Don’t Look in the Basement was a violent, cheaply made exploitation horror film from 1973 akin to Wes Craven’s Last House on the Left. Inspired by director S.F. Brownrigg’s original film and the work of Edgar Allen Poe, the film is being remade under the title Death Ward 13 and is set to star the man with one of the greatest name in rock music history, ex-Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein!
“I’m looking forward to starting my movie career with a starring role in “Death Ward 13,” says Doyle. “It’s time to release the beast on the big screen. Let the killing begin!”
Directed by Tom Nunes (All Through the House – 2015), who co-wrote the script with Tara Knight, Death Ward 13 is officially in pre-production. It’s star, Doyle, is used to the horror genre, spending decades in the infamous “horror punk” band The Misfits. The tall and muscular musician helped create the “Devilock” hairstyle that the Misfits, fronted by Glenn Danzig, patented throughout the early 80s. He will be playing the main villain, The Duke, a mental patient who takes over an asylum with a bunch of other inmates and tortures several nurses stuck inside. Along with playing a lead role, Doyle is in talks with producers as well as his own Monsterman Records about adding to the soundtrack.
“I’m excited to work with Doyle,” says director Todd Nunes. “Doyle will be portraying a ruthless killer called The Duke – a psychopath and the most twisted and terrifying character in the movie. I’m a big fan of Doyle and his music and always thought he would make a menacing horror movie villain. With his threatening looks and massive build, this man will scare the crap out of everyone. Get ready for a horrifying ride!”
Inspired by the original film, as well as Poe’s 1845 short story The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.The filmmakers promise more bloodshed and brutality than the original, including such potential nastiness as botched lobotomies, necrophilia, and other forms of sexual deviance. Death Ward 13 starts filming later this year, with director Tom Nunes working with the same producers from his 2015 Santa slasher All Through the House, which received over 20 awards and nominations at horror festivals throughout the United States.
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.
In 2013, with his self-titled band, Doyle released the album Abominator through his Monsterman Records, and is currently touring the U.S. in support of their new album, As We Die, releasing on May 5, 2017.