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Basket Case (1982)

 -  Comedy | Horror  -  April 1982 (USA)
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A young man carrying a big basket that contains his deformed Siamese-twin brother seeks vengeance on the doctors who separated them against their will.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Van Hentenryck ...
Duane Bradley (as Kevin VanHentenryck)
Terri Susan Smith ...
Beverly Bonner ...
Robert Vogel ...
Hotel Manager
Diana Browne ...
Dr. Kutter
Lloyd Pace ...
Dr. Needleman
Bill Freeman ...
Dr. Lifflander
Joe Clarke ...
O'Donovan
Ruth Neuman ...
Duane's Aunt
Richard Pierce ...
Duane's Father
Sean McCabe ...
Young Duane
Dorothy Strongin ...
Josephine
Kerry Ruff ...
Detective
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 no other luggage than a basket. In a flash back-series we learn it 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, these scene is set for a grim finale. Written by KGF Vissers

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

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April 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Caso Del Canasto  »

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$35,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

When Duane checks into the Hotel Broslin he takes out a wad of cash. According to Frank Henenlotter, the film's director, this was the film's entire budget. See more »

Goofs

During the bar sequence, Duane refers to his brother, calling him Duane, instead of Belial. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Julius Lifflander: No, no, I think we're making a big mistake. We're rushing things. We shouldn't even be here.
Dr. Harold Needleman: Where's the boy now?
Duane's Father: He's upstairs in bed asleep, he can't hear us.
Dr. Julius Lifflander: We need to think this over. Talk it over.
Duane's Father: We don't have time, it must be done now, while my sister in law's away.
Dr. Julius Lifflander: I'm not sure, I've got second thoughts.
Duane's Father: Bullshit, second thoughts! I've had twelve years of doctor's second thoughts!
Dr. Julius Lifflander: I don't know, I just don't know!
Duane's Father: Well you'd sure as hell know if it were your own son we were talking ...
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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 »

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Essential 1980s horror. Cheap, nasty and LOTS of fun!
22 September 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

One interesting side effect of the DVD revolution is that I've been watching lots of movies I haven't seen for YEARS, and some aren't as great as I remember them to be, and others are better. 'Basket Case' was one of THE great late 70s/early 80s low (and I mean looooow!) budget horror movies, linked in my mind with such genre classics as 'Phantasm' and 'Evil Dead'. Watching it now I don't think it's QUITE as great as those two, but it's still enjoyable to watch, and along with 'Re-Animator', 'Motel Hell' and 'Dead And Buried' it's one of the essential horror movies of the 1980s. Look, it isn't perfect, the animation sequences in particular are pretty poor, but considering the lack of funds, it's creepy, bizarre and doesn't take itself very seriously, and Kevin VanHentenryck (Duane) actually gives a very good performance. Writer/director Frank Henelotter went on to make the even better 'Brain Damage' and 'Frankenhooker' (as well as two sequels which I haven't seen) but sadly hasn't made a movie in the last ten years. Henelotter mixes horror and comedy as good as, if not better than, vintage Sam Raimi and Stuart Gordon in my opinion. Why isn't he making movies?! Why doesn't SOMEONE give him a million dollars and freedom to make anything he wants?? I really, really hope he makes a comeback soon. Until then check out 'Basket Case', it's cheap, nasty and LOTS of fun!


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