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Josh Vargas Directing ‘Don’t Look In The Basement’ Remake

Sway director Josh Vargas dropped us a line yesterday revealing that he’s been signed to write, direct, and executive produce (another) remake of the S.F Brownrigg 1973 film Don’t Look In The Basement, which followed a young psychiatric nurse goes to work at a lonesome asylum following a murder. There, she experiences varying degrees of torment from the patients.We all felt that we could ressurect the original storyline and do it justice because the three of us admire greatly the original work of S.F Brownrigg and as a result, we all agreed that we wanted to maintain his vision while updating for new audiences this classic terrorfest,” said producer Parrish Randall.

Brownrigg was that guy who made movies well outside of the Hollywood system long before the new age of technology simplified that process. His philosopies and ideaologies as a film-maker live on in so many Texas indie artists to this day, having inspired a new generation of Texans armed with screenplays, cameras, lights, a bit of cash and a lot of passion for storytelling through motion pictures to go forth and make their movies, ourselves included. So this remake/retelling will be one that remains true to the original Brownrigg classic while still delivering quite a few new and unexpected shocks for audiences of the new millenium. Think of “Don’t Look In The Basement – 2010” as a film that will pay homage to the original classic feature that we all grew up with while reintroducing the chilling Brownrigg tale of Texas madness to new generations of horror fans.

With financing in place and three Texas filmmakers ready to scare the hell out of you with a classic tale of terror once again, remember “Don’t Look In The Basement”…for frightfans of the “what the hell is waiting down there in the darkness” genre of horror films.

The original Brownrigg film is one that I, as well as producers, Parrish Randall, and Burton Bailey, hold in very high regard, not only in the avenue of great storytelling, but as a testement to what you can do without a multi-million dollar Hollywood budget and a few dedicated and hardworking people,” said Josh Vargas. “We will continue to work with the same ideologies in place on, Don’t Look In The Basement 2010. We will be staying VERY true to the 1973 film, with the only exceptions being that the script I wrote is alot darker in tone and a bit more violent in some areas. This isn’t a “revisioning,” or,”reimagining,” or whatever the remake lingo is now a days. It’s a straight up remake of a great horror film that deserves a chance at a new generation of horror fans, all the while doing justice to the fans who’ve loved this movie for years.

Principle photography begins in July.



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