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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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Director:
Writer:
Frank Henenlotter (written by)
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Release Date:
April 1982 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Its mother conceived it... You won't believe it... See more »
Plot:
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 »
User Reviews:
One of my all-time favorites. See more (122 total) »

Cast

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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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Runtime:
91 min | Sweden:86 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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)

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Trivia:
In addition to providing a face cast for the Belial puppet, Kevin Van Hentenryck also performed the mutant twin's voice effects.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As Dr. Cutter's date pours wine, the wine bottle swaps from her right to left hand.See more »
Quotes:
Sharon:What's in the basket? Easter eggs?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Brain Damage (1988)See more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
One of my all-time favorites., 22 June 2001
Author: Cowman (cowman777@hotmail.com) from The Mitten State, USA

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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