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Basket Case 3 (1991)

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.


Frank Henenlotter

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Van Hentenryck ... Duane Bradley
Annie Ross ... Granny Ruth
Gil Roper ... Sheriff
Dan Biggers Dan Biggers ... Uncle Hal
Jim O'Doherty ... Little Hal
Tina Louise Hilbert Tina Louise Hilbert ... Opal
Carla Morrell ... Twin #1
Carmen Morrell Carmen Morrell ... Twin #2
Jackson Faw ... Bailey
Jim Grimshaw ... Baxter
Tim Warle Tim Warle ... Brannon
Jerry G. White Jerry G. White ... Banner
Beverly Bonner ... Fast Food Manager
Rick Smailes Rick Smailes ... Elmo
Jeff Winter Jeff Winter ... Renaldo


The saga of Times Square Freak Twins Duane and Belial 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 Belial'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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Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 February 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Basket Case 3: The Progeny See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Frank Henenlotter admitted in an interview that he had to remove 11 pages of the script during filming because the producers decided to make the film less gory. See more »


When the grandmother is collecting items from the shelves in the convenience store, as the camera pans along, it is reflected in the mirrors in between each shelf. See more »


Baxter: We've gotta go out there with more than shotguns for Christs sakes. We're gonna need fucking bazookas!
Sheriff: Alright, alright, look. You boys have been through alot tonight. Bailey you book the Bradley boy. Baxter take the bassinet of baby Belial's in back and get Brody to come by! Where's Brannon and Banner?
Baxter: Bowling.
Bailey: It's thursday Sheriff.
Sheriff: Aha. Call the lane and tell 'em to get their butts back here! In the meantime, I'm going out there myself!
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Crazy Credits

After the credits at the end of the movie, you see a clip of Belial around two topless girls, seen earlier in the movie. 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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And I thought the second one was wacked out!
1 December 2005 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

After going crazy and stitching Belial back on himself at the end of the second film, Duane is now slapped into a straight jacket and kept in a room for months until he's better. After being released by Granny Ruth he founds out that Belial is going to be a father. So, Ruth organises a road trip with her family to the deep south to meet a doctor she knows that could actually help deliver the infants. Although, after the delivery a couple of officers kidnap Belial's babies, which makes Belial incredibly angry and causes the horrific fury we've come expect from him.

First off, a word of warning… it's not a film for the uninitiated of cheap and twisted cinema. Pretty much what we got here is a wayward freak show, which has a charmingly campy appeal. I had to pick up my jaw from the ground, as it's just off the rails! If you've seen the second one, you know what to expect, even if it does up the ante on the craziness this time around. The first film was a sleazy classick, the second wasn't too bad, but this outing I thought was somewhat of an improvement on the first sequel. Only fans of the Basket Case films and that of incredibly wild and cheesy B-films will get something out of it. Frank Henenlotter's "Basket Case 3: The Progeny" is just as cheap and crude, but far more adventurous, with cartoon-style violence and twists that go one step further. Everything and I mean everything is played for wicked laughs. You got the quirky sense of humour and offbeat dialogue, that provides one corny one liner after another. Shoddy looking makeup and cheap rubbery effects actually dazzle, because you seen nothing quite like it, with Belial and his buddies looking okay and at least have different types of personalities and distinguishable features. Plus there's plenty of moments that pop up out the blue, like a musical number and kinky sexual act. But it's those eye popping sequences of Belial's grisly and inventive attacks that just make it so hugely exciting, especially the film's climax, which was a real hoot.

One thing you definitely notice throughout the series, is that when it came to this film there was more of a focus on Granny Ruth and her family of "unique individuals". The brotherly love seemed more drifted, but when those two shared the screen that's when most of best moments occurred. The film definitely felt more childish, but still there was an underlying cruel and ghastly tone to proceedings and the story also has a message about accepting others as the way they are. Just to be open-minded, really. There's some nice homage's from other films too and a rather brisk pace keeps things going. Henenlotter even adds a recount of what happened at the end of the second film to just refresh your memory, but that ending I don't think is that hard to forget when your thinking of the Basket Case films. Surprisedly the enthusiastic acting gets better, but by not much. Kevin Van Hentenryck again fitted the role perfectly as the oddball Duane, even if his character's persona is all over shop. But again its Annie Ross, who steals all the scenes she's in as the determined Granny Ruth.

Stupid? You're right about that, but it's just hilariously demented fun and nothing more!

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