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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Girl in the Basement 2021 * * * 1/2 Stars


Girl in the Basement is my latest write-up. It's a brutal experience not a movie and I don't think I could sit through it again. That doesn't mean it's not recommendable.

So yeah, "Basement" is a Lifetime film on anabolic steroids. It makes other Lifetime endeavors feel like child's play in comparison. The despicable antagonist in "Basement" is played by Judd Nelson. If you thought you hated his John Bender in The Breakfast Club, you ain't seen nothing yet.

Girl in the Basement is like 2015's Room bucked up about ten notches. And if you're easily upset and/or wholly traumatized, you might wanna stay clear of "Basement's" tormented, 88-minute running time.

The director of "Basement" is actress turned rookie helmer, Elisabeth Rohm (she makes a cameo too). Rohm's debut is impressive as she uses two or three locations and creates a level of claustrophobia and pseudo Stockholm syndrome. Heck, "Basement" contains the type of cinematic, family dysfunction that would make Maury Povich eat his heart out.

Based loosely on a true story and spanning about twenty years, Girl in the Basement is about a father (Judd Nelson as Don) who holds his youngest daughter captive in his downstairs abode. He abuses her, rapes her, and in disturbing fashion, she ends up mothering three of his children (with one added miscarriage brought on by brute violence).

In retrospect, I was almost reluctant to review Girl in the Basement because well, the putrid subject matter punched me in the gut once too often. However, the somewhat happy ending and eventual rendering of the outside world was enough to suffice. "Basement" is a Lifetime pic that other Lifetime pics couldn't touch with a stick. It will affect you terribly and make you realize that today's environment although hard up, might not be so hard after all.

Written by Jesse Burleson

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