Rare is the modern horror short that is both genuinely effective on a visceral level and doubles as an inspired throwback to films that utilized atmosphere, sound design, pacing, and a genuine understanding of primordial fears.
As children, we’ve all been apprehensive of the dark, brooding corners of the structural underbelly of our dwelling – there’s a deep-seeded psychological component to this; be that Freudian intuition or just base survival instinct. The Basement has always been a fixture of the genre, a cornerstone of our psyche, and a place where nightmares breed. Director Trev Renney has taken these primitive fears and buried them deep in his new film, The Basement, a horrifyingly effective, deliberately paced search for the unknown. Highlighted by a great sound mix which mixes odd ambient tones with a generally ominous underscore, the film also possesses a confident, sharp and efficient cutting scheme by editor Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux, and some really striking cinematography; eerily reminiscent of the H.R. Giger-inspired aesthetic prominent in Alien (consequently, this is why I cut the trailer in such a fashion). The film’s foundation is bolstered by strong, assured direction from Renney who never deviates in his approach and is uniquely successful in balancing a slow-burn opening with a devilishly scary denouement.
Any successful synthesis of the psych-thriller dynamic and true horror yarn will always make impulse, desire, and fear the pillars of creation and consequently, the scariest stories are always the ones conceived in our subconscious. The Basement is a terrific reminder that the darkest component of the human spirit will always be its imagination.
– Ben Lewandowski
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