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Basket Case (1982)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror | 2 April 1982 (USA)
A young man carrying a big basket that contains his extremely deformed Siamese-twin brother seeks vengeance on the doctors who separated them against their will.


Frank Henenlotter




Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Van Hentenryck ... Duane Bradley (as Kevin VanHentenryck)
Terri Susan Smith Terri Susan Smith ... Sharon
Beverly Bonner ... Casey
Robert Vogel Robert Vogel ... Hotel Manager
Diana Browne ... Dr. Kutter
Lloyd Pace ... Dr. Needleman
Bill Freeman Bill Freeman ... Dr. Lifflander
Joe Clarke ... O'Donovan
Ruth Neuman Ruth Neuman ... Duane's Aunt
Richard Pierce Richard Pierce ... Duane's Father
Sean McCabe ... Young Duane
Dorothy Strongin Dorothy Strongin ... Josephine
Kerry Ruff Kerry Ruff ... Detective
Ilze Balodis Ilze Balodis ... Social Worker
Tom Robinson ... Thief in Theater


Charming country bumpkin Duane Bradley takes a motel room in New York with a basket and a backpack. In a flashback sequence we learn the basket contains his surgically removed Siamese twin - who is not only so physically deformed the doctors hesitated to consider him a human, but is also the vindictive driver behind their trip, with the purpose of killing off all those he blames. But in one of those doctors' offices, Duane gets his first-ever date, with the receptionist, and wants to start a positive life. When the freak twin escapes, the scene is set for a grim finale. Written by KGF Vissers

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What is the secret Dwayne is hiding in the basket? Open it... if you dare! See more »


Comedy | Horror


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Cult film critic and guru Joe Bob Briggs has often praised Basket Case as a masterpiece of exploitation cinema and was a fervent supporter in its distribution. See more »


When Duane is sleeping Belial opens his basket and looks at him, the basket lock latch disappears/reappears. See more »


Aunt: [Reading to young Duane and Belial] Art thou afraid? No monster, not I. Be not afraid, for the isle is full of sights, sounds, and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not. Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments will humm about mine ears. And sometimes voices, that if I then had waked after long sleep would let me sleep again. And then in dreaming, the clouds we thought would open and show riches ready to drop upon me, that when I waked, I cried to dream again...
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Crazy Credits

Since the crew only consisted of three or four people, many of the names in the credits are fictitious. See more »

Alternate Versions

The initial US release, while still unrated, was cut by the distributor to eliminate virtually all of the blood and gore. The violence was later re-inserted when the film started playing the midnight circuit. See more »


Referenced in Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore (2010) See more »

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So sleazy you'll want to take a shower afterwards!
26 August 1999 | by Casey-52See all my reviews

I first saw this horribly grainy movie back when I was around 12 years old. It was such a traumatizing experience, I thought I would wet my pants in the Dr. Needleman death scene! Then I discovered the Something Weird digitally remastered version this year and I absolutely love it now! I now realize it was meant to be funny in many places; it gets more campy with every viewing (that's not bad) and the over-the-top gore effects help it hold that position. Like the title of this review says, you seriously might think of steering clear of New York City after watching this movie. The only two movies I can think of that make New York look like a filthy, dirty abyss would be the ones mentioned in the other reviews, TAXI DRIVER and HARDCORE. To rebutt a fellow reviewer's point: Casey the prostitute is not hairy, but is on the chunky side! This movie is highly recommended as campy viewing at best. If anyone actually watches this movie while taking it seriously (it obviously doesn't want to be), of course they won't like it! But this is required for fans of cult movies, horror movies, and any of those who love the offbeat. Me included!

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Release Date:

2 April 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$35,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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