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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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?


At one point Kevin van Hentenryck (Duane) refers to "Duane" during a scene with Casey at the bar. Though often thought to be a continuity error, van Hentenryck said in later interviews he did this intentionally as he was playing "Belial" during that sequence. See more »


As Dr. Cutter's date pours wine, the wine bottle swaps from her right to left hand. See more »


Sharon: What's in the basket? Easter eggs?
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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 Australian version, released on the Roadshow Home Video label, is uncut, and is the same as the American unrated version. See more »


References Aroused (1966) See more »

User Reviews

Love it!
2 June 2005 | by electronsexpartySee all my reviews

I went into Basket Case thinking "Oh God, this is going to be excruciating." The first five minutes totally shattered my expectations.

This movie wasn't boring and horrible- it was hilarious, gory and great. I laughed hysterically at the bad acting, Crayola paint blood, sleazy characters (and scenes), and horrendous dialogue. "Whatcha got in the basket? Easter Eggs?" This is one of the Best Bad films I've seen (up there with Troll I and II, Chupacabra Terror, and Chopping Mall). I particularly enjoyed the Disgusting Blob Brother's sexual frustration and the black wo-MAN (I couldn't tell until she practically took off all her clothes and even then). All the Roach Hotel's patrons were hilarious, especially the crazy woman who just shows up and tells random stories and then disappears quickly.

Basket Case is great for Bad Movie Connoisseurs and gore lovers. Fantastic... I want to watch again!

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Release Date:

2 April 1982 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$35,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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