Review of "The Basement" by The Headless Critic
The Basement – 2018
Production by: The Conley Company
Distribution by: Uncork’d Entertainment
What do a clown, a con, a doctor, a lawyer, a prison guard, your parents and an executioner have in common? They all live inside the head of L.A.’s notorious Gemini killer Bill Anderson (Jackson Davis). His newest victim is family man Craig Owen (Cayleb Long) who unfortunate for him is now tied up in The Basement. “Two men, twelve personalities, one living hell.”
The latest feature from co-writing, directing and producing duo Brian M. Conley and Nathan Ives is a study of the psychological mind and an actor’s dream role. There are as many characters inside the mind of Bill Anderson as there are characters in the entire movie. Jackson Davis gets to run wild with split personalities and he’s highly entertaining at it.
His victim played by Cayleb Long is tormented physically and psychologically creating his own story arch that leads to a mental breakdown all within the confines of the chair he’s tied to. He knows he’s in the hands of a killer who’s known to decapitate his victims. He knows his killer either has Dissociative Identity Disorder or at the very least likes to play dress-up. He knows he’s going to die.
Supporting roles from the perspective of the missing man’s wife Kelly Owen (Mischa Barton) and her best friend and support system Bianca (Bailey Anne Borders) add a needed element to a life outside The Basement. Casting a known actress like Mischa Barton leads the viewer to believe she’ll turn action hero badass and save her man. The direction the movie takes is a lot more fun. If there’s one item to take away from The Basement of horrors it’s to never trust a Gemini.
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3 out of 5 Headless Critics