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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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El Caso Del Canasto  »

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$35,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Most of the credits that appear at the end of the film are fake. The crew was very small and rather than repeat the same names over and over again they decided to just make up names. See more »

Goofs

After Duane's father was killed, the fake legs fell on a rubber mat, which was clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Josephine: Your brother? What is he? A midget?
Duane Bradley: No, he's deformed!
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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 »

Connections

References Bloodsucking Freaks (1976) See more »

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Possibly the ultimate grindhouse exploitation movie
13 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

BASKET CASE is, for what it is, superb.

That's not to say it is technically proficient or boasts particularly good performances from its actors. But it's intelligent, creepy and viciously horrific.

A young man, Duane, enters a seedy Times Square motel carrying a large wicker basket. Inside the basket, as we soon discover, is his monstrously deformed Siamese twin brother, Belial. Belial looks like a twisted lump of fat and gristle, with two clawed arms and an eerily human-like face. He was, not so long ago, attached to his brother's side, until his father and some crooked surgeons decided to seperate the brothers against their will. Now the pair is in Manhattan, to do away with the doctors who performed the operation.

The very premise is as bizarre and sordid as one can imagine. And the movie doesn't disappoint. Everything is washed out with red and blue neon, every location is dirty and grungy, every character is twisted or crazed. The movie jerks the viewer's emotions around brutally, going from silly to grim to nightmarish to funny to horrifying to tragic. It may take the movie a little while to sink in. If you allow it to, it will leave you speechless.

BASKET CASE is a classic of exploitation cinema. It's as gruesome as any splatter movie and sleazy as any grindhouse porno, but it's far better written and crafted than most of its type. It's a nightmare not unlike David Lynch's ERASERHEAD, but with a more EC-comics feel. If a mixture of sleaze, extreme gore, expressionism and poetic justice are your cup of tea, don't pass up BASKET CASE!


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