Exploitation classic gets a darker sequel.
Director S.F.Brownrigg’s 1973 psycho thriller DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT (aka THE FORGOTTEN) is considered one of the weirdest and most effective of the early ’70s downmarket indie offerings and with good reason. It’s a violent, cheap and scary riff on THE SNAKE PIT with the inmates taking over the asylum and is filled with terrifying and hauntingly cheap imagery and arch non-performances.
Now, Brownrigg’s son, director and co-screenwriter Anthony Brownrigg, is continuing the story line of the original 1973 film with DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT 2, a sequel set forty years later when the only known survivor of a mass murder returns to the institution where the grisly killings took place, his presence triggering a series of increasingly disturbing events.
The film is scheduled for release on DVD/Blu-Ray May 24th from LeglessCorpse Films and on VOD this Summer.
Brownrigg strengthened the connection of BASEMENT 2 to his fathers earlier film by casting Camilla Carr in a featured role and revisiting the Trinity Institute (formerly Westminster College) in Tehuacana, Texas, for four weeks of principal filming.
Andrew Sensenig (WE ARE STILL HERE) stars as Dr. William Matthews with Arianne Margot as Dr. Lucy Mills and Frank Mosley as Dr. Lance White. Megan Emerick, who co-wrote the screenplay with Brownrigg, plays a supporting role as Nurse Jennifer. Jim ORear and Scott Tepperman are orderlies Billy and Bishop, respectively. Willie H. Minor, Jr. is Sam Withers, the mysterious returning patient.
DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT 2 will be available on a 2 disc special edition Blu-Ray and regular edition DVD. Special Edition Blu-Ray includes feature length on-set documentary shot by Jim O’Rear and the original 1973 film. You can pre-order now here.