If you are looking for a slow burn with some kick to start the season off, might I suggest ‘The Basement,’ premiering at the Shriekfest Film Festival this weekend.
LOS ANGELES, CA (SEPTEMBER XX, 2017) – Pasadena, California-based production company Conley Entertainment Group is proud to announce the World Premiere of their feature independent horror/thriller ‘The Basement,’ to be held at the venerable Shriekfest Film Festival on Saturday, October 7th at 8:15PM at Raleigh Studios (5300 Melrose Avenue), in Hollywood, CA.
Starring Mischa Barton (‘The Sixth Sense’), Jackson Davis (‘Lonelygirl15’), Cayleb Long, Tracie Thoms (‘Death Proof’), Bailey Anne Borders (‘The Fifth Wave’) and Sarah Nicklin, the plot of ‘The Basement,‘ which Sam Santiago of TrulyDisturbing.com likens to a cross between ‘Silence of the Lambs’ and ‘Split,’ is about a L.A. serial killer known as The Gemini (Davis), who tortures and ultimately murders his victims in the dungeon-like basement of his San Fernando Valley home. By the time the movie opens, Gemini has already claimed seven victims, all of whom he has horrifyingly maimed and decapitated with a blowtorch, but Craig Owen (Long), the famed musician who Gemini has chosen for his eighth victim, and Craig’s beautiful wife Kelly (Barton) prove every bit the killer’s equal in the art of psychological warfare, giving rise to one of the more diabolical plot twists in recent memory.
Brian Conley, who co-wrote and co-directed with Nathan Ives, stated of the premiere. “It is truly thrilling to be premiering our film at a festival as revered and respected as Shriekfest.”
Ives, who, along with Conley and Mark Heidelberger, also co-produced, said of the film, “Neither Brian nor I had any interest in making a mindless horror movie. There is a lot going on beneath the surface in this film, and I think audiences will be intrigued.”
Stated Shriekfest Founder Denise Gossett of the film’s selection, “”I am a huge fan and supporter of independent films and ‘The Basement’ is a great example of a well-made, beautifully shot film with some terrific performances!”
Nevertheless, Santiago has a word of warning for potential premiere goers, “There is a fair amount of gore and this film does not shy away from showing the extreme physical and psychological trauma you’d find present under such circumstances. It’s not for everyone.”
Producer Heidelberger, seems to concur, adding with a wink. “The performances in this movie are so true to life, it’s frankly disturbing. But the directors keep telling me that’s a good thing.”