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Don’t Go Down There – Creepy Horror Movie Basements You’ll Want to Avoid

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Recently, while wading through the murky black waters of my unfinished and now flooded murder basement, I found myself gazing at the support column – with red children’s handprints erratically splayed across the concrete – and thought “this is probably how I die”.

While I am 100% not kidding about how outstandingly creepy my basement is (red painted handprints and all), I am, of course, still alive. I don’t live in a horror movie – if I did, I’d definitely be seven different shades of dead. Because if there’s one thing we’ve learned from a creepy basement in a horror movie, it’s that they are their own unique harbingers of doom.

Let’s go through a few, shall we?

Don’t Breathe

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Don’t Breathe has a bit of a double-whammy of basement terror. First off, it’s immense, crowded with junk, and owned by an armed and trained madman who functions well in the dark. Now, you add in the frantic, scared and kidnapped young woman chained to the ceiling, and you’ve got an express ticket to nope-town.

The People Under the Stairs

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This basement is apparently a front for a private makeshift butcher shop. The butcher’s subterranean lair is full of trapped souls, damned to live the rest of their lives ravenous and angry. Now, he has the coin to keep it going, but woefully, he needs a private supply of meat. Meat that stumbles onto the property, never to be seen again…

He’s going to eat you, is what I’m saying. Stay out of the basement, and probably just avoid the whole house in general.

The Conjuring

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The Conjuring has done a lot for horror basements. The first film has the creepy clapping and the bloody bedsheet ghost, and the second film has that freaky flooded danger zone. James Wan really doesn’t like basements, methinks. Or at least he knows the universal truth – they’re terrifying death traps.

The Silence of the Lambs

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In a scene that continues to give me anxiety every time I watch it, The Silence of the Lambs is a prime example of a nightmare-inducing horror basement. The idea of frantically wandering through the dark in an unfamiliar area with a killer-with-an-advantage chasing after you is… uncomfortably scary. Especially considering how many others have been in that same basement and not lived to tell the tale.

Clarice survived because she’s a damn good agent and she trusted her senses, acting without hesitation. We survived because we finally remembered to breathe once the damn scene is over.

We Are Still Here

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This classically creepy basement is inhabited by a vengeful family of char-broiled, flesh-burning, skull-crushing demon ghosts. These older homes do tend to have some character.

Return of the Living Dead

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Does your basement have a Tarman? Then don’t go down there! He’s hungry and strangely good at problem solving!

Intruders

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Intruders is – as my colleague Trey puts it – part The People Under the Stairs and part Panic Room. A small group of lower-case criminals break into the house of a young agoraphobic woman with the goal of stealing a large bundle of cash. Lucky for her – and unlucky for them – she has an intimate knowledge of all the house’s secrets – including a mysterious and meticulously designed basement.

If these walls could talk, they’d scream.

Evil Dead

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If you find yourself in a basement under a cabin in the woods, oh, you are definitely gonna die. Sorry.

Honorable mention:

Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door. After recently reading the book, I couldn’t bring myself to watch the movie just yet. That being said, he absolutely nails the oppressive and claustrophobic energy of a torture basement. Every scene that takes place in the basement invokes a sense of dread that – like our poor protagonist – you cannot escape and cannot control.

 

What other basements are you scared of? Tell us in the comments!

 

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Barbara Crampton Joins ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ in Latest DLC

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Gun has been knocking it out of the park recently with their massively successful Texas Chainsaw Massacre game. And now horror fans have something else to be excited about. The horror legend herself, Barbara Crampton (From Beyond) will be making an appearance in the game’s newest DLC.

Barbara has told Fangoria that she will be added in the game as a new mom character. Fans of Gun’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre game have already applauded the company for their fan service and their ability to respond to fans and keep the game updated with new features. This just shows how much the company truly understands horror fans.

Turns out, Barbara Crampton is a huge Texas Chainsaw Massacre fan from way back. In an Instagram post, she had the following to say: “probably my favorite movie of all time is The Texas Chain Saw Massacre… I was 22 and I couldn’t finish it.”

Not only that, but she is also friends with the amazing Gunnar Hansen (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). Here is what she had to say about him: “My favorite character is Gunnar Hansen as Leatherface… He sat right next to me at my first convention and helped me… we became good friends after that.”

Barbara Crampton in Re-Animator (1985)

So not only do we have horror royalty joining the game, but Barbara Crampton is also friends with the OG Leatherface as well as being a lifelong fan. Hopefully, this will spell success for the game’s upcoming DLC. Not that it was unlikely to be a hit with horror fans in the first place. Gun has a proven track record of delivering just what fans are hoping for.

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‘Tales from the Crypt’ Publisher, EC Comics is Being Brought Back to Life at Oni Comics

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After seventy years of being shut down, the iconic EC Comics is coming back by way of Oni Comics. Originally founded as an educational comics brand, it would later become a publisher known for its horror comics and tales to keep you up late at night. William Gaines lead the way and during his time we were gifted with a run of comics such as Tales From the Crypt, The Haunt of Fear, The Vault of Horror, and of course Weird Science among others. Founded in 1944 and running to 1956 it was eventually shut down due to claims that comic books were affecting the minds of our adolescents. After reaching Congress the issue was large enough to take down the small comics publisher.

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Original Cover art for EC Comics Tales From the Crypt.

Of course, later on, HBO would take Tales From the Crypt and reboot it for television with a whole new generation. However, for comic collectors, it was up to either visiting select digital archives online or purchasing old issues by way of auction. It is exciting to hear that Oni Comics is going to bring EC Comics back to life.

“EC Comics is one of the most artistically important and culturally significant publishers of all time. In ways both artful and shocking, EC confronted the darkness lurking behind the thin facade of American society — a throughline of radically confrontational storytelling that we intend to both uphold and escalate with the first new EC tales in decades. We’re challenging ourselves to evolve EC’s relentless energy and fearless sensibilities in ways never before attempted. These are intense comics for our intense times.“ Oni Comics Publisher, Hunter Gorinson said.

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Cover art from EC Comics Tales From the Crypt.

The first two comics under the new partnership are two new anthology titles that both lend themselves to the flair of their classics. First up Epitaphs from the Abyss followed by Cruel Universe. You can check out the cover for Cruel Universe at the bottom of the page.

Although the partnership is said to not be about nostalgia, we are still hoping that following some of these new titles we do get a special revisit for Tales from the Crypt or one of the other classics.

Epitaphs From the Abyss is due out in stores beginning this July. Cruel Universe is set to arrive in August.

What do you think about the Oni Comics bringing back EC Comics? Let us know in the comments section.

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Cover for EC Comics upcoming title.

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Images and a Poster Have Arrived For Eli Roth’s ‘Borderlands’

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Borderlands

Eli Roth’s Borderlands is well on its way to a theater near you. The Gearbox Software game adaptation looks to take its characters, costumes, and the world of Pandora right from the game. So, that is a good sign. However, we are still on the fence with this one. We will have a better idea of what to expect when a trailer drops tomorrow. Today we have our first look at some images from the film along with a hyper-neon fun poster.

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Photo: Cate Blanchett as Lilith in Borderlands. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lionsgate.

The synopsis for Borderlands goes like this:

Lilith (Blanchett), an infamous outlaw with a mysterious past, reluctantly returns to her home planet of Pandora to find the missing daughter of the universe’s most powerful S.O.B., Atlas (Ramirez). Lilith forms an alliance with an unexpected team – Roland (Hart), a former elite mercenary, now desperate for redemption; Tiny Tina (Greenblatt), a feral pre-teen demolitionist; Krieg (Munteanu), Tina’s musclebound, rhetorically challenged protector; Tannis (Curtis), the scientist with a tenuous grip on sanity; and Claptrap (Black), a persistently wiseass robot. These unlikely heroes must battle alien monsters and dangerous bandits to find and protect the missing girl, who may hold the key to unimaginable power. The fate of the universe could be in their hands – but they’ll be fighting for something more: each other.

Borderlands stars Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Edgar Ramirez, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ariana Greenblatt, Florian Munteanu, Haley Bennett, Olivier Richters, Gina Gershon, Cheyenne Jackson, Charles Babalola, Benjamin Byron Davis, Steven Boyer, Bobby Lee, Ryann Redmond, Penn Jillette, and Janina Gavankar, and Jack Black.

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Borderlands arrives in theaters beginning August 9. Are you excited about this one? Let us know in the comments section.

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