Do You Like My Basement? is a dark horror film with a unique, voyeuristic approach to fear. A subtle commentary on actors and filmmakers, voyeurism and reality TV, the story is told from the perspective of an aspiring filmmaker, Stanley Farmer.
Stanley creates a spontaneous, dark comic narrative spun from the auditions of innocent actors who arrive at his apartment for a casting session and agree to play along with his homemade reality horror project. We are sucked into his film-within-a-film as we bear witness to the actors’ candid interviews that evolve into unsettling basement auditions. The unfortunate timing of innocent callers heightens the tension as Stanley juggles the developing drama in the basement with home improvements and nosy neighbors, all while wielding his camera to create an improvised cinematic masterpiece.
Do You Like My Basement? is Roger Sewhcomar's first narrative feature film. His desire to make a feature-length movie grew from working long hours on countless low-budget independent productions in New York City. After ten years in the game, Roger transferred his energy to a project of his own and retired to his dank basement to write a screenplay. Four months later, the script for Do You Like My Basement? was done.
Roger tailored the film’s parameters to his unique Harlem location. He transformed the space into a filmmaker's lair using existing features and inexpensive production design (plastic sheeting!) -- soon, a movie set was born. Roger begged favors from crew contacts, borrowed props from friends, and cooked a daily lunch to save production money. He also tested his sanity by continuing to work part-time jobs at Lincoln Center and Bloomberg while shooting the film.
Roger's goal is to illustrate that quality low-budget filmmaking can exist in the horror genre without indulging in soft porn and gore tactics. Do You Like My Basement? does feature a smattering of gore, but Roger also creates a compelling narrative through believable scenarios. He gives us a horror movie we love for the fine balance it strikes between humor and terror; we find ourselves laughing through our fear as the final climactic scene unfolds in Stanley’s blood-saturated basement.
Roger and everyone involved with Do You Like My Basement? thank you for your support of this project.
Here is a link to the trailer: http://vimeo.com/36247214
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