Duane recovers from his delusional breakdown to find his freakish basket-bound brother Belial will soon become a father. But not everything is joyous as the once tight knit brothers no longer seem to trust each other.
Kevin Van Hentenryck,
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Frank Henenlotter's BASKET CASE 2 picks up right where the original BASKET CASE leaves off. After surviving the fall from their hotel room window, Duane Bradley and his misshapen, basket-dwelling brother Belial are taken to the city hospital. By now, their attempt at leading a secret life is blown, and the pair have become media darlings across the country. Meanwhile, Duane's long-lost Aunt learns of their situation and, along with her pregnant daughter Susan, helps them escape from the confines of the hospital and the eye of the press. Duane and Belial's aunt, known as Granny Ruth, takes them under her wing at her mansion, which serves as a safe haven for hideously deformed freaks of all shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, the whereabouts of this dynamic duo don't remain secret for too long, and Duane and Belial team up with Susan, Granny Ruth, and her houseful of mutants to devise a plan to do away with the exploitative reporters once and for all. Written by
Matt Huls (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This film is really original. I have respect for any movie that can make you laugh, make you sick, make you a little nervous AND inspire concern all at the same time, especially considering it probably cost a total of 50 cents to produce, from the look of things.
Everyone remembers how Duane's brother was a mutant lump cut off and left for dead in the garbage, then Duane tossed the whole mess in a basket and they became a homicidal tag-team. The story continues with the brothers being rescued by an older lady and her daughter who run a home for outcast mutants, and the complications that follow.
This film is a lot like Tod Browning's "Freaks"; it isn't "horror," really, the story is told from the point of view of the monsters, who are far more interesting and poignant than the evil people around them. The difference is that "Freaks" was played more straight and this is played mostly for laughs and splatter. I think the combination works well--one of the few cases where cheesiness actually works in a movie's favor. There's something really disturbing about how well everything is lit, how matter-of-fact everyone in the mutant household is, how light everything is played. You can tell the director is gently nudging you in the side, but that he's ready to pounce on you like a snake with fangs at any moment if you get too comfortable.
Witness the scene where the wonderful Annie Ross is trying to coax Belial out of hiding--it's sweet, a little sad, realistic, fascinating...and creepy too (where IS Belial, and when will he appear?). It's played with complete sincerity and works on a dark level. There's a uniquely disturbing scene in a bar slowly filling up with background characters that you don't quite notice (at least the first time) that works some great paranoia in. And the ending is just downright nasty. It's a testament to the abilities of the director that he was able to juggle pathos, black humor, gore and psychological disturbance all at once. Which is not to suggest that he was so talented--this IS a bad movie and the third sequel was even cheaper and worse, in my opinion...and I wasn't impressed with anything else by him, and his team of friends. But this is not much like any other movie I can think of--on the "weird-o-meter" it gets a solid 8!
I wish the make-up had been a tad more realistic, some of the silliness could have been toned down and the acting leaves something to be desired...but I'll always be a sucker for a movie about a house full of homicidal mutant lunatics who live in harmony with one another, and this one starts with that concept and keeps going from there. Worth a look if you liked the old late-80's series "Monsters" which this resembles a lot.
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