Anthony Brownrigg has taken on the task as heir apparent in releasing a sequel to a cult classic. If you happen to peruse the DVD bins at your local Walmart you may come across one of those 50 greatest horror, or 100 Tales of Terror and more than likely his father’s DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT will be listed as one of those titles. Anthony has reasons to why he decided to continue the story his father created and those are listed ahead in a direct statement from him. There is also a clip to promote the release next week on May 24th so check it out ahead and see the follow up to the cult hit soon!
As a young boy watching my father direct Don’t Look in the Basement, I couldn’t have known that it would define his career as a director. He always wanted to produce a sequel, and as I grew older we talked about the story line, but sadly he was lost to us before he could complete it.
I spent 20 years looking for the right opportunity to film a sequel, but I wasn’t the only one. Because my father’s film is now public domain a number of people have attempted a Don’t Look in the Basement reboot—about four in the last 12 years or so. If I’d done a sequel during that time my story would have conflicted with theirs, and I didn’t want that to happen.
Nevertheless, people assumed that I was involved with those other reboot attempts, and one by one those productions fell through. That’s when Danny Redd, a long-time friend of mine, urged me to get busy with “Basement 2”
I could see that the timing was right, so I immediately contacted Megan Emerick who agreed to work with me on the script. Then Danny introduced me to David Rennke who, after listening to our ideas, suggested we add Andrew Sensenig to the team. Within just a day or two our project was funded, and we had compiled a rough production schedule.
Everything I learned about film I learned from my dad. I found it inspiring to film on his original set and work with others who’d had a direct or indirect connection to my father’s film. The cast and crew brought far more to the project than I ever could have expected, and I learned how incredibly passionate and committed filmmakers in Texas are. As a result, I no longer feel that this film is my legacy to my father; it’s our legacy to Texas filmmaking.
Basement 2 Clip: