Todd Nunes’ Death Ward 13, Don’t Look In The Basement Inspired
Title: Death Ward 13
Director: Todd Nunes
Writers: Tara Knight, Todd Nunes
Release Date: TBA, 2017
It’s 1973 and the Stephens Sanitarium for the Criminally Insane prepares to shut down permanently. Days before closing, four beautiful nursing students arrive to care for the last handful of “harmless” mental patients in a suspiciously understaffed ward.
Confronted by their violent charges, the nurses soon realize that they are trapped inside the asylum with a deadly crew of vicious lunatics. Each patient has their own perverse identity, their own personal demons, and their own violent agenda.
Pushed to the brink of insanity, the young nurses find themselves in a gruesome fight for survival inside Ward 13.
Death Ward 13 is currently in pre-production. The film directed and written by Todd Nunes and Tara Knight, and produced by Bone Crusher Films, Stephen Readmond, and Christopher Stanley, and is inspired by S.F. Brownrigg’s (1973) cult classic Don’t Look In The Basement.
Brownrigg’s Don’t Look In The Basement was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether”, which was released in 1845.In 1973, S.F. Brownrigg released Don’t Look In The Basement, the film adaptation based on Poe’s story, the script written by Tim Pope. In 2015, Tony Brownrigg released Don’t Look In The Basement 2, with co-writer Megan Emerick.
Instead of a sequel or continuation of Don’t Look In The Basement, Nunes’ Death Ward will be a reimagination of the story. Nunes promises to revive the story complete with added practical effects, and more blood and gore for modern-day audiences.
I can definitely attest to this. There have been countless remakes as of today, which I am not too excited about. On the same token, Don’t Look In The Basement was released in the 70’s. That’s over 30 years ago. While I can say that the film can use some updated features, such as advanced restoration, I don’t feel a remake is a solution, especially given that the original is so near and dear to audiences and fans.
On the flip side, Nunes’ Death Ward 13, although inspired by Brownrigg’s (1973) film, and considered a remake, is more of a re-imagination. If it’s headed in the path I think it’s headed, I wouldn’t call it a remake at all, rather than a different perspective. This is an idea I could get up under.
Death Ward 13 will begin shooting late this year into early 2017.