Thursday, September 1, 2016

Writer/Director Todd Nunes' “Don’t Look In the Basement” Inspired “DEATH WARD 13” in Pre-Production


Fresh off of his award-winning and soon-to-be-released horror flick ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE, director Todd Nunes jumps into pre-production for his next scare feature DEATH WARD 13.

Los Angeles, CA – The cult-classic DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT is being reimagined by horror director Todd Nunes and L.A.-based Bone Crusher Films. The new movie, DEATH WARD 13 is currently in pre-production in Los Angeles. DEATH WARD 13 is inspired by S.F. Brownrigg’s DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT (1973) and Edgar Allen Poe’s short story “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether" (1845). DEATH WARD 13 promises to deliver a thrilling remake with a shocking collection of criminally insane patients: botched lobotomies, necrophilia, sexual deviance, and violent psychopaths.

DEATH WARD 13 will be directed by award-winning horror filmmaker Todd Nunes (ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE). “I’m a huge fan of the original DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT and saw the movie as a 10-year-old; I was mesmerized by the insane characters and the twist ending,” Nunes says. “In this reimagined version I want to give fans a taste of the original with added bloody practical effects and lots of action. DEATH WARD 13 will have more nurses, more maniacs, and more blood. The film will be shoot in an isolated mental hospital in the woods and will embody the iconic 70s grindhouse era.”

SYNOPSIS: 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 will have a brutal climax with an updated, disturbing twist that shocks and satisfies both gore hounds and fans like me who love great storytelling,” says producer Stephen Readmond (ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE). “Since we’re taking liberties with DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT, we wanted to use one of the film’s alternative titles to show respect for one of my all-time favorite films of the genre.” 

DEATH WARD 13 will begin shooting in late 2016/early 2017. Nunes will partner again with producers Stephen Readmond and Christopher Stanley. The team’s Santa slasher ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE received 18 awards and nominations with the following wins:

* Best Slasher (RIP Horror Film Festival)
* Audience Choice Award (RIP Horror Film Festival)
* Best Director (Hardcore Horror Fest)
* Best Local Feature (SFindie’s “Another Hole in the Head” Film Festival)
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DEATH WARD 13, written by Todd Nunes and Tara Knight, is a feature-length film by Bone Crusher Films, the new film division of The Readmond Company, 4700 W. Jefferson Blvd, Suite 101, Los Angeles, CA 90016. info@deathward13.com, www.deathward13.com.

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