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* ''VideoGame/YummyBreakfast'': Susan's basement is dark and has strange things on the walls, such as bloody handprints and an axe. There's a door that leads to an unknown room, and even Susan finds it to be really creepy, initially refusing to see what's behind it. [[spoiler:The door leads to a long, dark hallway where a girl is trapped, with dirty, bloody floors and concrete walls.]]


* There's one in the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' book (and corresponding TV episode) "Vampire Breath". Arguably there's more of those in the other books as well, such as in the book, appropriately titled, "Stay Out Of The Basement", because the father had been growing evil mutant plants down there. Kids find unfinished basements scary, so it makes sense to include them in a kids' horror series.
** There's also the bizarre "I Live In Your Basement", which - just read the summary [[http://www.bloggerbeware.com/2006/05/61-i-live-in-your-basement.html here]].
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Literature/{{Hogfather}}'', we meet Catseye, an outlaw-for-hire famed for his night vision and comfort in the darkness... with the exception of one cellar from his childhood.
--> "Our mam used to wallop us if we went down to the cellar," said Medium Dave. "She had her still down there."
--> "Yeah?" said Catseye, from somewhere far off. "Well, ''our'' dad used to wallop us if we tried to get out."
** When the Tooth Fairy's Castle [[ItMakesSenseInContext (long story)]] activates its defenses and sics his worst fears after him, he is swallowed by impossibly-deep shadows, leaving nothing behind but his boots and air that "tasted of rats, and damp, and mold."



* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{IT}}'', little Georgie Denbrough hates going down to the cellar. He should have been more worried about the drains...
* The Barrayaran Embassy in ''Literature/{{Cryoburn}}'' has one of these. The inhabitants use it for classified communications and miscellaneous plotting. [[StreetUrchin Jin Sato]] is rather afraid to go down into it the first time he's invited to.



* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, you have the Chamber of Secrets, which is basically Hogwarts's basement.
* [[Literature/JohannesCabalTheNecromancer Johannes Cabal]] has his own basement of horrors, to say nothing of his antagonists' lairs and haunts.

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* In The Barrayaran Embassy in ''Literature/{{Cryoburn}}'' has one of these. The inhabitants use it for classified communications and miscellaneous plotting. [[StreetUrchin Jin Sato]] is rather afraid to go down into it the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, you have the Chamber of Secrets, which is basically Hogwarts's basement.
* [[Literature/JohannesCabalTheNecromancer Johannes Cabal]] has his own basement of horrors, to say nothing of his antagonists' lairs and haunts.
first time he's invited to.



* There's one in the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' book (and corresponding TV episode) ''Vampire Breath''. Arguably there's more of those in the other books as well, such as in the book, appropriately titled, ''Stay Out Of The Basement'', because the father had been growing evil mutant plants down there. Kids find unfinished basements scary, so it makes sense to include them in a kids' horror series.
** There's also the bizarre ''I Live In Your Basement'', which - just read the summary [[http://www.bloggerbeware.com/2006/05/61-i-live-in-your-basement.html here]].
* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, you have the Chamber of Secrets, which is basically Hogwarts's basement.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Literature/{{Hogfather}}'', we meet Catseye, an outlaw-for-hire famed for his night vision and comfort in the darkness... with the exception of one cellar from his childhood.
--> "Our mam used to wallop us if we went down to the cellar," said Medium Dave. "She had her still down there."
--> "Yeah?" said Catseye, from somewhere far off. "Well, ''our'' dad used to wallop us if we tried to get out."
** When the Tooth Fairy's Castle [[ItMakesSenseInContext (long story)]] activates its defenses and sics his worst fears after him, he is swallowed by impossibly-deep shadows, leaving nothing behind but his boots and air that "tasted of rats, and damp, and mold."
* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{IT}}'', little Georgie Denbrough hates going down to the cellar. He should have been more worried about the drains...
* ''Literature/JohannesCabalTheNecromancer'': Johannes Cabal has his own basement of horrors, to say nothing of his antagonists' lairs and haunts.
* Creator/BillBryson has one article contained in ''Notes from a Big Country'' (also published as ''I'm a Stranger Here Myself'') where he muses on the inherent creepiness of American basements. He elaborates that occasionally some enterprising parent will try to do their basement up nicely with lights and games, and the children will ''still'' be too terrified to go down there.



* Creator/BillBryson has one article contained in ''Notes from a Big Country'' (also published as ''I'm a Stranger Here Myself'') where he muses on the inherent creepiness of American basements. He elaborates that occasionally some enterprising parent will try to do their basement up nicely with lights and games, and the children will ''still'' be too terrified to go down there.



* In ''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}'', the basement in Hillhurst Mansion is so creepy, even Flabber and the monsters who live there are too afraid to go down there! In the second season, when they have to go there to look for the mysterious intruder in the Mansion, they find who's lurking down there - Little Ghoul. Later, she makes her room down there.



* Several times in ''Series/TheXFiles''. The examples include the following episodes:
** In "Millennium", there are zombies in a basement.
** [[PaedoHunt A creepy child molester]] kidnaps a young girl and keeps her in his basement in "Oubliette".
** A very creepy basement appeared in "Schizogeny" where Karin (the-monster-of-the-week) used to be locked up when she was small and she in turn locks there another girl who has to watch her aunt's murder and her body through a small window. Moreover, there is Karin's fatherís body covered in tree roots in the cellar.



* In ''Series/HomeImprovement'', Wilson's basement is a deep, dark, dank, very spacious cavern as shown in the pic of this page.
** Tim invokes this in one episode by turning the basement into a HauntedHouse for Brad's Halloween party.
*** A later episode has him turn the basement into a third bedroom so none of the boys have to share anymore; Randy gets to be the one to stay down there, but he's unsettled by a lot of the noises he hears in the night.
* A RunningGag has Jackson in Series/HannahMontana not want to clean the basement as a punishment as "there are [[SpidersAreScary spiders]] down there".



* PlayedForLaughs with the setting of ''Series/TheITCrowd'', especially in the first episode, where the building's nice view of the city and carefree atmosphere is contrasted with the bottom floor. A grimy, flickering elevator button foreshadows a dark hallway where hot steam intermittently bursts out of vents. (It even has its own creepy basement-dweller, Richmond the Goth.) The actual main I.T. room isn't too bad, just a mess.
* In ''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}'', the basement in Hillhurst Mansion is so creepy, even Flabber and the monsters who live there are too afraid to go down there! In the second season, when they have to go there to look for the mysterious intruder in the Mansion, they find who's lurking down there - Little Ghoul. Later, she makes her room down there.
* In ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'', the titular character owns a prime example of a creepy basement where he stashes all the dead people. In the second season, [[spoiler:Beverly is killed when Hannibal catches her searching through]] his basement.



* A RunningGag has Jackson in Series/HannahMontana not want to clean the basement as a punishment as "there are [[SpidersAreScary spiders]] down there".
* In ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'', the title character owns a prime example of a creepy basement where he stashes all the dead people. In the second season, [[spoiler:Beverly is killed when Hannibal catches her searching through]] his basement.
* In ''Series/HomeImprovement'', Wilson's basement is a deep, dark, dank, very spacious cavern as shown in the pic of this page.
** Tim invokes this in one episode by turning the basement into a HauntedHouse for Brad's Halloween party.
*** A later episode has him turn the basement into a third bedroom so none of the boys have to share anymore; Randy gets to be the one to stay down there, but he's unsettled by a lot of the noises he hears in the night.
* PlayedForLaughs with the setting of ''Series/TheITCrowd'', especially in the first episode, where the building's nice view of the city and carefree atmosphere is contrasted with the bottom floor. A grimy, flickering elevator button foreshadows a dark hallway where hot steam intermittently bursts out of vents. (It even has its own creepy basement-dweller, Richmond the Goth.) The actual main I.T. room isn't too bad, just a mess.
* Several times in ''Series/TheXFiles''. The examples include the following episodes:
** In "Millennium", there are zombies in a basement.
** [[PaedoHunt A creepy child molester]] kidnaps a young girl and keeps her in his basement in "Oubliette".
** A very creepy basement appeared in "Schizogeny" where Karin (the-monster-of-the-week) used to be locked up when she was small and she in turn locks there another girl who has to watch her aunt's murder and her body through a small window. Moreover, there is Karin's fatherís body covered in tree roots in the cellar.



* In ''VideoGame/AoOni'', there are a few points where the player has to go into the basement of the house. Not only is it initially pitch-black in there, but there's also no background music and the only sound is [[NothingIsScarier an unseen being's heavy breathing]]. This coupled with the fact that the monster can jump out at any point even when you ''can'' see what's going on makes it incredibly terrifying.



* ''VideoGame/BeyondTwoSouls'': Well, it's a garage, but it fits. It's unclear on the player's first venture in there to get oil whether the creepiness is due to the evil spirits, Aiden, or just Jodie's young imagination playing with her.
* Mom in ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' has a huge basement filled with all sorts of mutants, demons, dead bodies, undead bodies, and the occasional physical incarnation of one of the Seven Deadly Sins. And Isaac, a young boy, has to fight through this place, completely naked, with his tears as his only weapon.
* ''VideoGame/DeadByDaylight'' features one of these on each map, providing the killer with a set of four meat hooks. Perfect to nail all of those pesky humans without having to go on a long trek.
* In ''VideoGame/TheDeadCase'', there's one in the house of [[spoiler:Greg Toberen]]. The protagonist finds human bones in the remains of his basement and [[spoiler:his wife conveniently died in a house fire when [[HeKnowsTooMuch she went snooping down there]].]]
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' has an unusual one. When Hawke goes to take back their family's ancestral home, they do so by entering the basement using their mother's old key. The basement itself is relatively normal, but the creepy factor is ratcheted up by the presence of a gang of murderous ''slave traders'' - some of whom use deadly magic.
* The Anvil Lighthouse Cellar in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''. Not terribly dark, but damn is it scary.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. [[BodyHorror The Church's]] [[AndIMustScream Basement]], where [[spoiler: the other children who survived the Fuyuki Fire are kept [[FateWorseThanDeath as basically]] [[PoweredByAForsakenChild Gilgamesh's life/mana sources]].]] To make it worse, if the player chooses not to see the BodyHorror, it's a GameOver. Goddamnit, game.
* ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate]]'' features a rare industrial variant in the Old Underground Metro Area. Aside from a few flooded areas and scattered crates, it looks new and well-maintained, which doesn't make it any less spooky when the place is ''packed'' with Alma's hostile apparitions and absolutely nothing else.
* ''VideoGame/FreeIcecream'': The game starts with the [[PlayerCharacter little girl]] tied up in the killer's basement.
* ''VideoGame/HauntingStarringPolterguy'': The underworld is presumably set beneath the Sardini house and has many spooky things in them like skulls, coffins, bats, pits, and arms reaching for you.
* In ''VideoGame/HelloNeighbor'', your neighbor has one, and the goal of the game is to find out what's in it. He probably isn't protecting it with a lock, keycard, and boards for no reason. It's [[spoiler:a dark maze of access corridors surrounding a bunch of locked-up rooms with pictures put up to imitate the outside world, which is implied to be where the Neighbor imprisoned his son for pushing his daughter to her death.]]
* The SNES and Game Boy adaptations of ''Film/HomeAlone'' feature this at the end of every stage.



* {{Subverted|Trope}} in both ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' games. Maintenance passages and underground sections aren't any less or more prone to housing Infected, and the absolute majority of the safe rooms are located below ground, most likely due to their inherently tough structure and few access points making them natural strongholds, plus the ease to seal off the air entrances[[note]]the first idea was that TheVirus was airborne; by the time that was disproven, infrastructure had collapsed too much for new above-ground safe houses to be widely made[[/note]].



* The titular Dark Room in ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' episode 4.
* A large portion of the final part of ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'' takes place in the mansion's basement. In the sequel ''VideoGame/LuigisMansionDarkMoon'', E. Gadd notes how cellars have a bad reputation, and doesn't blame Luigi for being scared.
* The aptly-named ''[[http://www.kongregate.com/games/godlimations/monster-basement Monster Basement]]'' takes place entirely in one.
* The [[spoiler:Confinement Room]] in ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' may qualify as this. It is on the lower deck of the ship and is definitely dark.
* The ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series is full of these.
** In the First game the basement is visited late game and is filled with [[NoZombieCannibals zombies eating each other]]. There's also the basement of the guardhouse area which is filled with Zombie sharks.
** The basement in [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard the seventh entry]] in the series is the most dangerous area in the residence.
* Plays a big role in ''VideoGame/{{Scratches}}''.



* The ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series is full of these.
** In the First game the basement is visited late game and is filled with [[NoZombieCannibals zombies eating each other]]. There's also the basement of the guardhouse area which is filled with Zombie sharks.
** The basement in [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard the seventh entry]] in the series is the most dangerous area in the residence.
* The titular Dark Room in ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' episode 4.
* Plays a big role in ''VideoGame/{{Scratches}}''.
* The Anvil Lighthouse Cellar in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''. Not terribly dark, but damn is it scary.



* The aptly-named ''[[http://www.kongregate.com/games/godlimations/monster-basement Monster Basement]]'' takes place entirely in one.
* The SNES and Game Boy adaptations of ''Film/HomeAlone'' feature this at the end of every stage.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. [[BodyHorror The Church's]] [[AndIMustScream Basement]], where [[spoiler: the other children who survived the Fuyuki Fire are kept [[FateWorseThanDeath as basically]] [[PoweredByAForsakenChild Gilgamesh's life/mana sources]].]] To make it worse, if the player chooses not to see the BodyHorror, it's a GameOver. Goddamnit, game.
* The [[spoiler:Confinement Room]] in ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' may qualify as this. It is on the lower deck of the ship and is definitely dark.
* A large portion of the final part of ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'' takes place in the mansion's basement. In the sequel ''VideoGame/LuigisMansionDarkMoon'', E. Gadd notes how cellars have a bad reputation, and doesn't blame Luigi for being scared.
* Mom in ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' has a huge basement filled with all sorts of mutants, demons, dead bodies, undead bodies, and the occasional physical incarnation of one of the Seven Deadly Sins. And Isaac, a young boy, has to fight through this place, completely naked, with his tears as his only weapon.
* ''VideoGame/BeyondTwoSouls'': Well, it's a garage, but it fits. It's unclear on the player's first venture in there to get oil whether the creepiness is due to the evil spirits, Aiden, or just Jodie's young imagination playing with her.
* {{Subverted|Trope}} in both ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' games. Maintenance passages and underground sections aren't any less or more prone to housing Infected, and the absolute majority of the safe rooms are located below ground, most likely due to their inherently tough structure and few access points making them natural strongholds, plus the ease to seal off the air entrances[[note]]the first idea was that TheVirus was airborne; by the time that was disproven, infrastructure had collapsed too much for new above-ground safe houses to be widely made[[/note]].
* In ''VideoGame/AoOni'', there are a few points where the player has to go into the basement of the house. Not only is it initially pitch-black in there, but there's also no background music and the only sound is [[NothingIsScarier an unseen being's heavy breathing]]. This coupled with the fact that the monster can jump out at any point even when you ''can'' see what's going on makes it incredibly terrifying.
* In ''VideoGame/TheDeadCase'', there's one in the house of [[spoiler:Greg Toberen]]. The protagonist finds human bones in the remains of his basement and [[spoiler:his wife conveniently died in a house fire when [[HeKnowsTooMuch she went snooping down there]].]]
* ''VideoGame/DeadByDaylight'' features one of these on each map, providing the killer with a set of four meat hooks. Perfect to nail all of those pesky humans without having to go on a long trek.
* ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate]]'' features a rare industrial variant in the Old Underground Metro Area. Aside from a few flooded areas and scattered crates, it looks new and well-maintained, which doesn't make it any less spooky when the place is ''packed'' with Alma's hostile apparitions and absolutely nothing else.
* ''VideoGame/FreeIcecream'': The game starts with the [[PlayerCharacter little girl]] tied up in the killer's basement.
* ''VideoGame/HauntingStarringPolterguy'': The underworld is presumably set beneath the Sardini house and has many spooky things in them like skulls, coffins, bats, pits, and arms reaching for you.
* In ''VideoGame/HelloNeighbor'', your neighbor has one, and the goal of the game is to find out what's in it. He probably isn't protecting it with a lock, keycard, and boards for no reason. It's [[spoiler:a dark maze of access corridors surrounding a bunch of locked-up rooms with pictures put up to imitate the outside world, which is implied to be where the Neighbor imprisoned his son for pushing his daughter to her death.]]
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' has an unusual one. When Hawke goes to take back their family's ancestral home, they do so by entering the basement using their mother's old key. The basement itself is relatively normal, but the creepy factor is ratcheted up by the presence of a gang of murderous ''slave traders'' - some of whom use deadly magic.



* The cabin's basement in ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' is quite nice and well lit, except that it is a complex of caves with a laboratory and deep pit from which at least one monster has come.



* In ''Webcomic/KillingStalking'', the action is properly kickstarted when the StalkerWithACrush Yoon Bum slips in the house of his crush Sangwoo, then goes into his basement, and [[spoiler:finds out that he's a SerialKiller.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheNoordegraafFiles'' has the sub - basement under Theo and Lars' office building. Lars pokes fun at Theo for being scared - until a noise makes him jump. It turns out to be [[spoiler:a girl snooping around, who kicks off the whole plotline.]]



* The cabin's basement in ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' is quite nice and well lit, except that it is a complex of caves with a laboratory and deep pit from which at least one monster has come.



* ''Webcomic/TheNoordegraafFiles'' has the sub - basement under Theo and Lars' office building. Lars pokes fun at Theo for being scared - until a noise makes him jump. It turns out to be [[spoiler:a girl snooping around, who kicks off the whole plotline.]]
* In ''Webcomic/KillingStalking'', the action is properly kickstarted when the StalkerWithACrush Yoon Bum slips in the house of his crush Sangwoo, then goes into his basement, and [[spoiler:finds out that he's a SerialKiller.]]



* [[WebVideo/RedLetterMedia Harry S. Plinkett]] [[SerialKiller utilizes]] his cellar to great effect. At one point, he even refers to it as his 'creepy basement'.



* ''WebVideo/RedLetterMedia'': Harry S. Plinkett [[SerialKiller utilizes]] his cellar to great effect. At one point, he even refers to it as his 'creepy basement'.



* ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' has the babies braving the horrors of the basement -- magnified by their super imagination -- several times, usually when searching for Animal.
-->'''Fozzie:''' This place reminds me of the TempleOfDoom.\\
'''Kermit:''' ''gulp'' Um, Fozzie, [[YouJustHadToSayIt did you have to say that]]?



* ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' has the babies braving the horrors of the basement -- magnified by their super imagination -- several times, usually when searching for Animal.
-->'''Fozzie:''' This place reminds me of the TempleOfDoom.\\
'''Kermit:''' ''gulp'' Um, Fozzie, [[YouJustHadToSayIt did you have to say that]]?


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* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'', Ryuko is dropped into the basement of her family's burnt-out house, where she encounters a ClingyMacGuffin in the form of a SailorFuku.



* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'', Ryuko is dropped into the basement of her family's burnt-out house, where she encounters a ClingyMacGuffin in the form of a SailorFuku.



* ''ComicBook/SensationComics'': A horticulturist grows "[[ManEatingPlant octopus plants]]," in his pitch-black basement as the things are killed by sunlight. He feeds victims to them and they develop blooms that mimic their faces. ComicBook/WonderWoman and ComicBook/SteveTrevor rescue the Holliday Girls from the things when they end up trapped in the basement while looking into the suspicious character who owns the place.



* ''ComicBook/SensationComics'': A horticulturist grows "[[ManEatingPlant octopus plants]]," in his pitch-black basement as the things are killed by sunlight. He feeds victims to them and they develop blooms that mimic their faces. ComicBook/WonderWoman and ComicBook/SteveTrevor rescue the Holliday Girls from the things when they end up trapped in the basement while looking into the suspicious character who owns the place.



* One of Riley's fears in ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' is the stairs to the basement.



* One of Riley's fears in ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' is the stairs to the basement.



* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' has a creepy basement with several artifacts, any one of which would set off the chain of events. [[spoiler: There's an even creepier "basement" below that, where the nightmares wait to be chosen, and a ''really'' creepy one way down deep where the Ancient Ones live. We don't get to see it. Fortunately.]]



* In ''Film/DontBreathe'', the protagonists attempt to escape through the Blind Man's creepy basement, which is a twisting maze of cabinets, shelves and benches. It gets even more nightmarish when the Blind Man cuts the power, plunging the basement into total darkness.
* ''Franchise/EvilDead'':
** The cabin basement in [[Film/TheEvilDead1981 the original]]. That's where they find the TomeOfEldritchLore in the first place, that's where they lock up Cheryl when she gets demonically possessed, and that's where Ash gets covered in more blood than you'd believe.
** In [[Film/EvilDead2 the sequel]], we also learn that the possessed corpse of Annie's mother is buried down there, and, in a homage to ''Film/{{Psycho}}'', she refers to it as her "fruit cellar".
* ''Film/Feral2017'': The basement of Talbot's home contains a collection of chemicals, as well as a bed that has attached to it. [[spoiler:This was where he was keeping his infected son while he tried to develop a cure for the [[TitleDrop feral]] [[TheVirus disease]].]]
* ''Film/It2017'': The Denbroughs' cellar is unfinished, [[EvilIsNotWellLit poorly lit]], and scattered with SpookyPhotographs and sculptures. George takes a flashlight and walkie-talkie with him when he has to go down there and still flees as soon as he can; it's implied that [[spoiler:Pennywise is already stalking him]]. After his death, Bill follows a vision of Georgie into the now-flooded basement, only to [[spoiler:narrowly escape Pennywise himself]].
* ''Film/FuneralHome'' has a pretty creepy basement. Apt considering the bed-and-breakfast inn was previously a [[TitleDrop funeral home.]]
* Inverted in ''Film/Ghostbusters1984'': The containment unit is in the firehouse's well-lit basement.
* ''Film/Ghostbusters2016'': The Aldridge Manor's basement, where the AxCrazy Gertrude Aldridge lived and died as a prisoner. Turned UpToEleven in the opening, when the floor breaks apart and glowing green slime bubbles out of the gaping holes.



* ''Film/TheHandThatRocksTheCradle'': Claire is left with this impression of her own basement when she faces off with Peyton. Of course, it's precisely because of that showdown that it comes to feel like a crypt.
* ''Film/HaroldAndKumarEscapeFromGuantanamoBay'': Harold and Kumar, on the run from the law, end up hiding in a [[DeepSouth Texan couple's]] dark, dingy basement. Earlier the couple had been joking about keeping their deformed incest baby locked up in there, which doesn't help. [[spoiler: [[DoubleSubverted Turns out they weren't joking.]]]]
* ''Film/HellHouseLLC'':
** The basement is where the horrible accident that sets the plot in motion happens and throughout the film is easily the creepiest part of the hotel where the worst and most obviously unexplainable things happen. It came complete with strange numbers and occult symbols already written on the walls, lots of Bibles, and is the only room in the hotel where the security cameras do not work.
** In the sequel, ''Film/HellHouseLLCIITheAbaddonHotel'', the basement is the last place anyone wants to go [[spoiler:and has a portal to Hell]].



* In ''[[Film/WomanInBlackAngelOfDeath The Woman In Black: Angel of Death]]'', a number of pivotal scenes take place in the very, very creepy basement of [[OldDarkHouse Eel Marsh House]].
* ''Wes Craven's Film/ThePeopleUnderTheStairs'' has a creepy basement that a child has to enter. The creepiness comes from [[BerthaInTheAttic the pack of starving mutilated people who are locked down there]], sure, but it also comes from the fact that it belongs to a complete psychopath of a landlord whose presence upstairs keeps you inside, making it a horrible trap.
** Ironically, ''The People Under the Stairs'' is a bit of a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] in that the basement is actually the ''safest'' part of that house for the kid, since the {{Basement Dweller}}s mean him no harm - unlike the people upstairs.

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* In ''[[Film/WomanInBlackAngelOfDeath ''Film/{{Housebound}}'': The Woman In Black: Angel of Death]]'', a number of pivotal scenes take place in the very, very creepy basement is full of [[OldDarkHouse Eel Marsh House]].
* ''Wes Craven's Film/ThePeopleUnderTheStairs'' has a creepy
life-size sculptures of saints. Human-shaped looming figures with overtones of bloody death? Thanks, those will cheer this basement that a child has to enter. right up.
* In ''Film/TheHouseByTheCemetery'', main villain lives in titular house's basement.
*
The creepiness comes from [[BerthaInTheAttic the pack of starving mutilated people who are locked down there]], sure, but it also comes from the fact that it belongs to a complete psychopath of a landlord whose presence upstairs keeps you inside, making it a horrible trap.
** Ironically, ''The People Under the Stairs'' is a bit of a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] in
new owners discover that the basement is actually in ''Film/HouseOfOrphans'' was the ''safest'' part torture chamber of that house for the kid, since orphanage.
* The wine cellar of
the {{Basement Dweller}}s mean him no harm - unlike ''Film/HouseOnHauntedHill1959''. To say much more would ruin the people upstairs.surprise.
* The cellar in ''Film/LeftBank'' is badly lit and dilapidated. Cellar 51 is the room where the horror happens.



* Subverted, mostly, in ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'': the cellar turns out to be the one safe place to be, at least [[spoiler:until Karen turns into a zombie]].
* The basement in ''Film/TheOrphanage'' is a pretty creepy one.
* ''Wes Craven's Film/ThePeopleUnderTheStairs'' has a creepy basement that a child has to enter. The creepiness comes from [[BerthaInTheAttic the pack of starving mutilated people who are locked down there]], sure, but it also comes from the fact that it belongs to a complete psychopath of a landlord whose presence upstairs keeps you inside, making it a horrible trap.
** Ironically, ''The People Under the Stairs'' is a bit of a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] in that the basement is actually the ''safest'' part of that house for the kid, since the {{Basement Dweller}}s mean him no harm - unlike the people upstairs.



* ''Franchise/EvilDead'':
** The cabin basement in [[Film/TheEvilDead1981 the original]]. That's where they find the TomeOfEldritchLore in the first place, that's where they lock up Cheryl when she gets demonically possessed, and that's where Ash gets covered in more blood than you'd believe.
** In [[Film/EvilDead2 the sequel]], we also learn that the possessed corpse of Annie's mother is buried down there, and, in a homage to the above ''Film/{{Psycho}}'', she refers to it as her "fruit cellar".
* The wine cellar of the ''Film/HouseOnHauntedHill1959''. To say much more would ruin the surprise.
* Subverted, mostly, in ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'': the cellar turns out to be the one safe place to be, at least [[spoiler:until Karen turns into a zombie]].
* In ''Film/TheHouseByTheCemetery'', main villain lives in titular house's basement.



* ''Film/HaroldAndKumarEscapeFromGuantanamoBay'': Harold and Kumar, on the run from the law, end up hiding in a [[DeepSouth Texan couple's]] dark, dingy basement. Earlier the couple had been joking about keeping their deformed incest baby locked up in there, which doesn't help. [[spoiler: [[DoubleSubverted Turns out they weren't joking.]]]]



* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' has a creepy basement with several artifacts, any one of which would set off the chain of events. [[spoiler: There's an even creepier "basement" below that, where the nightmares wait to be chosen, and a ''really'' creepy one way down deep where the Ancient Ones live. We don't get to see it. Fortunately.]]
* The basement in ''Film/TheOrphanage'' is a pretty creepy one.

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* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' has ''Film/SummerOf84'': One of the most tense scenes of the movie is when three characters decide to check their neighbor's house when he's away to see once and for all if he's a creepy SerialKiller. The dark basement with several artifacts, any one full of which would set off the chain of events. [[spoiler: There's an even creepier "basement" below that, where the nightmares wait to be chosen, and a ''really'' broken furniture is creepy one way down deep where enough but then they get behind the Ancient Ones live. We don't get to see it. Fortunately.locked door: a recreation of a '50s boy's bedroom, [[spoiler:pictures of a victim, and ''a decomposing body in the bathtub''.]]
* ''Film/TheVoid'': The characters descend into the basement of the hospital to rescue someone when an entire sub-level just appears before them, filled with monsters and leading to a portal to another dimension. This basement level itself is not even "real" exactly and disappears at the end.
* In ''[[Film/WomanInBlackAngelOfDeath The Woman In Black: Angel of Death]]'', a number of pivotal scenes take place
in ''Film/TheOrphanage'' is a pretty the very, very creepy one.basement of [[OldDarkHouse Eel Marsh House]].



* ''Film/FuneralHome'' has a pretty creepy basement. Apt considering the bed-and-breakfast inn was previously a [[TitleDrop funeral home.]]
* The cellar in ''Film/LeftBank'' is badly lit and dilapidated. Cellar 51 is the room where the horror happens.
* ''Film/TheHandThatRocksTheCradle'': Claire is left with this impression of her own basement when she faces off with Peyton. Of course, it's precisely because of that showdown that it comes to feel like a crypt.
* ''Film/{{Housebound}}'': The basement is full of life-size sculptures of saints. Human-shaped looming figures with overtones of bloody death? Thanks, those will cheer this basement right up.
* ''Film/TheVoid'': The characters descend into the basement of the hospital to rescue someone when an entire sub-level just appears before them, filled with monsters and leading to a portal to another dimension. This basement level itself is not even "real" exactly and disappears at the end.
* ''Film/HellHouseLLC'':
** The basement is where the horrible accident that sets the plot in motion happens and throughout the film is easily the creepiest part of the hotel where the worst and most obviously unexplainable things happen. It came complete with strange numbers and occult symbols already written on the walls, lots of Bibles, and is the only room in the hotel where the security cameras do not work.
** In the sequel, ''Film/HellHouseLLCIITheAbaddonHotel'', the basement is the last place anyone wants to go [[spoiler:and has a portal to Hell]].
* The new owners discover that the basement in ''Film/HouseOfOrphans'' was the torture chamber of the orphanage.
* ''Film/SummerOf84'': One of the most tense scenes of the movie is when three characters decide to check their neighbor's house when he's away to see once and for all if he's a SerialKiller. The dark basement full of broken furniture is creepy enough but then they get behind the locked door: a recreation of a '50s boy's bedroom, [[spoiler:pictures of a victim, and ''a decomposing body in the bathtub''.]]
* ''Film/It2017'': The Denbroughs' cellar is unfinished, [[EvilIsNotWellLit poorly lit]], and scattered with SpookyPhotographs and sculptures. George takes a flashlight and walkie-talkie with him when he has to go down there and still flees as soon as he can; it's implied that [[spoiler:Pennywise is already stalking him]]. After his death, Bill follows a vision of Georgie into the now-flooded basement, only to [[spoiler:narrowly escape Pennywise himself]].
* ''Film/Feral2017'': The basement of Talbot's home contains a collection of chemicals, as well as a bed that has attached to it. [[spoiler:This was where he was keeping his infected son while he tried to develop a cure for the [[TitleDrop feral]] [[TheVirus disease]].]]
* Inverted in ''Film/Ghostbusters1984'': The containment unit is in the firehouse's well-lit basement.
* ''Film/Ghostbusters2016'': The Aldridge Manor's basement, where the AxCrazy Gertrude Aldridge lived and died as a prisoner. Turned UpToEleven in the opening, when the floor breaks apart and glowing green slime bubbles out of the gaping holes.


* The song "Don't Go In the Basement" (performed by Music/OingoBoingo!) from the animated short ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOptGLEOsJ8 Face Like a Frog]].'' A BigLippedAlligatorMoment in a cartoon that's nothing but.

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* The song "Don't Go In the Basement" (performed by Music/OingoBoingo!) from the animated short ''[[https://www."[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOptGLEOsJ8 Face Like a Frog]].com/watch?v=N0Z6SOlWbds Don't Go In the Basement]]" (performed by Music/OingoBoingo!) from the animated short ''WesternAnimation/FaceLikeAFrog.'' A BigLippedAlligatorMoment in a cartoon that's nothing but.


Perhaps it's the fact that most basements are built into the ground, or how the dank, sparsely furnished ones seem horribly reminiscent of some kind of tomb or prison. And [[ParanoiaFuel those spiders that like to hang out in the cracks and corners]] [[NightmareFuel spinning their sticky transparent webs]] probably don't help much.

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Perhaps it's the fact that most basements are built into the ground, or how the dank, sparsely furnished ones seem horribly reminiscent of some kind of tomb or prison. And [[ParanoiaFuel [[SpidersAreScary those spiders that like to hang out in the cracks and corners]] [[NightmareFuel [[CobwebsOfDisuse spinning their sticky transparent webs]] probably don't help much.


It should be noted that for a lot of people, this trope is TruthInTelevision. However, nothing impedes a houseowner from {{avert|edTrope}}ing the trope entirely by making the basement a clean, well-lit and light-hued living area, even with ground-level windows for natural illumination- and filled with cool stuff, from [=TVs=] to bars to pinball tables. Many bedrooms are done that way, in fact.

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It should be noted that for a lot of people, this trope is TruthInTelevision. However, nothing impedes a houseowner house owner from {{avert|edTrope}}ing the trope entirely by making the basement a clean, well-lit and light-hued living area, even with ground-level windows for natural illumination- and filled with cool stuff, from [=TVs=] to bars to pinball tables. Many bedrooms are done that way, in fact.



* ''ComicBook/SensationComics'': A horticulturist grows "[[ManEatingPlant octopus plants]]," in his pitch black basement as the things are killed by sunlight. He feeds victims to them and they develop blooms that mimic their faces. ComicBook/WonderWoman and ComicBook/SteveTrevor rescue the Holliday Girls from the things when they end up trapped in the basement while looking into the suspicious character who owns the place.

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* ''ComicBook/SensationComics'': A horticulturist grows "[[ManEatingPlant octopus plants]]," in his pitch black pitch-black basement as the things are killed by sunlight. He feeds victims to them and they develop blooms that mimic their faces. ComicBook/WonderWoman and ComicBook/SteveTrevor rescue the Holliday Girls from the things when they end up trapped in the basement while looking into the suspicious character who owns the place.



* There's one in ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm.'' The fact that it's in the basement of one of HYDRA's bases is creepy enough. The fact that Gravemoss uses it as a lair/laboratory makes it a lot more so. Very few of the minions who are unlucky enough to get sent in come back out - and those who do are very rarely the same shape as when they went in.

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* There's one in ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm.'' The fact that it's in the basement of one of HYDRA's bases is creepy enough. The fact that Gravemoss uses it as a lair/laboratory makes it a lot more so. Very few of the minions who are unlucky enough to get sent in come back out - and those who do are very rarely in the same shape as when they went in.



* In the first ''Film/HomeAlone'', Kevin was scared of going into the basement because of a furnace that he imagines opens its grate and talks to him. He later gets the courage to tell the thing to "Shut up!" and comes to the conclusion that its not so scary as he had originally thought. He ultimately incorporates the basement into the final battle, and sets up several traps in there which Marv triggers.

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* In the first ''Film/HomeAlone'', Kevin was scared of going into the basement because of a furnace that he imagines opens its grate and talks to him. He later gets the courage to tell the thing to "Shut up!" and comes to the conclusion that its it's not so scary as he had originally thought. He ultimately incorporates the basement into the final battle, battle and sets up several traps in there which Marv triggers.



* In ''Film/{{Zodiac}}'', Robert Graysmith visits a suspect for an interview. During his visit, he notices the man has a basement, just like how the Zodiac Killer was described to have. His [[OhCrap realization]] that he might be [[AloneWithThePsycho Alone with the Zodiac Killer]] makes the scene an extremely creepy one, even if [[NothingIsScarier nothing comes out of it]].

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* In ''Film/{{Zodiac}}'', Robert Graysmith visits a suspect for an interview. During his visit, he notices the man has a basement, just like how the Zodiac Killer was described to have. His [[OhCrap realization]] that he might be [[AloneWithThePsycho Alone alone with the Zodiac Killer]] makes the scene an extremely creepy one, even if [[NothingIsScarier nothing comes out of it]].



* ''Film/TheVoid'': The characters descend into the basement of the hospital to rescue someone when an entire sub-level just appears before them, filled with monsters and leading to a portal to another dimension. This basement level itself is not even "real" exactly, and disappears at the end.

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* ''Film/TheVoid'': The characters descend into the basement of the hospital to rescue someone when an entire sub-level just appears before them, filled with monsters and leading to a portal to another dimension. This basement level itself is not even "real" exactly, exactly and disappears at the end.



** The basement is where the horrible accident that sets the plot in motion happens and throughout the film is easily the creepiest part of the hotel where the worst and most obviously unexplainable things happen. It came complete with strange numbers and occult symbols already written on the walls, lots of Bibles and is the only room in the hotel where the security cameras do not work.

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** The basement is where the horrible accident that sets the plot in motion happens and throughout the film is easily the creepiest part of the hotel where the worst and most obviously unexplainable things happen. It came complete with strange numbers and occult symbols already written on the walls, lots of Bibles Bibles, and is the only room in the hotel where the security cameras do not work.



* ''Film/SummerOf84'': One of the most tense scene of the movie is when three characters decide to check their neighbor's house when he's away to see once and for all if he's a SerialKiller. The dark basement full of broken furniture is creepy enough but then they get behind the locked door: a recreation of a 50's boy's bedroom, [[spoiler:pictures of a victim, and ''a decomposing body in the bathtub''.]]

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* ''Film/SummerOf84'': One of the most tense scene scenes of the movie is when three characters decide to check their neighbor's house when he's away to see once and for all if he's a SerialKiller. The dark basement full of broken furniture is creepy enough but then they get behind the locked door: a recreation of a 50's '50s boy's bedroom, [[spoiler:pictures of a victim, and ''a decomposing body in the bathtub''.]]



** The episode called "The Tale Of The Dark Music" was mainly focused on a boy named Andy who moved into a new house, and it had a basement which scared him, but he had to go down there anyway to do laundry and like. While down there, he discovered that playing music would wake up a demon which lived in the cellar for a long time. He fed the local neighborhood bully to the demon and it told Andy that it would give him anything his heart desired. All he had to do was, in the demon's own words, "Feed me..."

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** The episode called "The Tale Of The Dark Music" was mainly focused on a boy named Andy who moved into a new house, and it had a basement which scared him, but he had to go down there anyway to do laundry and like. While down there, he discovered that playing music would wake up a demon which that lived in the cellar for a long time. He fed the local neighborhood bully to the demon and it told Andy that it would give him anything his heart desired. All he had to do was, in the demon's own words, "Feed me..."



** When Phoebe is revealed to have a fear of the basement, it turns out she had a good reason, because there really was a {{Woogy}} in the house.

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** When Phoebe is revealed to have a fear of the basement, it turns out she had a good reason, reason because there really was a {{Woogy}} in the house.



* In ''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives'' Martin, one of the archivist's assistants, goes to investigate a house to follow up a statement about an alleged supernatural encounter, and ends up in a dark basement. It doesn't go well. He seemingly gets out safely, but his problems are only just beginning.

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* In ''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives'' Martin, one of the archivist's assistants, goes to investigate a house to follow up a statement about an alleged supernatural encounter, encounter and ends up in a dark basement. It doesn't go well. He seemingly gets out safely, but his problems are only just beginning.



* A classic horror story set in Southeast Asia (implied to be Malaysia or Singapore) had a field day playing around with this trope. The story revolves around two siblings from a rural town, whose grandfather repeatedly forbids them from venturing into their house's poorly-lit basement. The siblings, refusing to believe their grandpa, venture into the basement anyway, only to find various empty boxes, dusty cupboards and broken shelves... until one of them finds a spherical, rusty, metal object they cannot identify. They end up calling their dad over to investigate, at which point the dad immediately informs the police to bring along a bomb disposal team - turns out the metal object is an old, [=WW2=]-era unexploded ordinance, left behind during the Japanese occupation. The kicker though? When the siblings tried getting their grandpa to convince him there's nothing in the basement, the dad replies with this WhamLine:

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* A classic horror story set in Southeast Asia (implied to be Malaysia or Singapore) had a field day playing around with this trope. The story revolves around two siblings from a rural town, whose grandfather repeatedly forbids them from venturing into their house's poorly-lit basement. The siblings, refusing to believe their grandpa, venture into the basement anyway, only to find various empty boxes, dusty cupboards cupboards, and broken shelves... until one of them finds a spherical, rusty, metal object they cannot identify. They end up calling their dad over to investigate, at which point the dad immediately informs the police to bring along a bomb disposal team - turns out the metal object is an old, [=WW2=]-era unexploded ordinance, ordnance, left behind during the Japanese occupation. The kicker though? When the siblings tried getting their grandpa to convince him there's nothing in the basement, the dad replies with this WhamLine:



* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. [[BodyHorror The Church's]] [[AndIMustScream Basement]], where [[spoiler: the other children who survived the Fuyuki Fire are kept [[FateWorseThanDeath as basically]] [[PoweredByAForsakenChild Gilgamesh's life/mana sources]].]] To make it worse, if the player choose not to see the BodyHorror, it's a GameOver. Goddamnit, game.
* The [[spoiler:Confinement Room]] in ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' may qualify as this. It is on the lower deck of the ship, and is definitely dark.

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* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. [[BodyHorror The Church's]] [[AndIMustScream Basement]], where [[spoiler: the other children who survived the Fuyuki Fire are kept [[FateWorseThanDeath as basically]] [[PoweredByAForsakenChild Gilgamesh's life/mana sources]].]] To make it worse, if the player choose chooses not to see the BodyHorror, it's a GameOver. Goddamnit, game.
* The [[spoiler:Confinement Room]] in ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' may qualify as this. It is on the lower deck of the ship, ship and is definitely dark.



* ''VideoGame/HauntingStarringPolterguy'': The underworld is presumably set beneath the Sardini house and has many spooky things in them like skulls, coffins, bats, pits and arms reaching for you.

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* ''VideoGame/HauntingStarringPolterguy'': The underworld is presumably set beneath the Sardini house and has many spooky things in them like skulls, coffins, bats, pits pits, and arms reaching for you.



* ''Webcomic/TheNoordegraafFiles'' has the sub - basement under Theo and Lars' office building. Lars pokes fun at Theo for being scared - until an noise makes him jump. It turns out to be [[spoiler:a girl snooping around, who kicks off the whole plotline.]]

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* ''Webcomic/TheNoordegraafFiles'' has the sub - basement under Theo and Lars' office building. Lars pokes fun at Theo for being scared - until an a noise makes him jump. It turns out to be [[spoiler:a girl snooping around, who kicks off the whole plotline.]]



** The Kankers hang out in the basement instead of going to classes for the most part when they are at school. They even decorated it to their liking in graffiti and various other knickknacks. Naturally, the other kids try to steer clear of it, especially the Ed's who the Kankers all have massive crushes on. And of course, Eddy has to ask, "What did they do with the janitor?" {{Squick}}.

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** The Kankers hang out in the basement instead of going to classes for the most part when they are at school. They even decorated it to their liking in graffiti and various other knickknacks. Naturally, the other kids try to steer clear of it, especially the Ed's Eds who the Kankers all have massive crushes on. And of course, Eddy has to ask, "What did they do with the janitor?" {{Squick}}.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheTrapDoor'': The series is built almost entirely around this trope, with the Trap Door of the title being the only thing protecting the inhabitants of the castle from all sorts of creepy and ghastly things which lie below it in the depths of the castle's basement and dungeons. Naturally, OnceAnEpisode, something escapes.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTrapDoor'': The series is built almost entirely around this trope, with the Trap Door of the title being the only thing protecting the inhabitants of the castle from all sorts of creepy and ghastly things which that lie below it in the depths of the castle's basement and dungeons. Naturally, OnceAnEpisode, something escapes.



* UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} has the basement of the abandoned Pripyat hospital. It's got creepy down pat, being in an AbandonedHospital, and there really ''is'' something dangerous down there. The threat? It's EmptyPilesOfClothing... that were worn by the first responders to the reactor explosion, and are still incredibly radioactive, to the point that the basement is the most radioactive spot in the city ''outside of the reactor plant itself''. Just going down into the basement without proper protective gear can make your cancer risk ''skyrocket''. When your guide says don't go into the basement, ''he means it''.[[note]]For reference, [[https://youtu.be/TRL7o2kPqw0?t=510 here is a video]] made in 2014 showing how radioactive the piles of clothing still are.[[/note]]
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* UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} has the basement of the abandoned Pripyat hospital. It's got creepy down pat, being in an AbandonedHospital, and there really ''is'' something dangerous down there. The threat? It's EmptyPilesOfClothing... that were worn by the first responders to the reactor explosion, and are still incredibly radioactive, to the point that the basement is the most radioactive spot in the city ''outside of the reactor plant itself''. Just going down into the basement without proper protective gear can make your cancer risk ''skyrocket''. When your guide says don't go into the basement, ''he '''''he means it''.it'''''.[[note]]For reference, [[https://youtu.be/TRL7o2kPqw0?t=510 here is a video]] made in 2014 showing how radioactive the piles of clothing still are.[[/note]]
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It should be noted that for a lot of people, this trope is TruthInTelevision. Although, nothing impedes a houseowner from {{avert|edTrope}}ing the trope entirely by making the basement a clean, well-lit and light-hued living area, even with ground-level windows for natural illumination- and filled with cool stuff, from [=TVs=] to bars to pinball tables. Many bedrooms are done that way, in fact.

See also TortureCellar. If there's a monster locked down there, see MadwomanInTheAttic or RoomFullOfZombies. But there is no inherent connection between this trope and the BasementDweller; although it's possible for a BasementDweller to be creepy (especially if he's a PsychopathicManchild or [[CreepyUncle someone's uncle]]), there are many {{Basement Dweller}}s who are as pleasant as you could ask for, and in general, the non-creepy characters live in a non-creepy basement.
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It should be noted that for a lot of people, this trope is TruthInTelevision. Although, However, nothing impedes a houseowner from {{avert|edTrope}}ing the trope entirely by making the basement a clean, well-lit and light-hued living area, even with ground-level windows for natural illumination- and filled with cool stuff, from [=TVs=] to bars to pinball tables. Many bedrooms are done that way, in fact.

See also TortureCellar. If there's a monster locked down there, see MadwomanInTheAttic or RoomFullOfZombies. But there is no inherent connection between this trope and the BasementDweller; although it's possible for a BasementDweller to be creepy (especially if he's a PsychopathicManchild or [[CreepyUncle someone's uncle]]), there are many {{Basement Dweller}}s who are as pleasant as you could ask for, wish, and in general, the non-creepy characters live in a non-creepy basement.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', Randall keeps a terrible machine called the "Scream Extractor" in the company's basement, complete with steel and metal surroundings and pipes that release steam every so often. (He frequently spends a lot of his time down there as well).

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', Randall keeps a terrible machine called the "Scream Extractor" in the company's basement, complete with steel and metal surroundings and pipes that release steam every so often. (He frequently spends a lot of his time down there as well).well.)



* ''Film/TheGoonies'' featured a grotesque GentleGiant named Sloth held in the basement of an abandoned restaurant where the bad guys were staying.
* In the first ''Film/HomeAlone'', Kevin was scared of going into the basement because of a furnace that he imagines opens its grate and talks to him. He later gets the courage to tell the thing to "Shut up!" and comes to the conclusion that its not so scary as he had originally thought. He ultimately incorporates the basement into the final battle, and sets up several traps in there that Marv walks into.

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* ''Film/TheGoonies'' featured features a grotesque GentleGiant named Sloth held in the basement of an abandoned restaurant where the bad guys were are staying.
* In the first ''Film/HomeAlone'', Kevin was scared of going into the basement because of a furnace that he imagines opens its grate and talks to him. He later gets the courage to tell the thing to "Shut up!" and comes to the conclusion that its not so scary as he had originally thought. He ultimately incorporates the basement into the final battle, and sets up several traps in there that which Marv walks into.triggers.



* ''Wes Craven's Film/ThePeopleUnderTheStairs'' has a creepy basement that a child has to enter. The creepiness comes from [[BerthaInTheAttic the pack of starving mutilated people who are locked down there]], sure, but it also comes from the fact that it belongs to a complete psychopath of a landlord whose presence upstairs traps you in, making it a horrible trap.
** ''The People Under the Stairs'' is a bit of a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] in that the basement is actually the ''safest'' part of that house for the kid to be in.

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* ''Wes Craven's Film/ThePeopleUnderTheStairs'' has a creepy basement that a child has to enter. The creepiness comes from [[BerthaInTheAttic the pack of starving mutilated people who are locked down there]], sure, but it also comes from the fact that it belongs to a complete psychopath of a landlord whose presence upstairs traps keeps you in, inside, making it a horrible trap.
** Ironically, ''The People Under the Stairs'' is a bit of a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] in that the basement is actually the ''safest'' part of that house for the kid to be in.kid, since the {{Basement Dweller}}s mean him no harm - unlike the people upstairs.



* In the film ''Film/ReAnimator'' (loosely based on the Lovecraft novella ''Literature/HerbertWestReanimator''), when Herbert West is looking to rent a room, one of his first questions is "Does this house have...a basement?"

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* In the film ''Film/ReAnimator'' (loosely based on the Lovecraft novella ''Literature/HerbertWestReanimator''), when Herbert West is looking to rent a room, one of his first questions is "Does this house have... a basement?"



* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{IT}}'', little Georgie Denbrough hates going down to the cellar. He should have been more worried about the drains ...

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* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{IT}}'', little Georgie Denbrough hates going down to the cellar. He should have been more worried about the drains ...drains...



* Peter Crowther's "Ghosts with Teeth" climaxes with the protagonist being escorted down to the basement of his own home, which has become much creepier since he was last in it. [[spoiler: It now contains the horribly-mutilated corpses of his wife and several friends, to begin with.]]

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* Peter Crowther's "Ghosts with Teeth" climaxes with the protagonist being escorted down to the basement of his own home, which has become much creepier since he was last in it. [[spoiler: It now contains the horribly-mutilated corpses of his wife and several friends, to begin with.for starters.]]



* Creator/BillBryson has one article contained in ''Notes from a Big Country'' (also published as ''I'm a Stranger Here Myself'') where he muses on the inherent creepiness of American basements. He elaborates that occasionally some enterprising parent will try to do their basement up nicely with lights and games and the children will ''still'' be too terrified to go down there.

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* Creator/BillBryson has one article contained in ''Notes from a Big Country'' (also published as ''I'm a Stranger Here Myself'') where he muses on the inherent creepiness of American basements. He elaborates that occasionally some enterprising parent will try to do their basement up nicely with lights and games games, and the children will ''still'' be too terrified to go down there.



** The episode called "The Tale Of The Dark Music" was mainly focused on a boy named Andy who moved into a new house and it had a basement that he was scared to go into but he had to anyway to do laundry and like. While down there he discovered that playing music would wake up a demon that lived in the cellar for a long time. He fed the local neighborhood bully to the demon and it told Andy that it would give him anything his heart desired. All he had to do was, in the demon's own words, "Feed me..."

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** The episode called "The Tale Of The Dark Music" was mainly focused on a boy named Andy who moved into a new house house, and it had a basement that he was which scared to go into him, but he had to go down there anyway to do laundry and like. While down there there, he discovered that playing music would wake up a demon that which lived in the cellar for a long time. He fed the local neighborhood bully to the demon and it told Andy that it would give him anything his heart desired. All he had to do was, in the demon's own words, "Feed me..."



** "The Tale Of The Night Shift", had a basement in a hospital in which loads of nurses, doctors, and patients were attacked by a vampire. The vampire villain of the episode kept his coffin down there because he figured people were too scared to go down there and destroy it.

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** "The Tale Of The Night Shift", Shift" had a basement in a hospital in which loads of nurses, doctors, and patients were attacked by a vampire. The vampire villain of the episode kept his coffin down there because he figured people were too scared to go down there and destroy it.



** Chris gets infected by demonic spider venom; as he transforms into a spider, he resides in the basement, transforming it into a webby layer.

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** Chris gets infected by demonic spider venom; as he transforms into a spider, he resides in the basement, transforming it into a webby layer.lair.



** Not to mention when Randy moved to the basement, OH can't explain it.



*** A later episode has him turn the basement into a third bedroom so none of the boys have to share anymore; Randy gets to be the one to stay down there, but he's unsettled by a lot of the noises he hears in the night.



* In one episode of ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'', Kimberly is kidnapped when she and Arnold hitch a ride. Her father and the police eventually rescue her when they figure out that her kidnapper has her down in the basement of the building where he rents an apartment, which he uses for a photography darkroom. The basement itself is a mild subversion, as it seems to be a nice enough room, but what the kidnapper is planning to do with her (and has possibly done to other girls) in the space renders it ominous.



* A classic horror story set in South-East Asia (implied to be Malaysia or Singapore) had a field day playing around with this trope. The story revolves around two siblings from a rural town, whose grandfather repeatedly forbids them from venturing into their house's poorly-lit basement. The siblings, refusing to believe in their grandpa, ventures into the basement anyway, only to find various empty boxes, dusty cupboards and broken shelves... until one of them finds a spherical, rusty, metal object they cannot identify. They end up calling their dad over to investigate, at which point the dad immediately informs the police to bring along a bomb disposal team - turns out the metal object is an old, [=WW2=]-era unexploded ordinance, left behind during the Japanese occupation. The kicker though? When the siblings tried getting their grandpa to convince him there's nothing in the basement, the dad replies with this WhamLine:

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* A classic horror story set in South-East Southeast Asia (implied to be Malaysia or Singapore) had a field day playing around with this trope. The story revolves around two siblings from a rural town, whose grandfather repeatedly forbids them from venturing into their house's poorly-lit basement. The siblings, refusing to believe in their grandpa, ventures venture into the basement anyway, only to find various empty boxes, dusty cupboards and broken shelves... until one of them finds a spherical, rusty, metal object they cannot identify. They end up calling their dad over to investigate, at which point the dad immediately informs the police to bring along a bomb disposal team - turns out the metal object is an old, [=WW2=]-era unexploded ordinance, left behind during the Japanese occupation. The kicker though? When the siblings tried getting their grandpa to convince him there's nothing in the basement, the dad replies with this WhamLine:



** Undead shamble through basements adjacent to catombs, and if the living dead aren't creepy enough, the first encounter with the mechanical babies is in a cellar boiler room.

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** Undead shamble through basements adjacent to catombs, catacombs, and if the living dead aren't creepy enough, the first encounter with the mechanical babies is in a cellar boiler room.



* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' has an unusual one. When Hawke goes to take back their family's ancestral home, they do so by entering the basement using their mother's old key. The basement itself is relatively normal, but the creepy factor is ratcheted up by the presence of a gang of murderous ''slave traders'' - some of whom use deadly magic.



* ''UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}}'' has the basement of the abandoned Pripyat hospital. It's got creepy down pat, being in an AbandonedHospital, and there really ''is'' something dangerous down there. The threat? It's EmptyPilesOfClothing... that were worn by the first responders to the reactor explosion, and are still incredibly radioactive, to the point that the basement is the most radioactive spot in the city ''outside of the reactor plant itself''. Just going down into the basement without proper protective gear can make your cancer risk ''skyrocket''. When your guide says don't go into the basement, ''he means it''.[[note]]For reference, [[https://youtu.be/TRL7o2kPqw0?t=510 here is a video]] made in 2014 showing how radioactive the piles of clothing still are.[[/note]]
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* ''UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}}'' UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} has the basement of the abandoned Pripyat hospital. It's got creepy down pat, being in an AbandonedHospital, and there really ''is'' something dangerous down there. The threat? It's EmptyPilesOfClothing... that were worn by the first responders to the reactor explosion, and are still incredibly radioactive, to the point that the basement is the most radioactive spot in the city ''outside of the reactor plant itself''. Just going down into the basement without proper protective gear can make your cancer risk ''skyrocket''. When your guide says don't go into the basement, ''he means it''.[[note]]For reference, [[https://youtu.be/TRL7o2kPqw0?t=510 here is a video]] made in 2014 showing how radioactive the piles of clothing still are.[[/note]]
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* Inverted in ''Film/Ghostbusters1984'': The containment unit is in the firehouse's well-lit basement.
* ''Film/Ghostbusters2016'': The Aldridge Manor's basement, where the AxCrazy Gertrude Aldridge lived and died as a prisoner. Turned UpToEleven in the opening, when the floor breaks apart and glowing green slime bubbles out of the gaping holes.

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* Creator/BillBryson has one article contained in ''Notes from a Big Country'' (also published as ''I'm a Stranger Here Myself'') where he muses on the inherent creepiness of American basements. He elaborates that occasionally some enterprising parent will try to do their basement up nicely with lights and games and the children will ''still'' be too terrified to go down there.

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* ''Film/TheConjuring'': The Perron family having just moved in discovers their sealed-off basement. While not explicitly the source of the haunting, it does play host to a lot of spirits and activity. [[spoiler:The finale takes place in the basement where the Warrens attempt to exorcise Bathsheba from her host, Carolyn Perron.]]


* A classic horror story set in South-East Asia (implied to be Malaysia or Singapore) had a field day playing around with this trope. The story revolves around two siblings who lives in a rural town, whose grandfather repeatedly forbids them from venturing into their house's poorly-lit basement. The siblings, refusing to believe in their grandpa, ventures into the basement anyway, only to find various empty boxes, dusty cupboards and broken shelves... until one of them finds a spherical, metallic object. They end up calling their dad over to investigate, at which point the dad immediately informs the police to bring along a bomb disposal team - turns out the metal object is an old, [=WW2=]-era unexploded ordinance, left behind during the Japanese occupation. The kicker though? When the siblings tried getting their grandpa to convince him there's nothing in the basement, the dad replies with this WhamLine:

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* A classic horror story set in South-East Asia (implied to be Malaysia or Singapore) had a field day playing around with this trope. The story revolves around two siblings who lives in from a rural town, whose grandfather repeatedly forbids them from venturing into their house's poorly-lit basement. The siblings, refusing to believe in their grandpa, ventures into the basement anyway, only to find various empty boxes, dusty cupboards and broken shelves... until one of them finds a spherical, metallic object.rusty, metal object they cannot identify. They end up calling their dad over to investigate, at which point the dad immediately informs the police to bring along a bomb disposal team - turns out the metal object is an old, [=WW2=]-era unexploded ordinance, left behind during the Japanese occupation. The kicker though? When the siblings tried getting their grandpa to convince him there's nothing in the basement, the dad replies with this WhamLine:


* A classic horror story set in South-East Asia (implied to be Malaysia or Singapore) had a field day playing around with this trope. The story revolves around two siblings who lives in a rural town, whose grandfather repeatedly forbids them from venturing into their house's poorly-lit basement. The siblings, refusing to believe in their grandpa, ventures into the basement anyway, only to find various empty boxes, dusty cupboards and broken shelves... until one of them finds a spherical, metallic object. They end up calling their dad over to investigate, at which point the dad immediately informs the police to bring along a bomb disposal team - turns out the metal object is an old, WW2-era unexploded ordinance, left behind during the Japanese occupation. The kicker though? When the siblings tried getting their grandpa to convince him there's nothing in the basement, the dad replies with this WhamLine:

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* A classic horror story set in South-East Asia (implied to be Malaysia or Singapore) had a field day playing around with this trope. The story revolves around two siblings who lives in a rural town, whose grandfather repeatedly forbids them from venturing into their house's poorly-lit basement. The siblings, refusing to believe in their grandpa, ventures into the basement anyway, only to find various empty boxes, dusty cupboards and broken shelves... until one of them finds a spherical, metallic object. They end up calling their dad over to investigate, at which point the dad immediately informs the police to bring along a bomb disposal team - turns out the metal object is an old, WW2-era [=WW2=]-era unexploded ordinance, left behind during the Japanese occupation. The kicker though? When the siblings tried getting their grandpa to convince him there's nothing in the basement, the dad replies with this WhamLine:

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* A classic horror story set in South-East Asia (implied to be Malaysia or Singapore) had a field day playing around with this trope. The story revolves around two siblings who lives in a rural town, whose grandfather repeatedly forbids them from venturing into their house's poorly-lit basement. The siblings, refusing to believe in their grandpa, ventures into the basement anyway, only to find various empty boxes, dusty cupboards and broken shelves... until one of them finds a spherical, metallic object. They end up calling their dad over to investigate, at which point the dad immediately informs the police to bring along a bomb disposal team - turns out the metal object is an old, WW2-era unexploded ordinance, left behind during the Japanese occupation. The kicker though? When the siblings tried getting their grandpa to convince him there's nothing in the basement, the dad replies with this WhamLine:
--> "What are you kids talking about? [[spoiler: [[TomatoSurprise Your grandpa died years ago before you were born]]!]]"
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* England's basement in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' ''definitely'' qualifies as this.

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* %%* England's basement in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' ''Webcomic/HetaliaAxisPowers'' ''definitely'' qualifies as this.



* There's one in ''FanFic/ChildOfTheStorm.'' The fact that it's in the basement of one of HYDRA's bases is creepy enough. The fact that Gravemoss uses it as a lair/laboratory makes it a lot more so. Very few of the minions who are unlucky enough to get sent in come back out - and those who do are very rarely the same shape as when they went in.

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* There's one in ''FanFic/ChildOfTheStorm.''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm.'' The fact that it's in the basement of one of HYDRA's bases is creepy enough. The fact that Gravemoss uses it as a lair/laboratory makes it a lot more so. Very few of the minions who are unlucky enough to get sent in come back out - and those who do are very rarely the same shape as when they went in.


* ''VideoGame/FreeIcecream'': The game starts with the [[PlayerCharacter little girl]] tied up in the killer's basement.



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* ''WebGame/FreeIcecream'': The game starts with the [[PlayerCharacter little girl]] tied up in the killer's basement.
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