RDM Productions and id: Don’t Look in the Basement 2, LLC team up with Anthony Brownrigg to bring a sequel to his fathers 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 directors 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.
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 grizzly 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 who was known in the sixties for “The Naked Witch” a Larry Buchannan film, has come out of retirement to round out the cast.
Andrew Sensenig “Upstream Color” will play the lead, along with Arianne Martin “Red Victoria, Other Side of Paradise”, and Frank Mosley “Wuss, Upstream Color”. Also cast are Earl Browning II, Jim O’Rear, Scott Tepperman, and Megan Emerick.
The script was written by Anthony Brownrigg, and Megan Emerick, and the film will be shot on location at the original house used in the 1973 film located in Tehuacana Texas. Principal photography begins in late March 2014 with an expected release later in the year.
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