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25 May 1988 (France) See more »
The movie that will blow your mind! See more »
One morning, a young man wakes to find that a small, disgusting creature has attached itself to the base of his brain stem. The creature gives him a euphoric state of happiness but demands human victims in return. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Calling all you Basket Case sickies out there See more (49 total) »


  (in credits order)

Rick Hearst ... Brian (as Rick Herbst)
Gordon MacDonald ... Mike
Jennifer Lowry ... Barbara
Theo Barnes ... Morris
Lucille Saint-Peter ... Martha
Vicki Darnell ... Blonde in Hell
Joseph Gonzalez ... Guy in shower
Bradlee Rhodes ... Night watchman
Michael Bishop ... Toilet victim
Beverly Bonner ... Neighbor
Ari M. Roussimoff ... Biker

Kevin Van Hentenryck ... Man with basket
Michael Rubenstein ... Bum in alley
Angel Figueroa ... Junkie
John Reichert ... Policeman
Don Henenlotter ... Policeman
Kenneth Packard ... Subway rider
Artemis Pizarro ... Subway rider
Slam Wedgehouse ... Mohawked punk
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniel Frye ... Zoned out Clubgoer (uncredited)
John Zacherle ... Aylmer (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Henenlotter 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frank Henenlotter  writer

Produced by
Andre Blay .... executive producer
Al Eicher .... executive producer
Edgar Ievins .... producer
Ray Sundlin .... associate producer
Original Music by
Clutch Reiser 
Gus Russo 
Cinematography by
Bruce Torbet 
Film Editing by
Frank Henenlotter 
James Y. Kwei 
Art Direction by
Ivy Rosovsky 
Makeup Department
Gabriel Bartalos .... makeup effects
Dan Frye .... makeup artist
Richard Mayone .... makeup effects crew
James McLoughlin .... makeup effects crew
Nick Santeramo .... makeup effects crew
Production Management
Ed Walloga .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gregory Lamberson .... first assistant director (as Greg Lamberson)
Visual Effects by
Al Magliochetti .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Boyle .... second grip (as Rick Boyle)
Peter Clark .... camera operator
James M. Muro .... Steadicam operator (as James Muro)
Karen L. Ogle .... still photographer
Mike Spera .... camera rental
Editorial Department
Jim Finn .... negative cutter
Briton J. Petrucelly .... assistant editor
Michael Tobias .... dailies editor
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Matthias Donnelly .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Gabriel Bartalos .... creator: "Elmer"
David Kindlon .... creator: "Elmer"

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84 min | 86 min (uncut version)
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Horror host Zacherley provided the uncredited voice of Aylmer.See more »
Continuity: When Brian wakes up bloody, the blood on his left hand disappears and reappears between shots.See more »
Aylmer:This is the start of your new life, Brian. A life without worry or pain or loneliness, a life filled instead with colors and music and, euphoria... A life of light and pleasure.
Brian:But who are you? What are you?
Aylmer:I am you, Brian. I'm all you'll ever need.
Brian:I don't understand.
Aylmer:You will, Brian. From now on your life will take on a whole new light, and all you have to do is look into the light, and listen. Listen to the light, Brian, just listen to the light...
Brian:Yes, yes, I'd like to again, but... I don't see it now.
Aylmer:Then I'll make you a deal. I'll show you the light, if you'll take me for a walk.
Brian:A walk? Where?
Aylmer:Anywhere you like. I'm, uh, hungry.
Brian:Wait, wait, I'm confused! I'm not following any of this.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Calling all you Basket Case sickies out there, 5 February 2013
Author: PeterMitchell-506-564364 from Australia

We've got a new killer freak, it's size less than the length of my hand: Elmer. He attaches himself the the brain of this poor sod, giving him wonderful highs, but if Elmer doesn't get what he wants, e.g. to suck out the brain of a whore, our poor Brian gets monster headaches. How smart was this film? Basket Case fans will love this. Brian's Girlfriend and his brother start to sense changes, as Brian becomes comes a recluse, staying in his bedroom. His brother seizing the chance, even makes the moves on his girlfriend. When Brian catches them in bed, he doesn't even care. We too can feel Brian's high, and Elmer's funny to look at, if captivating, we can barely make out his mouth. Enough gore to satisfy, that's for sure, in this follow up to the superior Basket Case, this quiet straight to video flick is worth the watch. We even have a surprise guest on a train, carrying a basket no less.

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