Basket Case

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"The tenant in room 7 is very small, very twisted, and very mad."
  • R
  • 1982
  • 1 hr 31 min
  • 6.2  (21,484)
  • 77

Basket Case is a unique horror movie from 1982 directed by Frank Henenlotter. The plot of the movie is centered on a young man named Duane Bradley, who is carrying a strange, wicker basket. The contents of the basket are kept hidden and a mystery for most of the movie. Duane has come to New York City, where he rents a room in a rundown hotel in the heart of the city. He is a quiet and reserved young man who doesn't talk much and keeps to himself. However, he is constantly plagued by nightmares and visions of a horrible event that happened in his past.

As the movie progresses, the contents of the basket are revealed to be his deformed, Siamese twin brother, Belial. Duane and Belial were born conjoined twins, but Duane's parents had the two separated when they were young. The operation was botched, and Belial was left severely deformed and unable to communicate. The two brothers are inseparable, and Duane is fiercely protective of his brother.

However, the brothers have arrived in New York City with a purpose. They are seeking revenge against the doctors who separated them and left Belial for dead. The brothers begin a killing spree, and Duane's involvement in the murders becomes more and more pronounced.

The movie is gory and violent, with some scenes that could be unsettling for some viewers. The special effects used to depict Belial are particularly impressive, especially considering the low budget of the movie. The puppet used to depict Belial is both grotesque and endearing, and the audience is made to feel sympathy for the little monster.

In addition to the gore and horror, there is also a great deal of humor in Basket Case. The movie has a tongue-in-cheek quality that makes it stand out from other horror movies of the time. The performances by the actors are all done with a wink and nod to the audience, and the script is filled with witty one-liners.

The movie's setting in New York City adds to the atmosphere of the film. The city is portrayed as dirty and dangerous, with the Bradley brothers navigating through the seedy underbelly of the city.

Overall, Basket Case is a unique and entertaining horror movie. It's not for everyone, as some viewers may find the violence and gore too much to handle. However, for fans of horror movies, Basket Case is a classic that shouldn't be missed.

The cast of the movie is relatively unknown, but they all give great performances. Kevin Van Hentenryck is particularly impressive as Duane, conveying a sense of inner turmoil and desperation. Terri Susan Smith and Beverly Bonner both give memorable performances as the women who befriend Duane and unwittingly become involved in the madness.

In conclusion, if you're a fan of horror movies and haven't seen Basket Case, it's definitely worth checking out. It's a unique and entertaining movie that still holds up today. Just be prepared for some gore and violence along the way.

Basket Case is a 1982 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 31 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.2 and a MetaScore of 77.

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    1 hr 31 min
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    6.2  (21,484)
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