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Basket Case (1982)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror | 2 April 1982 (USA)
A young man carrying a big basket that contains his extremely deformed Siamese-twin brother seeks vengeance on the doctors who separated them against their will.

Director:

Frank Henenlotter

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Van Hentenryck ... Duane Bradley (as Kevin VanHentenryck)
Terri Susan Smith Terri Susan Smith ... Sharon
Beverly Bonner ... Casey
Robert Vogel Robert Vogel ... Hotel Manager
Diana Browne ... Dr. Kutter
Lloyd Pace ... Dr. Needleman
Bill Freeman Bill Freeman ... Dr. Lifflander
Joe Clarke ... O'Donovan
Ruth Neuman Ruth Neuman ... Duane's Aunt
Richard Pierce Richard Pierce ... Duane's Father
Sean McCabe ... Young Duane
Dorothy Strongin Dorothy Strongin ... Josephine
Kerry Ruff Kerry Ruff ... Detective
Ilze Balodis Ilze Balodis ... Social Worker
Tom Robinson ... Thief in Theater
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Storyline

Charming country bumpkin Duane Bradley takes a motel room in New York with a basket and a backpack. In a flash back-series we learn the basket contains his surgically removed Siamese twin who is not only physically deformed so badly the doctors hesitated to consider him a human, but is also the vindictive drive of their trip, with the purpose to kill off all those he blames. But in the reception of one of those doctors, Duane gets his first ever date, with the receptionist, and wants to start a positive life too - when the freak twin escapes, the scene is set for a grim finale. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The tenant in room 7 is very small, very twisted and very mad. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Basket Case (¿Dónde te escondes, hermano?) See more »

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Budget:

$35,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In Casey's apartment, there are at least seven smiley face items, including: her nightie, a clock, a button by the window and several others. See more »

Goofs

After Sharon is killed, you can see her clearly still breathing as she lies nude on the bed. See more »

Quotes

Josephine: What's in the basket?
Duane Bradley: [laughs] My brother!
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Crazy Credits

Since the crew only consisted of three or four people, many of the names in the credits are fictitious. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the UK the film was originally cut for both cinema and by a further 35 secs for video by the censors who removed the following:
  • The scene where Duane watches a kung-fu film is missing shots of 'chain-sticks' from the kung-fu film itself.
  • The second doctor's death scene is missing a shot of him spitting blood as well as the climatic shot of blood splashing on his face.
  • The death of the female vet shortens shots of Belial clawing her face, the terminating shot of the scene showing the vet with scalpels sticking in her face is deleted.
  • Shots of the noisy neighbour being clawed to death by Belial are cut; this sequence was originally intercut with two other scenes making the editing at this point awful due to these cuts.
  • The infamous scene where Belial 'romances' Duane's girlfriend is the worst to suffer cuts- after she wakes up the entire scene has been removed bar a brief shot of her being strangled. In addition the shot of Belial on top her dead body and Duane's attempts to pull him off her is missing. Its worth noting that apart from the opening scene every murder in the film was cut to some degree by the UK censors. The 1999 Tartan release finally saw the film passed fully uncut by the BBFC.
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User Reviews

Absolutely hilarious--a must-see for bad-movie lovers!
14 November 2004 | by willywantsSee all my reviews

A young man carrying a big basket, containing his deformed Siamese brother is seeking revenge on the doctors who separated them.Frank Henenlotter's "Basket case" is the most pitiful attempt at making a marketable film I've ever seen. Henenlotter's direction creates as much tension and atmosphere as local cable access meetings you find on local channels, the acting sucks (Interestingly, the extras are better here than any of the actual leads), the story is crapola, and how about those special effects? The stop-motion Belial (That's the "Basket case")throwing stuff at people (Complete with visible wires!) will inspire such gut-busting hilarity I can promise you that you won't laugh so hard ever again in your entire life.

Go rent "Basket case" and indulge yourself in it's unmatched, unthinkable badness and jaw-dropping stupidity. It makes you re-think your life and changes your perception of what a "Bad movie" really is. Why wasn't this ever featured on MST3K?

10/10. Thank you, Mr. Henenlotter, for changing my life and lowering my IQ with all the horrors that are "Basket case". rent, no, BUY this steaming load of feces NOW!!!


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