Forget breathing — don't look if you want to avoid spoilers for Fede Alvarez's stellar horror movie Don't Breathe.
With his 2016 summer blockbuster, horror maestro Fede Alvarez has done the unthinkable. He's created a new home invasion movie that provides genuine thrills without pandering to studio pressure or current trends. Who could have seen that coming? Certainly not the film's villain, the Blind Man, that's for sure.
One of the reasons that #SonyPictures' Don't Breathe has been so well-received is that the film works hard to create a self-contained story that doesn't overstretch itself. There's no desperate attempts to set up a franchise that could rival the likes of Saw or The Purge.
However, fans hoping for a Don't Breathe 2 are in luck — an alternative ending that Alvarez shot before editing the film reveals Rocky isn't as safe in California as she would have hoped, strongly hinting that Don't Breathe 2 could be in the works.
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How Does The Extended Version Of Don't Breathe End?
In the original cut of Don't Breathe that was released in theaters, the film ends with Rocky preparing to leave Detroit with her sister Diddy in tow. Instead of questioning why anyone thought 'Diddy' could have been a good name for the child, Rocky is distracted by a news report which reveals that the Blind Man is alive in hospital. Crucially, he hasn't reported either Rocky or the stolen money to the authorities, ending the movie on a positive note for everyone's favorite thief.
However, in the extended version that Alvarez included in the original script, things play out a little differently. Here's the rest of the scene in script form, courtesy of the site Bloody Disgusting:
CUT TO:INT. BUS STATION LOBBY – NOON The midsize station is filled with commuters. People criss-cross through the lobby area. Rocky and Diddy walking ahead. Backpack with the money strapped on. The CAMERA drops low behind the two sisters as they disappear in the crowd. We hold a beat in this sea of legs, then —CLOSE ON: A cane enters the frame. Moving slowly, scanning every inch of the floor. FIN.
Dun-dun-dun! Presumably, the extended ending will appear on the home video release of Don't Breathe. Luckily, Alvarez actually gave us a cheeky glimpse of the footage in the red band trailer, which we've kindly included above in handy GIF form for your pleasure.
Check out the official red band trailer for Don't Breathe in it's entirety below:
Why Will Don't Breathe 2 Definitely Happen?
Sure, the Blind Man would obviously be keen to take revenge on the girl who broke into his home, stole his money and killed his unborn turkey-baster baby. But there's two more reasons why Don't Breathe 2 will definitely be produced soon.
1) First of all, Don't Breathe smashed every box office estimate in its opening weekend, topping the charts with an impressive $26.1 million that knocked Suicide Squad into the #2 slot. Tracking numbers originally placed the film's opening around the mark of $11 million — with a budget of just $10 million, it's hard to imagine Hollywood not fighting to green-light a sequel as soon as physically possible.
2) Fortunately, Don't Breathe is also a good film — an excellent one in fact, as its current score of 87% on Rotten Tomatoes attests. Variety described Don't Breathe as "a muscular exercise in brutal, relentless peril that should please genre fans," while Rolling Stone praised the filmmaking;
There's just one issue though.
Do We Actually Need Don't Breathe 2?
The inevitable Don't Breathe sequel will undoubtedly receive some kind of backlash from fans. After all, Don't Breathe works perfectly well on its own and horror fans have been burned by unnecessary sequels more times than the kids in Freddy Krueger's boiler room. However, if handled right, Don't Breathe 2 could be a worthy continuation of the story that answers a number of questions which were left unanswered by the first film.
Now that we know the Blind Man is alive, it would be fascinating to delve further into his back story, showing us how he first dealt with the death of his daughter and how her killer ended up in his basement. Stephen Lang's performance has made the Blind Man an instant horror icon — something that we're severely lacking these days — so it would be disappointing if this was the last we saw of him already.
Whether the Blind Man attacks Rocky in her own home or whether Don't Breathe 2 decides to switch things up with a fresh angle, it's hard to imagine fans embracing a sequel without director Fede Alvarez returning to the helm.
Fortunately, the horror auteur's schedule isn't too busy right now, which means that we could still see Alvarez return to the world of Don't Breathe in the near future. Detractors should bear in mind that the filmmaker has already proved himself in this area by producing a surprisingly strong Evil Dead remake. Even a blind man can see that Alvarez should take another crack at horror with a sequel for Don't Breathe.
Just one thing though, Alvarez? Please leave the turkey baster at home next time. Let the Blind Man use Tinder like everyone else.
Looking for more horror from Fede Alvarez? Check out this gruesome clip from his Evil Dead reboot below:
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