 2,” is a more than worthwhile flick that is incredibly surprising when you consider the $15,000 budget this was shot for close to ten years ago. Keep in mind that ten years ago there was no DV cameras, so they were shooting on the short ends of film, which surely put a hole in their already tiny budget.
Shy and reserved virgin Alec Clark spends his life working as a dishwasher at a local restaurant and taking care of his way-past-senile Grandmother. When a date with coworker Kate is incredibly unsuccessful, his mind gets clouded and he snaps. Next things he knows Kate is tied up in his basement, and Alec has no idea how to handle things. Kate, on the other hand, eventually tries her hand at psychologically trying to convince Alec to relinquish his hold on her.

While it’s nothing amazing, The Girl in the Basement succeeds where it needs to. It manages to never be all that boring. With much of the movie taking place in a single location, that was a surprise to me. The production team managed to overcome their shoestring budget and create something that’s certainly better than most in the genre.

It’s very grainy, so be prepared.

DVD: A commentary track with producers/co-writers Kyle Rankin and Efram Potelle (who would go onto produce The Battle of Shaker Heights for “Project Greenlight”), a couple deleted scenes, and a tribute to the director, who was sadly killed in a random mugging after the film was completed.

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