The Basement – Hungary/UK/USA, 2016

‘Don’t go down there’

The Basement is a 2016 Hungarian-American-British supernatural horror film directed by Vozo Zoltán Végh and László Illés from a screenplay by Gera Laszlo Krisztian. It stars Caroline Boulton, Richard Rifkin and Marina Gera.


A group of international students explore a basement that has been abandoned for years. But what starts off as an exploratory séance ends in bloody mayhem when a malicious entity is summoned…


“The cheesy dialogue may ruin this movie for some but overall it’s a fair good found footage flick with a few scares and an impressive atmosphere. If you like a ghost horror with a peek of slasher and suspense, you should check it out, it won’t ruin your time.” David Teixeira, Decay Mag

“The movie’s worst sin is not the story; it’s the execution. It’s hard to botch scares when the characters are wandering dark, tight hallways and getting lost in a seemingly transformative maze.  Ghostly mannequins and creepy masks should generate thrills.  However, the pacing is excruciating and the potential jumps are so repetitive that an 82-minute movie seems to drag beyond two hours.” Down Right Creepy

“I liked a few of the scares – they’re genuine build-up shocks, not just basic jump scares, which definitely earns points. I suppose the picture may be worth a single look, but don’t expect your typical viewing experience, at all. This one if so out of touch with situational awareness that it becomes an odd experiment more than a typical horror movie session.” Addicted to Horror Movies

“It is visually appealing, professional, as well as bright and colorful enough, which isn’t too common for a low-budget genre attempt, let alone one that is mostly set underground. The gore and make-up isn’t too impressive looking though, but I still appreciate the fact that it isn’t really holding back with it. There are plenty of killings in this movie, as well as a ‘fun’ and solid killer.” Frank Veenstra, Boba_Fett1138

“Less than a half hour in, actual plot development essentially evaporates.The Basement basically becomes a 60-minute sprint of five people navigating concrete hallways with a deranged killer in hot pursuit. There’s no real story moving anywhere meaningful by this point. It’s a lot of flashlights illuminating dirty doll parts, inconsequential arguing that is sometimes in Hungarian, and willy-nilly wackiness infecting every aspect of the production.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

Main cast:

  • Caroline Boulton
  • Richard Rifkin
  • Marina Gera
  • Takács Zalán
  • Tom Nguyen
  • Zsolt Páll
  • Shawn Michael Clankie
  • Zoltán Füle
  • Sherin Bors
  • Gergo Szekér
  • Laci Gondor
  • Varga Csenge Boglárka

Filming locations:

Budapest, Hungary


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