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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 ...
Terri Susan Smith ...
Beverly Bonner ...
Robert Vogel ...
Hotel manager
Diana Browne ...
Dr. Judith Kutter
Lloyd Pace ...
Dr. Harold Needleman
Bill Freeman ...
Dr. Julius Lifflander
Joe Clarke ...
Brian 'Mickey' O'Donovan
Ruth Neuman ...
Aunt
Richard Pierce ...
Duane's Father
Sean McCabe ...
Young Duane
Dorothy Strongin ...
Josephine
Ilze Balodis ...
Social Worker
Kerry Ruff ...
Detective
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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$35,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

To try to make the film appeal to a comedy crowd, the original distributor cut all the gore scenes out of the film. They were eventually put back in and re-released in theaters with the subtitle "The Full Uncut Version!". See more »

Goofs

When Casey enters Duane's room to drop him off after he drinks a lot she proceeds over to the basket. By the basket is the file Duane and Belial retrieved after the first kill. On it is blood that is still red. With the amount of time that has passed it should have dried up and been maroon. See more »

Quotes

Casey: [very concerned] Dwayne, what's the matter?
Duane Bradley: [furious] Get out of here!
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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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One of my all-time favorites.
22 June 2001 | by (The Mitten State, USA) – See all my reviews

A young man carries his deformed, mutant, Siamese twin brother around in a wicker basket on the streets of New York. The loud, yellow, stumpy creature is named Belial and, according to his brother, looks like "a squashed octopus". In the past, they've remained completely sheltered from the world by their compassionate but overprotective aunt. Now, after her recent death, the two decide to hit the big city for the first time and exact their revenge on the doctors that separated them during childhood. What's not to love about this movie? The story and script are thoughtful, scary, and darkly humorous. The character development is flawless: you actually begin to feel sympathy for the grotesque, rubbery entity and his bemused companion. The special effects and gore sequences are extremely well-done, considering the film's microbudget. Also, while the acting is indeed notably bad, that just adds to the camp value of the film.


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