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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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Frank Henenlotter (written by)
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Release Date:
2 April 1982 (USA) See more »
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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:
A Classic 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
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)
 
Location Management
Peg Cornwell .... location coordinator
 
Music Department
David Maswick .... composer: theme in bar
Clutch Reiser .... musician: percussion (as Harold 'Clutch' Reiser)
 
Other crew
Ray Sundlin .... production executive
 

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Runtime:
91 min | Sweden:86 min
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Certification:
Australia:R18+ | 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:
The "bedtime story" that the boys' aunt reads to them is Shakespeare's "The Tempest." Specifically, she is reading them a speech by Caliban, a deformed, animalistic creature that once attempted to rape the protagonist's daughter and was enslaved as a result. The speech - found in Act 3, Scene 2 - is considered amongst Shakespearean critics as a moment of humanity for Caliban, as he comforts a newcomer to his island home by describing its natural beauty and tranquility.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Casey enters Duane's room to drop him off after he drinks a lot she proceeds over to the basket. By the basket is the file Duane and Belial retrieved after the first kill. On it is blood that is still red. With the amount of time that has passed it should have dried up and been maroon.See more »
Quotes:
Casey:[In the Bar] There's something I've been dying to ask you. What's in the basket?
Duane Bradley:My brother.
Casey:Your brother!
Casey:[Duane and Casey both laugh] What is he, a midget?
Duane Bradley:No, we're twins. Siamese twins
Casey:That's funny, you don't look...
Casey, Duane Bradley:oriental!
Casey:[Duane and Casey both laugh] So what happened? Somebody shrink him?
Duane Bradley:No, he's deformed. A freak, he looks like a squashed octopus!
Duane Bradley:Our mother died giving birth to us. He was attached to my right side. They wouldn't let us go to school or anything. They kept us hidden. We were the big family secret. everybody hated us, except our aunt. See, he likes the dark. He doesn't like to be seen, not even by me sometimes. And you know what else?
[...]
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Movie Connections:
References Bloodsucking Freaks (1976)See more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the BBFC-18 VHS and the uncut version?
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A Classic, 29 March 2000
Author: marleymom-2

Again here is another B-movie horror classic from my youth. It never takes itself too seriously yet Basket Case still retains a creepy atmosphere throughout. Could it be the grainy film quality, the seedy NYC enviorment or the stop motion antics of our hero(?) in question Bilial. If you are a fan of the weird macabre 80's low budget horror movie you have probably seen this already. If you haven't run out and try to find the uncut version. You won't be disappointed as long as you aren't looking for "Scream" or I saw what you did...........

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