S. F. Brownrigg

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Sherald Brownrigg
Born (1937-09-30)September 30, 1937
El Dorado, Arkansas
Died September 20, 1996(1996-09-20) (aged 58)
Dallas, Texas
Occupation Film director, film producer
Children 2

S. F. Brownrigg (September 30, 1937 – September 20, 1996), born Sherald Brownrigg, was an American film director and producer.


During the 1970s he directed several low budget horror films, such as Don't Look in the Basement. In 2001, a reviewer for the Michigan Daily called Poor White Trash 2 "the worst movie of all time."[1] Other commentators[who?] value Brownrigg's work for his ability to create thrills with a minuscule budget.


Date Title Role
1973 Don't Look in the Basement (aka The Forgotten and Death Ward #13) Director/Producer
1974 Poor White Trash Part II (aka Scum of the Earth) Director/Producer
1975 Don't Open the Door! (aka Don't Hang Up) Director
1977 Keep My Grave Open Director/Producer
1986 Thinkin' Big Director


  • In May 2008, it was announced that a remake of 'Don't Look in the Basement' was being planned by directors Alan Rowe Kelly and Anthony G. Sumner. Filming was scheduled for October 2008 in Indiana with a planned 2009 release.[2] However, this film never came into fruition.
  • In December 2013, a sequel titled 'Id: Don't Look in the Basement 2' was announced with Anthony Brownrigg, son of S.F. Brownrigg, directing.[3] The film was shot in Texas in March/April 2014 and used several of the same locations from the original film. A trailer debuted in early May 2014 with a promised release in the fall of 2014.
  • Director Todd Nunes's film Death Ward 13 (2017) is inspired by S.F. Brownrigg's movie The Forgotten and Edgar Allan Poe's The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.[4]

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