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Basket Case 2 -- In this 80s cult classic, Duane and his basket-bound mutant brother are back at it again - this time taken in by a secret home for wayward freaks with many journalists hot on their tail.


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17 August 1990 (Japan) See more »
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Duane and his basket-bound mutant brother are taken in by a secret home for wayward freaks with journalists hot on their tail. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Kevin Van Hentenryck ... Duane

Judy Grafe ... News Woman

Annie Ross ... Granny Ruth
Heather Rattray ... Susan
Chad Brown ... News Man
Beverly Bonner ... Casey
Leonard Jackson ... Police Commissioner
Alexandra Auder ... Nurse Sherri

Brian Fitzpatrick ... Cop

Gale Van Cott ... Desk Clerk
Kuno Sponholz ... Sick Old Man

Kathryn Meisle ... Marcie
Dominic Marcus ... Security Guard
Doug Anderson ... Snoring Cop
Jason Evers ... Lou the Editor
Jan Saint ... Lyle Barker
Matt Mitler ... Arty
Michael Rubenstein ... Clancy

Ted Sorel ... Phil
George Andros Aries ... Worm Man
Deborah Bauman ... Mouse Face
Marianne Carlson ... Huge Arthur
David Emge ... Half Moon
Jim Farley ... Pearl
Ron Fazio ... Leon
Joseph Leavengood ... Leon
Tom Franco ... Frog Boy
Jeri LeShay ... Ellice

Matt Malloy ... Toothy
Jeffrey Danneman ... Toothy
Jody Oliver ... Brainiac
Nick Roberts ... Platehead
Michael Rogen ... Man with 27 Noses
Sturgis Warner ... Frederick the Pinhead

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

Produced by
James Glickenhaus .... executive producer
Edgar Ievins .... producer
Original Music by
Joe Renzetti 
Cinematography by
Robert M. Baldwin 
Film Editing by
Kevin Tent 
Makeup Department
Gabriel Bartalos .... special makeup effects artist
Barbara Anne Bock .... special makeup effects crew: special effects assistant
Andy Clement .... special makeup effects crew: special effects assistant
Gino Crognale .... special makeup effects crew: first assistant
Dan Frye .... makeup artist
Joel Harlow .... special makeup effects crew: special effects assistant
Bill Messina .... special makeup effects crew: special effects assistant
Nick Santeramo .... special makeup effects crew: special effects assistant
Paul Sciacca .... special makeup effects crew: special effects assistant
Production Management
Declan Baldwin .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ted Hope .... assistant director
Art Department
Wendy Jo Cohen .... props
Gary Levinson .... set designer
Sound Department
Paul Bang .... sound mixer
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Sean O'Neil .... boom operator
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Robert Gann .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Dennis Hamelin .... optical layout
Al Magliochetti .... optical supervisor
Shelly Morrow .... optical assistant
Camera and Electrical Department
Rob Koch .... grip
Linda Phillips .... electrician
Casting Department
Meredith Jacobson .... local casting
Editorial Department
Michael Levine .... first assistant editor
Stan Sztaba .... negative cutter
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
Other crew
Howard S. Berger .... assistant location manager
Howard S. Berger .... assistant to director
Jeff Kushner .... production assistant
Dominic Marcus .... adr voice actor
Larry Meistrich .... location assistant

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90 min
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One of the paper's headlines hanging on the wall in the editor's office reads "Woman's Severed Head Lives" and shows a still shot from the movie "The Brain that Wouldn't Die". Jason Evers, who plays the editor, starred in that film.See more »
Miscellaneous: In the ending credits the title of "Faust" 's aria "Dai campi, dai prati" is misspelled as "Dai campi, dai 'prapi'".See more »
Granny Ruth:I understand your pain, Belial, but ripping the faces off people may not be in your best interest.See more »
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Mutant Love, 24 October 2005
Author: TonyDood from United States

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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