BASEMENT, THE 5-Film Retro '80s Horror Collection (VHS + DVD combo)

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The Ultimate Gift to Fans of 1980’s DIY Horror Cinema!  VHS / DVD 5-Film Collection in an Exclusive VHS Collector’s Package that Includes Classic Early 1980’s Home Video VHS “Big Box” Packaging!  Also Includes the Never-Before-Released 8mm feature, The Basement, on DVD…and VHS.

Available for the first time on VHS and DVD, The Basement is the lost 1989 Super 8 anthology feature film directed by Timothy O’Rawe (Ghoul School). Restored by director of photography Michael Raso in 2010, The Basement is a shining example of 80’s DIY cinema inspired by Amicus Films’ Tales from the Crypt and featuring elaborate special make-up and creature effects by Scott Hart.    

The Basement (1989) - Directed by Tim O’Rawe. Four strangers are summoned to the basement of an abandoned house by a mysterious entity known only as The Sentinel.  One after another, they are forced to witness heinous deeds they have yet to commit – and which will damn them for all eternity.  Segments include Swimming Pool - An unfaithful woman disposes of the evidence with a little help from a demonic water spirit.   Trick or Treat - Classic monsters exact revenge on a bitter man who refuses to honor Halloween.    Zombie Movie - Cocaine, hookers and reanimated corpses wreak havoc on the set of an independent film.   Home Sweet Home - A young man questions his sanity after purchasing a house where torture and mass murder were committed 6 years before.    

The Basement Retro ‘80s Horror Collection also includes cult classic DIY films:  

Captives – Available for the first time on DVD, Captives is director Gary Cohen’s follow-up to his incredibly successful SOV horror films Video Violence and Video Violence 2. Taken hostage by three violently deranged criminals, a woman fights back to save her baby and mother-in-law’s lives in this gritty and suspenseful crime drama.  

Video Violence-  In this gore-soaked cult classic, a young couple opens a video store in a small town populated by violence-addicted amateur filmmakers, lead by the demented Howard and Eli.    

Video Violence 2 - The sequel to the Video Violence finds Howard and Eli pirating a cable TV channel for the purpose of furthering their brand of homegrown depravity, madness and murder.   Cannibal Campout - Deranged orphans torture, mutilate and murder innocent campers in this DIY classic from Jon McBride.                                                                             

 “The best box set of 2011!" –

" It's like a gore-drenched, un-reality take on Amicus's TALES FROM THE CRYPT starring every stoned metalhead from your high school, plus their stoned moms and dads. By all rules of logic, this movie should not be good. But in the tradition of other backyard Super 8 epics like Nathan Schiff's THE LONG ISLAND CANNIBAL MASSACRE and the Polonia Brothers' LETHAL NIGHTMARE, THE BASEMENT isn't just good -- it's exhilarating"- Alamo Drafthouse Ritz Austin Tx screening blurb

“the essential Camp Motion Pictures release for horror fans, collectors, completists and bang for your buck box set seekers. The Basement isn’t good, but it is a chaotic frenzy of monsters, gore, fog, graveyards, zombies and psychotic hellfire & brimstone. In a nutshell, The Basement exemplifies most of what we love in horror movies despite budget and professional restraints.” –

“Get it.... Now! One of the best sets I've seen in a long time.” – Foulfeast Blogspot

“Extra cool!” – “Like Christmas had come early!” – 

“With frequent gore, occasional brief nudity and a lot of extras and this set comes up a winner. Good stuff!”   rockshockpop

Timothy O’Rawe’s unassuming feature, The Basement, quite simply left me enthralled…O’Rawe’s clever craftsmanship produces four quality camp horror tales to rival anything from HBO’s Tales From the Crypt. –

“Truly delivers the cheese on every single level possible, it fully revitalized my love of the so-bad-it’s-good horror flick.” – vhshitfest 

Captives: “Captives remains the most accomplished SOV horror film from this era…Captives is well plotted and even a little unsettling in its gritty, real time presentation.” - Joseph A. Ziemba,  

Cannibal Campout: “I love this movie...perhaps it\'s the completely tasteless ending that was so sickening that I couldn\'t help but enjoy it enormously.”  -  

“The grossest scenes this side of H.G. Lewis… will probably repulse even the staunchest vidiot.” - Fangoria Magazine  

“Amateur guerilla filmmaking at its best” -

“Two things that make this pitiful little movie so enjoyable: 1) the lovable cheapness of the whole thing, and 2) the ridiculous amount of gore.” -  

“Cannibal Campout may be the most gruesome home movie ever made” -  

Video Violence 2: “Unique blend of fiction, satire and blending hilarity with a sense of reality that make this nearly as good a watch as the original.” -  







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1987, 1988, 1989 / 548 mins. / 3 DVDs + VHS / Horror / Color and B&W / Not Rated / 4x3 / Region 0 / NTSC / English / Stereo SPECIAL FEATURES: - The Basement on VHS Cassette - The Basement Commentary - The Basement Outtakes - The Basement New Segment - Vengeance short film - Say No To Drugs short film - Meadowlands Showcase Segment: Halloween Take Over - Meadowlands Showcase Segment: Long Road to Karaoke - Meadowlands Showcase Segment: Long is the Night - Video Violence 1&2 Commentaries - Cannibal Campout Commentary - Captives Commentary - Interview with Video Violence Director Gary Cohen - Camp Motion Picture Vault