There's a special place in my black heart for '70s horror films that are just the right blend of shlock and and grit. Like-minded fans may recall the 1973 film Don't Look In The Basement
, aka The Forgotten
, aka what I would argue is one of several influences on Edgar Wright's fantastic faux grindhouse trailer, Don't
The surprisingly good Don't Look In The Basement has now spawned a sequel more than 40 years later, aptly titled Don't Look In The Basement 2. Director Anthony Brownrigg, son of the director of the first film, S.F. Brownrigg, has returned to the original shooting location for the newest tale. "The film is more of a paranormal thriller than drive-in horror," Brownrigg says.
Twitch was able to get an exclusive quote from star and executive producer Andrew Sensenig, who's known for his role in Upstream Color, as well as for turns in several upcoming horror films, including We Are Still Here, Love Sick, and Kindred Kill.
"Being able to film the sequel to the original cult classic and witness new horrors happening in the exact same building, the same room, and exact same spot was surreal," Sensenig told me. "While I didn't see any real ghosts, the energy in the building was pretty freaky, I must admit."
Freaky indeed? See for yourself in the trailer!
And here's the official press release with more details:
RDM Production and id: Don't Look in the Basement 2, LLC, team up with Anthony Brownrigg to bring a sequel to his father's 1973 classic horror Don't Look in the Basement to life.
S.F. Brownrigg, is one of the unsung heroes of drive in horror. His first film Don't Look in the Basement was a theatrical smash hit in the early seventies. And even today many horror director credit Brownrigg for inspiration when they began their careers.
Don't Look in the Basement was the first film to ever receive an X rating from the MPAA for violence, which also put it on the coveted "Video Nasties" list in the UK. One of the first 'inmates take over the asylum" pictures, Basement brought an eerie and disturbing look into the mentally ill. The film ended with the patients and doctors murdered, and one survivor, Sam, left alone with the bodies.
Forty years later, Anthony Brownrigg, S.F. Brownriggs son and director of the award winning Red Victoria, has teamed up with David Rennke (Pearl), Daniel Redd of RDM Productions, and Andrew Sensenig (Upstream Color) to bring a sequel to the long time favorite to the screen.
The official trailer was released at Texas Frightmare Weekend Saturday May 3, 2014. While the specific plot has been kept tightly under wraps, the sequel revolves around what happened to the only surviving patient from the original film, and what happens when he is brought back to the original clinic where the murders occurred.
"The film is more of a paranormal thriller than a drive in horror" says Brownrigg. "Dad wanted to produce a sequel in the eighties that revolved around the paranormal, and we took a lot of cues from what he wanted to do. It's bloody, for certain, but doesn't compete with the original."
Many of the original cast, and crew are also involved in one way or another. Daniel Redds father Robert Redd, was the owner of PSI Film Labs that developed the film for the original. Camilla Carr, from the original cast has come back to play a different role in the sequel. And Jack Bennett II, son of effects artist Jack Bennett will join in through post production for visual effects. And even Libby Hall, mother of Anthony was known in the sixties for The Naked Witch, a Larry Buchanan film, has come out of retirement to round out the cast.
Andrew Sensenig will play the lead, along with Arianne Margot (Red Victoria, Other Side of Paradise), and Frank Mosley (Wuss, Upstream Color). Also cast are Earl Browning III, Jim O'Rear, Scott Tepperman , Megan Emerick and Willie Minor.
The script was written by Anthony Brownrigg, and Megan Emerick, and the film was shot on location at the original house used in the 1973 film located in Techuacana Texas. Principal photography ended in late April 2014 with an expected release later in the year.
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