The Basement – USA, 2017: updated with more reviews

‘Two men. Twelve personalities. One living hell.’

The Basement is a 2017 American horror feature film produced and directed by Brian Conley and Nathan Ives. The movie stars Mischa Barton, Jackson Davis and Cayleb Long.

A Los Angeles serial killer known as The Gemini (Jackson Davis) is torturing and killing his victims in the dungeon-like basement of his San Fernando Valley home.

Gemini has already claimed seven victims, all of whom he maimed and decapitated with a blowtorch, but Craig Owen (Cayleb Long), the famed musician whom Gemini has chosen for his eighth victim, and Craig’s beautiful wife Kelly (Mischa Barton) prove every bit the killer’s equal in the art of psychological warfare…


“The makeup FX heighten the gorier moments, especially that brutal blowtorch scene. Somewhat dire in tone, there are no happy endings here. Jackson Davis is particularly good as Bill, thanks to his well-rounded character. And, The Basement is a great film, for horror fans, looking for something a bit more torturous, brutal and violent.” Michael Allen, 28 Days Later Analysis

The Basement is a low-budget indie, and while those in the know on filmmaking technique might notice a few seams showing, nobody can be faulted for that […] The movie doesn’t end with the quick sucker-punch it should have, making for a slightly wilted upshot. That’s all right, though. The Basement is well worth watching for its stellar lead performances.” Staci Layne Wilson, Dread Central

“Nearly the whole film takes place in the Gemini Killer’s basement, which could have potentially led to claustrophobia and redundancy. However, director/writer duo Brian Conley and Nathan Ives have successfully avoided this, partly due to the idea that because we never know who the killer is going to present himself as each time, it somehow makes the setting seem different each time as well.” Remy Cashman, Horror Buzz

The Basement is nowhere near perfect, but at its center is “a performance too powerful to be ignored”. And despite many other quality components – the biggest reason to see The Basement, is to watch, marvel and shake your head in amazement – at what Jackson Davis brings to his tortured and broken character.” Michael Klug, Horrorfreak News

“Jackson Davis as The Gemini Killer is a tour de force. Each time he enters the basement he is a different character and as the pieces of his life are laid out, his performance constantly ramps up to match it. But just because The Basement is a showcase for Davis and Long’s acting talents doesn’t mean that it is devoid of gore.” Christopher Jimenez, Sinful Celluloid

Main cast:

  • Mischa Barton – The Toybox; The Malevolent; The Hoarder
  • Jackson Davis
  • Cayleb Long
  • Tracie Thoms
  • Bailey Anne Borders
  • Sarah Nicklin


The Basement premiered at Shriekfest in Los Angeles on October 7, 2017.


This movie should not be confused with the 2016 Hungarian film of the same name.

Official website

Image credits: Horror Buzz


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