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Basket Case: The Trilogy

It's apt that Basket Case hits Blu-ray the same week as Et, the other 1982 movie about a young man and his relationship with a rubbery creature. Director Frank Henenlotter's take on things is less wholesome than Spielberg's: far seedier and gorier but, oddly, just as moving.

A shy young man, Duane, comes to the rotten core of the Big Apple with a dream of revenge on the "doctors" who separated him from his conjoined twin, the grossly deformed and incredibly violent Belial, whom he carries around in a basket. Costing around $30,000, and shot in a flophouse motel, with many of the residents performing in the movie, this is the real deal as far as exploitation film-making goes. It has edges so rough you could injure yourself on them, the acting barely deserves the name, but the idea is so novel and the story so »

- Phelim O'Neill

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