Really Awful Movies: Ep 173 – Don’t Look in the Basement

Don’t Look in the Basement, aka, The Forgotten, is a 1973 independent horror, shot on a shoe-string budget.

The film is set on the secluded grounds of Stephens Sanitarium, an insane asylum that’s considerably understaffed.

Its chief psychiatrist (Dr. Stephens) employs treatment methods which are not altogether useful.

One of the patients (known as “Judge”) hacks the good doc with an axe when they’re out in the wilderness chopping wood (one of the odd therapeutic techniques).

That’s when Nurse Beale arrives on the scene, a staffer hired by Dr. Stephens. She’s made aware that doc is stone dead, and it’s her interactions with the various patients at the facility that drives this pretty much plot-less film.

So, what to make of Don’t Look in the Basement? Because this is a 1973 horror movie, you get lots of Freudian weirdness, and the exploitation dial is ratcheted up.

On this episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, your genial hosts Chris and Jeff explore:

-why so many Ramones songs are about the psychiatric profession

-life expectancy and what’s a good age to conk out

-the prevalence of axe murderers in horror movies, when it’s not exactly the most easily-wielded weapon (you know, it’s heavy, and blows aren’t often fatal).

-the grotesque practice of lobotomies

-the promise of, and the of late lackluster offerings, by director M. Night Shyamalan

-twist endings, and finally…


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Really Awful Movies: Ep 172 – Train to Busan

Train to Busan is a 2016 South Korean zombie apocalypse action thriller that has achieved considerable acclaim. It’s directed by Yeon Sang-ho and stars Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, and Ma Dong-seok.

Train to Busan takes place on a passenger train to the large South Korean city of Busan, just as a zombie apocalypse is afoot. As if a daily commute wasn’t bad enough?

A young dad is accompanying his daughter to Busan, to visit her mother. He’s a fund trader, and absentee father so we know he’s supposed to meet with something redemptive, but that’s neither here nor there. Anyway, along for the ride, a baseball, and assorted other commuters on this train, who have to cope with a viral outbreak that’s turning the populate into frothing, mutant undead. You know how it goes.

So, is Train to Busan all that and a bag of chips? Or is the Asian zombie film a small cup of guacamole on the side? Check out the Really Awful Movies Podcast every Friday!