Five reasons to watch horror-suspense thriller Basement

by Faye Manlogon
Feb 18, 2014

Basement is a horror-suspense thriller with a twist.

Topel Lee directs this movie, which is produced by Springboard Films and Coffee House Productions.

In the movie, a group of strangers find themselves trapped in an underground parking lot.

A storm rages outside while a malevolent creature is on a killing rampage inside the basement.

The characters of Chynna Ortaleza, Louise Delos Reyes, Kristoffer Martin, Enzo Pineda, Dion Ignacio, Kevin Santos, Jan Manual, Ron Padilla, Teejay Marquez, Mona Louise Rey, and Dex Quindoza all struggle to survive the night.

Completing the cast are Aljur Abrenica, Betong Sumaya, Ellen Adarna, and Ms. Pilita Corrales.

In a typical "horror type" chain of events, the characters come face-to-face with the manananggal that is intent on devouring them all.

There are lines in the movie that sound dated even though the supposed setting is the year 2010. Hearing Enzo Pineda's character tell Sarah Lahbati, "Bumalik
na tayo sa auto," is just as cringe-worthy as hearing Dex Quindoza scream like a little girl when he discovers that a ferocious creature is coming after him.

The first horror film of 2014 won’t leave you clinging onto your loved one in terror, but there are some bright spots in the movie that make it worth your while:

5. Betong's silly antics

The comedian's character is actually entertaining and irritating at the same time. At one point, he even showcases some capoiera moves that prove to be useless especially when he attempts to fight off...

4. Ellen Adarna's legs

There are a lot of things worse than seeing a pair of (sexy) legs running around.

3. Pilita Corrales' gun-toting scene

The veteran singer is cast as a crippled woman in the movie but her strong spirit more than makes up for her disability. When she challenges the manananggal to a showdown, her character demonstrates a certain courage that is sorely lacking in the others.

2. A cinematic chase scene

The judicious use of slow-motion camera work in the chase scene featuring Louise delos Reyes makes it a visual treat that should be commended. The clarity and level of detail in the slo-mo chase scene is impressive even though the end result could actually frustrate most viewers.

1. Find out who lives and who dies

Granted, there are some characters that you want to be killed off pronto but the filmmakers make unusual choices regarding who ends up being saved in the end.

Basement can be an alternative film to watch in order to add a little comedy and horror to your Valentine's season.

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