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Basket Case 3 (1991)

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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Van Hentenryck ...
Gil Roper ...
Dan Biggers ...
Uncle Hal
Little Hal
Tina Louise Hilbert ...
Carla Morrell ...
Twin #1
Carmen Morrell ...
Twin #2
Jackson Faw ...
Tim Warle ...
Jerry G. White ...
Beverly Bonner ...
Fast Food Manager
Rick Smailes ...
Jeff Winter ...


The saga of Times Square Freak Twins Duane and Belail Bradley takes its most bizarre twist yet. It all starts innocently enough when the Bradley boys join kindly doctor Granny Ruth and her family of unique individuals for a road trip through the deep South.. The occasion - Belail's about to become a proud monster father - and no basket is big enough to hold this ungodly brood! But when a pair of warped sheriffs deputies kidnap Belai's babies Granny Ruth and the family strike back. Belial single handedly decimates the local police station with crazed, Terminator like fury - and that's just the beginning. Threatened with the loss of the newest additions to their family, Granny Ruth and the others concoct a delicious revenge against their enemies, climaxing in Belial's futuristic one-on-one with the town Sheriff. Written by BasketCase

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It's Time To Build A Bigger Basket!


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Rated R for graphic monster violence, sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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February 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Basket Case 3: The Progeny  »

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Shot in 27 days. See more »


When the Sheriff walks up onto Uncle Hal's porch you can see a tape marker on the porch floor, on which he later places the item which he is holding. See more »


Sheriff: Good Lord, what the hell is going on here?
Opal: Oh Daddy, thank God you're here!
Sheriff: What have I told you about messing with my prisoners!
Opal: He attacked me!
Sheriff: Put that blouse back on young lady, and get rid of that bull whip!
Duane Bradley: I can explain.
Sheriff: And just who the hell are you?
Duane Bradley: Duane Bradley, sir. I'm being held against my will.
Sheriff: Didn't I see you on that bus today?
Opal: He's a freak, Daddy, his brother's a monster!
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75 people are thanked under the "Thanks to" section. See more »


Referenced in Muriel's Wedding (1994) See more »


Written by Harold Logan (as Logan) and Lloyd Price (as Price)
Performed by Annie Ross and the Renzettes
Courtesy of Lloyd and Logan Music
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Basket Case 3 Movie Review from The Massie Twins
1 April 2009 | by ( – See all my reviews

It helps to have seen Basket Case and Basket Case 2 before viewing the final entry of the trilogy, but it's definitely not necessary. As with most of these incredibly silly, monstrously cheesy gory 90's B-movies, the plot is of marginal importance. The inventive and bizarre character designs are at their most appealing in this final chapter, the script is at its most ridiculous, and the ideas are crazier and make much less sense. The acting is expectedly pitiful and the plot is pointless at best, but the increasingly more self-aware accidental humor is generous enough to warrant seeing this utter schlock for yourself. It's difficult not to laugh at film-making this absurd.

Susan and her alien-like hand-puppet child Bernard are dead (in the second film she is the daughter of long-lost Aunt Ruth) and Duane (Kevin Van Hentenryck) has been locked up in a straight jacket and padded cell by freak caretaker Granny Ruth (Annie Ross). Despite her literal bus load of deformed underlings, she remains one of the most abnormal of the bunch. Duane plots an escape to reunite with his once-conjoined twin Belial, a disfigured fleshy blob who communicates telepathically. Belial's equally deformed girlfriend Eve is now pregnant (it happens during the opening scene and their coupling is a cinematic horror that must be seen to be believed), causing Ruth to pack up the crew and leave New York for the pleasantly rural Peachtree Valley to meet her husband Uncle Hal Rockwell (Dan Biggers), the doctor who can help with the delivery.

When Belial witnesses the birth of his twelve mutant babies, a dredged-up recurring vision of his original surgical separation from Duane maddens him to the point of murder. Meanwhile, Duane gets himself imprisoned in the local jail where the cops get wind of a comically sizable reward for capturing the "Times Square" killers and journey to the Rockwell's mansion to kill Belial. Once there, the sight of so many freaks turns them hysterical, and they make off with the basket of one dozen growling ghastly babies, leading to an all-out war between the police and the army of miscreations.

The bizarre mutants are the highlight of the film, showcasing a creative knack for oddities and outlandish blood effects. Belial always ends up being little more than a puppet with the occasional animatronic expressions, but Eve and every other monster adorns massive and elaborate prosthetics and makeup reminiscent of grotesquely metamorphosed Star Wars inhabitants. "That's not a pet, goddammit! That's my nephew!" screams Duane, who was thankfully portrayed in all three films by the same actor (an appropriately demented performance).

In the same way that Sam Raimi embraced a comedic approach by the time he reached his third Evil Dead film, returning director Frank Henenlotter seems to have fully accepted taking Belial and his family of grotesqueries with only a grain of seriousness. There's still gruesome makeup effects, violent bloodshed and gratuitous nudity, but all of it is over-the-top and humorous. The character of Opal (Tina Louise Hilbert) adopts some disturbingly erotic fetishes as she toys with Duane in jail, Belial dreams of being fondled by busty naked girls (Playboy's Morrell Twins, in one of their only feature film roles) and Eve's malformed children are tossed around like jelly-filled donuts. At least everything in Basket Case 3 goes beyond the first two in extremes, even if it's all nonsensical; hilarity proceeds every line of dialogue, the plot becomes exponentially weirder by the minute, and no signs of a fourth film are anywhere on the horizon.

  • Mike Massie

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