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Basket Case -- Carrying a mysterious wicker basket around with him, Duane Bradley arrives in Manhatten and checks into a sleazy Times Square hotel. What's in the basket, you ask? Why, Duane's hideously misshapen Siamese-twin brother, Belial!


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Release Date:
April 1982 (USA) See more »
Its mother conceived it... You won't believe it... See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Kevin Van Hentenryck ... Duane Bradley (as Kevin VanHentenryck)
Terri Susan Smith ... Sharon
Beverly Bonner ... Casey
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
Chris Babson ... Kutter's Date
Maria T. Newland ... Patient
Florence Shultz ... Nurse
Mary Ellen Shultz ... Nurse
Constantine Scopas ... Hotel Tenant
Charles Stanley ... Hotel Tenant
Sydney Best ... Hotel Tenant
Johnny Ray Williams ... Hotel Tenant
Yousef Abuhamdeh ... Hotel Tenant
Lubi Kirsch ... Hotel Tenant
Catherine Russell ... Hotel Tenant
Mitchell Huval ... Hotel Tenant
Noel Hall ... Drug Dealer
Bruce Frankel ... Second Detective
Pat Ivers ... Street Girl
Emily Armstrong ... Street Girl
Russell Fritz ... Casey's John
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jerry Butler ... Casey Greeter #1 (uncredited)
Frank Henenlotter ... Theater Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Henenlotter 
Writing credits
Frank Henenlotter (written by)

Produced by
Arnold H. Bruck .... executive producer (as Arnie Bruck)
Edgar Ievins .... producer
Tom Kaye .... executive producer
Original Music by
David Maswick 
Gus Russo 
Cinematography by
Bruce Torbet (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Frank Henenlotter 
Makeup Department
John Caglione Jr. .... special makeup effects
Ken Clark .... hair stylist
Ken Clark .... makeup artist
Kevin Haney .... special makeup effects
Ugis Nigals .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Mort Tashman .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerome Horwitz .... assistant director
Sound Department
Levent Bolukbasi .... assistant sound
James M. Muro .... assistant sound (as Jimmy Muro)
Peter Thomas .... sound
Emily Webster .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Bruce Frankel .... camera operator
Jonathan Sinaiko .... camera operator
Casting Department
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Editorial Department
Linda Schubell-Sundlin .... assistant editor (as Linda Schubell)
Other crew
Peg Cornwell .... location coordinator
Ray Sundlin .... production executive

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91 min | Sweden:86 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Finland:K-18 | France:-12 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Italy:VM18 (TV rating) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:(Banned) (video rating) | Singapore:R21 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) (1999) (2012) | USA:R (1986 release) | USA:Unrated (original release) | West Germany:Not Rated (uncut) | West Germany:18 (video re-rating) (cut)

Did You Know?

In Casey's apartment, there are at least 7 smiley face items, including her nightie, a clock, a button by the window, and several others.See more »
Continuity: When the guy steals Duane's basket at the movies he kicks the lock off, including the latch, but in the next shot, when Duane runs into the bathroom, part of the latch is still connected to the basket.See more »
Hotel manager:This isn't a hotel, it's a nuthouse!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Kiss Me Deadly (1955)See more »


What are the differences between the BBFC-18 VHS and the uncut version?
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Love it!, 2 June 2005
Author: electronsexparty from Texas

I went into Basket Case thinking "Oh God, this is going to be excruciating." The first five minutes totally shattered my expectations.

This movie wasn't boring and horrible- it was hilarious, gory and great. I laughed hysterically at the bad acting, Crayola paint blood, sleazy characters (and scenes), and horrendous dialogue. "Whatcha got in the basket? Easter Eggs?" This is one of the Best Bad films I've seen (up there with Troll I and II, Chupacabra Terror, and Chopping Mall). I particularly enjoyed the Disgusting Blob Brother's sexual frustration and the black wo-MAN (I couldn't tell until she practically took off all her clothes and even then). All the Roach Hotel's patrons were hilarious, especially the crazy woman who just shows up and tells random stories and then disappears quickly.

Basket Case is great for Bad Movie Connoisseurs and gore lovers. Fantastic... I want to watch again!

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Just a Bad film Escarpe
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So this is what the simpsons spoofed off of? senatorlemon
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This isn't a hotel!!! ermathebody75
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