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Don't Look in the Basement 2 (2015)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 25 May 2016 (USA)
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In 1972, the patients and doctors at Stephens Sanitarium were brutally murdered. Over forty years later, the only known survivor returns only to find the ghosts of the past have not been resting in peace.

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Tony Brownrigg
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Sensenig ... Dr. William Matthews
Frank Mosley ... Dr. Lance White
Arianne Martin ... Dr. Lucy Mills (as Arianne Margot)
Jim O'Rear ... Billy
Scott Tepperman ... Bishop
Megan Emerick Megan Emerick ... Jennifer
Willie Minor Willie Minor ... Sam
Camilla Carr ... Emily
Earl Browning III ... Dr. Westmore
Brady McInnes ... Clive
Carolyn King Carolyn King ... Constance
Chester Rushing ... Roman
Libby Hall Libby Hall ... Milly
Kim Foster ... Sophie
Joseph Spector Joseph Spector ... Randall
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In 1972, the patients and doctors at Stephens Sanitarium were brutally murdered. Over forty years later, the only known survivor returns only to find the ghosts of the past have not been resting in peace.

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In 1972, the patients and doctors at Stephens Sanitarium were brutally murdered. 40 years later, it's happening again.

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Не заглядывайте в подвал 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehuacana, Texas, USA

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Dolby

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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A direct sequel to director S.F. Brownrigg's Don't Look in the Basement (1973), better known as "Don't Look in the Basement", directed by Brownrigg's son Tony Brownrigg. See more »

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After the end credits, it reads "for dad". See more »

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Follows Don't Look in the Basement (1973) See more »

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Mozart Piano Concerto 23 Adagio
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (uncredited)
Performed by Samuel Smythe
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Don't Look for the Sequel
7 January 2018 | by thesar-2See all my reviews

Man. Was I harsh on the first one. Now, after seeing the follow-up, the original was an all-but masterpiece.

When I was a kid, like nine or so years old, I saw the original horror low-budget shockfest and I was scared to death. The low-budget of it all plus the "I'm not supposed to see this, but my parents are asleep and as long as I keep the volume low" aspect was what put me over the edge.

So, when I just now (about two years, too late) realized there was a sequel, I decided to spend my Friday night with a double feature of the two Don't Look in the Basements. Because it had such an impact on me, the original still sent shivers down my spine as I recalled how I felt when I was under 10 and seeing such carnage.

And then, I started the follow-up, close to 40 years after the original. And boy, this was bad.

It appears the new creators had no clue what the original was about. Either they only saw clips of the 1973 film, or they only read a synopsis, they made a completely different movie using some of the main characters from back then and morphed it into a literal comedy.

To give the synopsis, originally there was an isolated and experimental mental hospital that saw the attempted murder of the only doctor and a new nurse tricked by a patient into believing she was the new head doctor. Mayhem ensures and patient Sam murders everyone in order to save said new-nurse who escapes.

That was part one. Part two takes place in real time (approx. 40 years later) and Sam returns to a "new" mental hospital run by an enormously incompetent staff and the tone/genre completely shifts. Oh, and some murders happen with generic results.

While the actors involved give their all and the film was well shot, the movie couldn't have been more different than the original. It's like them making (another) sequel to Psycho 40 years later and making it a comedic spoof of Norman Bates tripping over the stairs leading from his mother's house to the motel.

Normally, I would recommend even in the slightest for fans to see a follow-up to a movie they may have loved or deemed a "guilty pleasure," but in this case, stay away, stay far away. This "movie" was a waste. And especially for those who LOVED the original, which I'm starting to. You will see conclusions to the characters you initially rooted for end up being completely destroyed here.

Don't look in the basement and certainly, don't look this one up.

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Final thoughts: Okay, here's where I give my own guilty pleasure. Fine, there was one aspect I loved. One of the orderlies, the bigger one, "Bishop" - played by Scott Tepperman, was a pleasure to look at. Sure, him and the other psycho orderly were obviously inserted as comic relief, I still couldn't keep my eyes off such a hunk. At least, in such a terrible misfire, I could find pleasure in such the bear.


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