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 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

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2 April 1982 (USA)  »

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El Caso Del Canasto  »

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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

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

Quotes

Aunt: [Reading to young Duane and Belial] Art thou afraid? No monster, not I. Be not afraid, for the isle is full of sights, sounds, and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not. Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments will humm about mine ears. And sometimes voices, that if I then had waked after long sleep would let me sleep again. And then in dreaming, the clouds we thought would open and show riches ready to drop upon me, that when I waked, I cried to dream again...
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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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References Hi, Mom! (1970) See more »

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What's in the basket?
27 November 2003 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Basket Case (1982) happens to be one of the greatest shoe string budget horror films ever made. A true cult classic and a tragic tale of brotherly love and jealousy. The sleazy surroundings and characters that the movie was shot in and around adds to it's charm. Duane and Belial are a pair of brothers you don't want to cross paths with. This film was such a success that it spawned two sequels and a funny cameo in another. Highly recommended.

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