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Basket Case 2

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Duane Bradley (Kevin Van Hentenryck, reprising his role from the first film) and his surgically-separated brother Belial return in this frightfully gory follow-up to Frank Henenlotter's original monster movie classic, BASKET CASE. After surviving a fall from a hospital window, the two brothers become a target of the media. Duane's aunt, Granny Ruth (played by world-renowned jazz singer Annie Ross), whisks the duo away to a secluded mansion where other freaks-in-hiding live out their days away from public scrutiny. But when a snooping tabloid reporter finds the location of the mutants, Duane his new family must stand together to keep their freedom a secret... and, in all the chaos, Beliah might actually find... true love!
Synapse Films is proud to present BASKET CASE 2 in a beautiful, new high-definition transfer from the original 35mm camera negative.

Special Features:
  • Anamorphic Widescreen [1.78:1] High-Definition Transfer from the Original 35mm Negative
  • TWO MONSTROUS FEATURETTES: David Emge Featurette and BEYOND THE WICKER, a behind-the scenes look at the Making of BASKET CASE 2

About the Director

Frank Henenlotter is a classic cult film director. He has directed films such as BASKET CASE 1-3, BRAIN DAMAGE (also available from Synapse Films) and FRANKENHOOKER!

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  • Actors: Alexandra Auder, Jason Evers, Matt Malloy, Kathryn Meisle, Dominic Marcus
  • Directors: Frank Henenlotter
  • Writers: Frank Henenlotter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V6LT08
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,753 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Basket Case 2" on IMDb

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By M. Jarrett on November 13, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
BASKET CASE was a cult horror hit thanks to its gory premise and the story of two brothers, one normal and one a lumpen deformed monster, out for revenge against the doctors that separated them. The movie was a great premise for revenge against those out to destroy their very lives. Of course, you can't forget the ending in which the tension from Belial's jealously over Duane's romance with coy, busty Sharon builds to a rather unfortunate sibling dispute. After plunging from the third floor of the hotel from a brawl between each other, it may have been believed that they were both dead...ah, but this is a horror movie, and there's no way you'd really think that these two could not survive a fall like that.

So, after inevitably surviving a dangerous plummet from the Hotel Broslin sign, Duane and Belial end up in a hospital, where the recuperation takes effect almost immediately for Belial, who's really pissed off and wants to get back at more of the people he doesn't like. So he and Duane, who looks badly bruised and just beat altogether, plan an escape, and they kill off a cop and manage to make their way out of the hospital. There's a snooping reporter, though, and she wants to expose them so they'll get justice for the murders. Granny Ruth and Susan, her daughter, decide to help the brothers recuperate and take refuge in her sanctuary of "unique individuals" who all have some deformities. We have a "pinhead" Frankenstein; we get a guy who has humongous teeth; we get a Belial-like girl who Belial falls in love with; and we get a guy with dozens of noses on his the other oddities you have to see to believe. When a cop and a reporter decide to team up, along with a sniveling little photographer, things get really out of hand.
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Format: VHS Tape
Switching gears a fair bit, "Basket Case 2" retains the continuity and the ferociousness of the first "Basket Case", and is certainly equally bizarre (if not more so!) but has added in more humor and even a great deal of fun. Humor and fun? After the searing and almost traumatically shocking nature of the original, adding in these elements in abundance , plus moments of great beauty, would be one thing - and would take a great deal of magic to pull off the transition - but to do it even while holding onto the savagery and the tragedy that made the original such a unique entry in the annals of horror is quite another. Incredibly, just such a feat is pulled off flawlessly. "Evil Dead 2" successfully combined intense goriness with comedic freakout-ishness, but this goes even beyond that. It's like combining "Gremlins" or even "Return Of The Killer Tomatoes" with "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", something which should be impossible to do right without the contrasting elements crippling each other. Another way to view it is the Creature Cantina scene from "Star Wars" done as a horror movie set at the Fawlty Towers hotel.

Picking up years after the first movie, Duane and Belial find a place in the world at a home run by a kindly woman for 'unique individuals' (meaning Belial-type mutants, though Duane is readily accepted into the fold as well) and unique is certainly one way to describe them. The greatly improved special effects are necesary to bring to life this weird and wonderful assortment of characters, and the acceptance into this haven quells Belial's murderous bloodrage. Both he and Duane even find love in their new home. But when their sanctuary is threatened by outside forces, it's an uprising the likes of which film has never seen before.
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Part Lewis, part Argento, part Cronenberg, and part Jackson.
It's a wonder that directors like Peter Jackson, & Sam Raimi, who produced similar movies, became HUGE!,
while Frank Henenlotter who produced 5, count 'em 5, excellent bizarro horror comedies, faded into cinematic obscurity.
The man is untapped genius!!!
Someone needs to tell Hollywood to get it together!!
Everyone knows how much the other 2 made them.
That being said....
This film is without a doubt, Frank Henenlotters crowning achievement.
A better example of his work... does not exist.
The screen explodes with more grisly monstrosities than you're gonna see anywhere else! ANYWHERE ELSE!!!
And they all look freakishly amazing!
And amazingly freakish!!
A Chernobyl sideshow!!
Each one is more unbelievable than the last!
If you could believe the last one!!
If I were to see this movie as a child, I would have been scared out of my skin tone.
I would have been a blubbering, floor-clutching, puddle of a mess.
If Zelda from "Pet Semetary" kept my eyes nailed open all night;
this movie would've kept me up screaming and hugging my knees.
There are so many horror-defining visulas at the end of this movie,
you're gonna wonder if you're having a psychotic meltdown or a horrific epiphany.
If "Freaked" had a big, ugly brother, it would be Basket Case 2.
The acting is awful on almost everyones part.
Everyone except Annie Ross, who turns the "creepy factor" all the way up through the roof.
But everything else if the stuff hilarious nightmares are made of.
This is the hidden horror gem you've been mining for.
Behold it in all it's horror-comedy glory.

It's 10:PM,
Do you know where your hideously deformed, homicidal, siamese twin brother is??
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