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Frank Henenlotter (written by)
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Release Date:
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 »
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Possibly the ultimate grindhouse exploitation movie See more (119 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)
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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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Certification:
Australia:R | Finland:K-18 | France:-12 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Italy:VM18 (TV rating) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:(Banned) (video rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) (1999) (2012) | UK:X (original rating) | 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 »
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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 »
Quotes:
Josephine:[Shortly after booking into the hotel, Duane is accosted by a strange woman he does not know] Hi! I'm Josephine! What room are you in?
Duane Bradley:Seven.
Josephine:Oh, you are so lucky! That's the best room in the place! It was lived in by a little old lady who only went out on Sundays. She lived there for ages, used to tell everyone she was rich, owned oil wells in Texas, had millions, and was hiding from her relatives who were trying to steal it from her. She'd creep up to you and say...
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29 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Possibly the ultimate grindhouse exploitation movie, 13 October 2003
Author: squeezebox from United States

BASKET CASE is, for what it is, superb.

That's not to say it is technically proficient or boasts particularly good performances from its actors. But it's intelligent, creepy and viciously horrific.

A young man, Duane, enters a seedy Times Square motel carrying a large wicker basket. Inside the basket, as we soon discover, is his monstrously deformed Siamese twin brother, Belial. Belial looks like a twisted lump of fat and gristle, with two clawed arms and an eerily human-like face. He was, not so long ago, attached to his brother's side, until his father and some crooked surgeons decided to seperate the brothers against their will. Now the pair is in Manhattan, to do away with the doctors who performed the operation.

The very premise is as bizarre and sordid as one can imagine. And the movie doesn't disappoint. Everything is washed out with red and blue neon, every location is dirty and grungy, every character is twisted or crazed. The movie jerks the viewer's emotions around brutally, going from silly to grim to nightmarish to funny to horrifying to tragic. It may take the movie a little while to sink in. If you allow it to, it will leave you speechless.

BASKET CASE is a classic of exploitation cinema. It's as gruesome as any splatter movie and sleazy as any grindhouse porno, but it's far better written and crafted than most of its type. It's a nightmare not unlike David Lynch's ERASERHEAD, but with a more EC-comics feel. If a mixture of sleaze, extreme gore, expressionism and poetic justice are your cup of tea, don't pass up BASKET CASE!

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