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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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Basket Case was a funny, scary, and shocking low-budget horror film from Frank Henenlotter See more (123 total) »


  (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?

When Duane checks into the Hotel Broslin he takes out a wad of cash. According to Frank Henenlotter, the film's director, this was the film's entire budget.See more »
Continuity: When Duane is sleeping Belial opens his basket and looks at him, the basket lock latch disappears/reappears.See more »
Josephine:Your brother? What is he? A midget?
Duane Bradley:No, he's deformed!
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Basket Case was a funny, scary, and shocking low-budget horror film from Frank Henenlotter, 30 April 2010
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.

After first glancing at the article of this movie in the book "Cult Movies 2" some 25 years ago, I finally watched Basket Case today having bought the VHS from a used video store about a month ago. It concerns conjoined twins Duane (Keven Van Hentenryck) and Belial (which is a mixture of a puppet and stop-motion animation) and their revenge against the doctors that tore them apart. There's also a romance between Duane and one of the doctors' receptionist, Sharon (Terri Susan Smith). Written and directed by Frank Henenlotter, Basket Case is obviously low-budget and amateurish with cheesy moments to spare especially whenever Belial attacks someone. But it can also provide some genuine scares and shocks especially when Belial encounters Sharon. So on that note, Basket Case comes highly recommended. P.S. One of the players, a Dorothy Strongin who played Josephine here, died in my current hometown of Baton Rouge, LA, on May 25, 2006.

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