Basket Case (1982)
Basket Case (1982)

Directed by: Frank Henenlotter
Produced by: Edgar Ievins
Written by: Frank Henenlotter
Starring: Kevin Van Hentenryck,
Terri Susan Smith, Beverly Bonner
Released: April 1982

Arriving in New York City with only a large basket in his possession, Duane Bradley (Kevin Van Hentenryck) gets a room at a cheap hotel. He is questioned about the contents of his locked basket, but Duane manages to avoid answering. Once safely within the privacy of his room, the contents of the basket are finally revealed. It harbours and transports Duane’s twisted and deformed siamese twin brother, Belial.

The twins had surgery performed on them when they were younger, a surgery that was forced upon them against their will, of which Belial seeks revenge from being separated from his normal-looking twin and being stored or carted around in a box. Belial is using Duane in order to seek out the Doctors responsible for their unwanted separation and kill them. When Duane meets s lovely young lady named Susan and begins a relationship with her. Belial is incredibly envious. The mutated twin begins setting his sights on Susan, as she is further separating him from his brother.
The film is certainly bizarre. It has the right blend of comedy and horror given it’s subject matter; and it became a rampant cult classic in the 1980’s on Home Video and thus spawned two sequels.


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