Can Horror Movies With Terrifying Basements Teach Important Construction Concepts?

You don’t usually think of horror movies as being “movies with a moral.” Even if you do, that moral typically has to do with humanity as a whole; many horror movies deal with the “horrors of humanity” or humanity’s struggles with morality. You probably don’t think about horror movies as having construction concepts that they can teach. In this list of the scariest basements in movies and TV, however, you can find a number of movies that also remind you of important construction concepts.

The Exorcist: Clean Your Basement Out Regularly

Cleaning out your basement is an important concept, and it’s one that The Exorcist ironically brings to light. This is because the start of all the horrifying events of The Exorcist is a single Ouija board that the main character Regan finds in the basement. If the homeowners had made the choice to clean their basement out, as you should, they could have thrown this Ouija board out, and none of the movie’s terrifying events would have ever taken place.

The Amityville Horror: Do Your Own Inspection

The fact that the people behind The Amityville Horror continue to insist that the book and movie are based on a true story makes the movie’s construction-based moral even more spooky. One of the scariest parts of The Amityville Horror is the fact that many things continue to pop up in the home that weren’t on the initial plans, like a tiny hidden room in the basement. This can remind you to look through a home on your own time before you purchase it.

Get Out: Everything Is Not Always As It Seems

The horror of Get Out stems from the concept that everything is not always as it seems. The movie attempts to lure you into a false sense of security, then crafts a horrifying storyline that calls into question everything you thought you already knew about the movie based on tropes it was intentionally recalling. Of course, this can extend to a more construction-based concept as well. Whenever you’re looking through a home for issues, remember that concerns can start from anywhere.

A Quiet Place: Thinking on Your Feet Is Mandatory

There are many terrifying moments in A Quiet Place, and that terror is inherent in both the things the characters can control and the things the characters can’t control. One especially horrifying scene occurs when the previously-soundproofed basement ends up with a plumbing leak. This is something the family wasn’t initially expecting, so they have to scramble to come up with a fix for the new problem that has occurred. Even though it’s unlikely that you’re running from otherworldly monsters, the need to think on your feet when faced with an unexpected problem rings true for any homeowner.

The Grudge: Maintain Quality Lighting

In the 2020 remake of The Grudge, there are many terrifying sequences. However, one of the most terrifying sequences draws on a very basic fear: the fear of not being able to see what’s right in front of you. In this sequence, a character has to travel to the poorly-lit basement with only a flashlight. This might be able to remind you that it’s important for you to install adequate lighting in the basement, even if you’re not facing a horrifying curse passed down through murder.


There’s something intrinsically fun about trying to derive new morals from movies you may have already seen before. Many people find that watching movies makes them think of certain things in their lives, whether or not the original filmmakers intended that connection. When you watch a horror movie, take a second to think about whether you might be able to uncover a moral that the original filmmakers didn’t necessarily intend.

Vera Watson

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