Virgil Films & Entertainment asks the question on Jan. 14, “Do you like my basement?” Just saying it gives one the creeps.
Now imagine that some dope of a would-be-filmmaker pulls off a home invasion, does away with the occupants and sets up shop to film his horror masterpiece in his newly redecorated basement studio. Audition notices are posted, would-be thespians recruited and things progress in sort of a cinéma vérité style of guerrilla filmmaking — indeed, the term “casting couch” takes on a whole new meaning!
That’s the premise of producer, writer and director Roger Sewhcomar’s aptly titled Do You Like My Basement?, which will be making its DVD debut on the aforementioned mid-January street-date Tuesday.
Filmmaker Stanley Farmer (Charlie Floyd, making his feature film debut here) has been schooled in horror films since a young lad and over the years has developed what can best be described as a “vision” — he’s going to make a reality horror film. Pitching the idea to potential investors has been a thankless task, so he’s decided to strike out on his own (with limited resources he was forced to “acquire” a filming location).
Actors — we might add, who are as dumb as stumps — show up for the audition, are giving a short pitch by Stanley on the premise of his film (he films everything, including the meet-and-greet interviews) and then they are shuffled off to “the set ” for some audition footage. His goal — during the auditions — is to capture real fear in them!
Filmmaker Roger Sewhcomar’s Do You Like My Basement? is an excellent example of what can be accomplished on what amounts to a micro-budget. Not only is the final result an effective — and slickly produced — black comedy/horror thriller, but it is also the sort of film that has to scare the hell out of the “Hollywood” studios … they waste more in an afternoon than Sewhcomar’s entire production budget and more often than not end up producing a final product that can’t touch the effectiveness of Do You Like My Basement?
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