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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.


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


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.


Horror | Thriller


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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Camilla Carr, who plays Emily, played Harriet in the 1973 film for which this is a sequel. See more »

Crazy Credits

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


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


Mozart Piano Concerto 23 Adagio
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (uncredited)
Performed by Samuel Smythe
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A Lot Better Than I Was Expecting
4 June 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Don't Look in the Basement 2 (2015)

** (out of 4)

A mental hospital is the setting as boss Emily (Camilla Carr) tells her crew that they've got a new patient coming. It turns out that Sam (Willie Minor) was in a sanitarium where he murdered eight people in 1972. Dr. William (Andrew Sensenig) is given his case and it doesn't take long for everyone to realize that something isn't right.

DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT was a shocking hit back in 1972 even though it featured no stars or much of a budget. The film was directed by cult favorite S.F. Brownrigg and it remained popular throughout the last couple decades thanks to its public domain status, which meant people had easy access to it. This direct sequel took over thirty years to materialize and it was co-written and directed by Tony Brownrigg, the original director's son.

It seems doing sequels to these older movies is something that is catching on because another 70s favorite, SILENT NIGHT BLOODY NIGHT also got the sequel treatment. I went into this expecting something quite awful and was shocked not to get that. In fact, I was rather amazed at the technical quality of the picture because you'd never know that you were watching a low-budget movie. The cinematography by Chuck Hatcher makes this seem like a Hollywood picture because of how great it is. The editing, the score and one of the songs played throughout were also extremely good.

Another shock was the fact that all of the performances were extremely good and believable, which is something I rarely say for a film like this. If you're familiar with the first film then you'll remember Carr and it was great getting to see her return here. Brownrigg does a very good job in the director's chair but I must say that the only disappointing thing was the actual screenplay. There's simply not enough going on here to keep you glued to the screen for the rather short 82 minutes.

I really wish that a better or fuller story had been done. Everything is here for a good movie but it falls just short because there's way too much talking going on and there's needed to be a bit more plot development. Still, DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT 2 was a shocking surprise and manages to be better than the first film.

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