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Basket Case [Blu-ray] (1982)

Kevin Van Hentenryck , Terri Susan Smith , Frank Henenlotter  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kevin Van Hentenryck, Terri Susan Smith, Beverly Bonner, Diana Browne, Robert Vogel
  • Directors: Frank Henenlotter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0053TWVS2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,238 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

New full-frame HD transfer preserving the original 16mm camera ratio

New video introduction by Frank Henenlotter

Audio commentary by director Frank Henenlotter, producer Edgar

Rare outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage from the Director's

Two theatrical trailers plus TV spot

2001 video short: In Search of the Hotel Broslin

Two rare Basket Case radio spots

Gallery of Basket Case exploitation art and behind-the-scene

Editorial Reviews

Carrying a mysterious wicker basket wherever he goes, Duane Bradley checks into a flea-bag hotel in New York’s Times Square. What’s in the basket, you ask? Why, it’s Duane’s hideously misshapen Siamese twin brother, Belial. Together, they’re in town to hunt down and wreak havoc on the sleazy surgeons who separated them...

With memorably gruesome scenes – such as the screaming woman with the scalpels stuck in her face – and some disturbing stop-motion animation, Frank Henenlotter’s Basket Case is one of the most beloved, cheerfully demented cult classicks of all time.

So go ahead and open the basket... if you dare!

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What's in the basket, kid? July 6, 2003
'The tenant in room 7 is small, twisted, and very mad.' One of my favorite tag lines from a movie. This is a great, low bugdet shlock horror/comedy from the early 80's. It involves two brothers and their plot to get revenge. I hate to give anymore away, but this is a cult classic that has spawned a couple of sequels. I haven't seen them, but I have seen this one, and it's lots of fun. The story is definately interesting with its flashbacks and the actors will never win any Oscars, but they really help to make this movie. And then there's the seedy locations. Basically this type of film making is called "using what you got and making the most of it". And then there's the special effects....not over the top, but effective enough to fit nicely with the story. The stop motion animation was a little cheesy, but then that added to the fun of the movie for me. All in all, I had a great time watching this movie.

Something Weird Video (SWV) did a really great job with this DVD. I was a little disappointed that the movie was only available in full screen format, but the amount of extras included was truly amazing. I really enjoyed the piece where the director goes back and tries to locate certain locations from the movie. Great stuff, and pretty complete.

So, in closing, if you want to see a low budget, gory, horror/comedy schlockfest that was done really well, get this movie, if you've got the guts. And as an added bonus, get a glimpse of what times square used to look like before it got all cleaned up and 'disneyfied'. Not a lot of footage on this, but a chance to see how seedy and raw it used to be, with it's hookers, grindhouses, triple-X theaters, etc., compared to what it is now.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BASKET CASE blu-ray info July 4, 2011
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I'm giving the movie itself 5-stars (how could someone grow up in the 80s/90s and not rent it is beyond me!) but it's a great one. Henenlotter started strong and kept it going.

But the info I want to make known is that the transfer for BC is a brand new one coming from the previously-thought lost negative. Henenlotter himself has stated online at places like Facebook that he thought he'd lost it but came across it a couple years back buried in his storage. He is excited about this as BC has never truly been seen the way he intended it to look -- transfer always came from beat up prints instead of the negative and never got the true attention he'd hoped for. This blu-ray will be a milestone for fans of Henenlotter, BASKET CASE, Belial and Something Weird Video. Here's hoping the BLOOD TRILOGY turns out as well!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly unforgettable horror film August 17, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
"Basket Case," directed by Frank Henenlotter, is one of my favorite horror films of all time. It tells the story of Duane, an ordinary young man with a bizarre secret: he carries his deformed, undersized former conjoined twin around in a basket (hence the film's title).
"Basket Case" has an appealing low-budget feel to it, and Kevin Van Hentenryck is very likeable as Duane. Belial, the deformed twin, is an oddly sympathetic character. Yes, the film contains some scenes that many will find sick and depraved, but it also contains some truly haunting images. Disturbing, sometimes funny, and curiously moving, "Basket Case" is a truly unique piece of cinematic art.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SICK, SICK, SICK, SICK November 13, 2001
Basket Case is WAY out there and so sick that the mouths of those watching it fall open in disbelief. This movie was made outside of Hollywood; the sets consists of a seedy flophouse (not a Hollywood soundstage designed to look like a flophouse), a 42nd street grindhouse movie theater, and what looks like an abandoned building that is supposed to be a doctor's office. The actors and extras look like they were not saleried but worked for a chance to be on film and/or a bottle of wine. There was not much money to be spent on this movie. Instead, this horror masterpiece relied on imagination and a twisted sense of humor to make it work. The story concerns a pair of separated Simease twins. Duane, the normal (normal as in being able to walk on his own and not scare people with his looks) carries his brother around in a wicker basket. The bother looks like a big glob of putty with claws and teeth. Their goal is to exact revenge on the doctor's who separated them. There is lots of blood shed, horrendous acting by non pros, and a femme fatale with the most ridiculous hairstyle ever put on celluloid.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Although its a brilliant, humorous, gory and entertaining horror movie, "Basket Case" is a movie that's probably not for everybody. For those seeking a big-budget, two-and-a-half-hour psychological affair with more twists and turns than your brain has room for, this is NOT for you.

If you want a low-budget, high-quality cheap-thrill of a comedy-horror crossover, "Basket Case" will become your new beloved Friday night splatter-fest. The plot has been retold in other reviews, so I won't get to that. However, I WILL pinpoint the highlights of this movie in hopes that they will inspire you to go check it out:

- Lots of blood and gore. You can tell how cheap the special effects are, but that's part of what makes them so great!
- Lots of cheap laughs/jokes, etc.. At one point, Duane and the nice lady across the hall from him, forget her name, go to a bar and have a little too much booze. Drunken hilarity ensured!
- Colorful and imaginative characters. There's a budding romance between Duane and the girl that works at a doctor's office he visits at one point. This adds a nice touch throughout the movie.
- Brotherly relations. Throughout the movie, we also see some develeopment between Duane and his severed brother, Belial. This actually adds depth to the movie and makes it even more interesting.
- Shocking ending. I won't give away what happens, but after you watch this movie, just know that there's a sequel so anything that may happen to Duane or Belial isn't permanent. (THANK GOD!)

In conclusion, "Basket Case" is a low-budget comedy-horror crossover full of cheap laughs, heavy gore, some brilliant character development and an ending that ensures a dynamic sequel! Pick this up for your rainy Friday night, kick back and enjoy the madness! Thanks for the time, and peace.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by kate elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it.
How I managed to miss this one growing up, I haven't a clue. However, I do remember there being a news piece that used an edited version of the Dr. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best worse movies ever
One of the best worse movies ever, this B-rated movie stars a little mutant baby stuck in a basket that seems to kill everything.. hilarious, not scary, but a classic B movie.
Published 3 months ago by Keoki DePonte
5.0 out of 5 stars What's in the basket?
I love this movie and had to pick up the special edition. The extras are worth it and at an excellent price to boot!
Published 3 months ago by wretchee
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as corney and great as I remember it
A classis B has some great stuff in this oldie...a must for any collection. Have not seen 2 or 3 yet...but think I will pass on those
Published 4 months ago by Rebecca Rinehart
5.0 out of 5 stars so bad it's good!
This movie has some of the worst acting and effects ever but it is one of the greatest 80s cheese horror movies ever!!! It is just so much fun to watch!
Published 4 months ago by Christine Lubicky
3.0 out of 5 stars Basket Case
So it was my first time watching this movie, and I'd give it a 3/5 on it. Not a favorite but it was decent. Clay animation was used in some parts but it was the early 80's. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rayna Robles
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie Awesom Extras!
Bravo to Something Weird Videos for the 20th Anniversary Special Edition release of BASKET CASE. This is a lesson on how all beloved horror films should be released on DVD or... Read more
Published 5 months ago by J.N.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This is the best. So glad i made the purchase. Can't say enough great things about it. This is a must buy in my opinion.
Published 7 months ago by heather
1.0 out of 5 stars Scary but....b-movie
I remember watching this as a kid and feeling creeped out by it. So I wanted to watch it again as an adult and it was soo cheesy. But I could see why I thought it was creepy. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lynn Allen
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