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. Instead, it looks like a sequel will develop organically from the story that's already been told so far.
This week, Fede Alvarez confirmed that a sequel is officially in the works, focusing on Stephen Lang's Blind Man. Speaking to IGN, the director stated that:
“The challenge obviously is we just don’t want to do the same movie again and just have 2 in it.”
Producer Sam Raimi then chimed in with a serious claim, one which we hope Don't Breathe 2 lives up to:
“It’s only the greatest idea for a sequel I’ve ever heard. I’m not kidding.”
As the sequel has only just been announced, only time will tell what Alvarez and co. have in store for us. Our main clue at present is the alternative ending that Alvarez shot before editing the first film, which reveals Rocky isn't as safe in California as she would have hoped, and strongly hints at how Don't Breathe 2 could work.
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.
Why Don't Breathe 2 Is Happening
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 begin filming 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, explaining why Hollywood green-light a sequel so quickly.
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?
Don't Breathe 2 may 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 will 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 we're fortunate that this isn't the last we've seen of him.
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.
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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