Have you been slow to start the daunting chore of spring cleaning? Here’s some advice – start from the bottom up. Yes, that means start with the basement. We know, the basement is a scary place. Dark, dank and filled with mysteriously accumulated junk that you don’t want to look at. But if you keep putting it off, it will only get worse down there. It’s time to face your fears! To help, we’ve compiled a list that will make you thankful for your messy basement. Here are 4 infamous basements that will make your own A LOT less scary:
4. The booby-trapped basement from Home Alone (1990)
The basement of the booby-trapped McAllister house is one place you should be happy you don’t have to set foot in, let alone clean. While in this basement, the “Wet Bandits” Marv and Harry are injured by deliberately iced stairs and a strategically placed steam iron attached to a rope. While watching Marv & Harry navigate the rigged-up basement may be entertaining slapstick comedy, experts say that the injuries they sustained would be critical in real life. You’re pretty lucky your basement has not been booby-trapped by Kevin McAllister.
3. The basement from The Money Pit (1986)
No matter how messy your basement is, we’re sure it’s not as bad as the basement from The Money Pit. During a home renovation gone horribly wrong, Walter Fielding (Tom Hanks) and Anna Crowley (Shelley Long) struggle to make repairs inside their house, including the disaster left in their basement by the collapse of almost the entire first floor. Cleaning your basement might be an unlucky job, but at least your luck isn’t nearly as bad as Walter’s and Anna’s.
2. The cellar from Arachnophobia (1990)
Aren’t you glad you don’t have to clean Dr. Ross Jennings’ wine cellar? It’s infested with killer spiders from Venezuela. If you don’t want to remember that edge-of-your-seat scene when Dr. Jennings (Jeff Daniels) and exterminator Delbert McClintock (John Goodman) venture to the basement for a final battle against the enormous, lethal arachnids, then definitely do not watch this. Clean your basement instead.
1. Buffalo Bill’s basement from Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The Silence of the Lambs – the third movie in Academy Awards history to win all top five categories: Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Writing – is one of the eeriest movies of all time. Who could forget the climactic scene when Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) stumbles into Buffalo Bill’s pitch black basement and is watched through the perspective of the serial killer’s nightvision goggles? Thankfully you will never have to step foot in this cellar, and thankfully Buffalo Bill and his basement are fiction.