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Basket Case [Blu-ray]
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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!
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
"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.
A young man and his deformed Siamese twin, separated at birth, check into a seedy 42dn Street hotel. They soon plot their revenge against the doctors who separated them. All the while causing some other mayhem at the hotel. This a fun, trashy and gory flick. Made back in the glory of days of true grindhouse cinema, when old 42nd Street was 42nd Street, sleazy, rundown, porno theaters, etc, before the Disneyification. An accurate representation of that era in NYC's history.
Lots of bloodshed in this one, gorehounds take note.(POSSIBLE SPOILERS) A man ripped in half, a woman with scalpels in her bloody face are just a taste of what we get. Again, that wonderful ultra-sleazy atmosphere and feel. Pure guerrilla film-making at it's finest. Lots of good laughs as well,unintentional, well, yes, but that's all the fun of it. It's too bad they don't make them like this anymore.
The blu-ray picture is as good as it's ever going to be. Fully restored to it's OAR of 1:33.1(when it was blown to 1.85, a lot of info was missing)and remastered from it's original 16mm negative, natural film grain abounds. Picture looks cleaner and more watchable than ever. Some blue scratches pop up occasionally, but they did on the DVD as well. Audio is the original mono track, so purists will be pleased. Very clear sound.
Extra wise, we get a new intro by the director, the man himself, the great Frank Henenlotter. For two minutes, he explains why he did this for blu-ray and the long process of doing so. Very nice.Read more ›
The Good: Some characters are interesting and fleshed out a little SOME, most of the acting ranges from good to a little bad, for the low budget the puppetry and stop motion looks good, the score is weird but in a good way which goes with the film nicely, the filmography is good, the dialogue is okay, and the gore well...the gore is great and there's plenty of it. Oh and by the way for those who have not read my other reviews it's really hard to gross me out and this one did not gross me out but then again I'm a guy who buried dead pets that were ran over in the road(for my family).
The Bad: A little bit of the acting is bad.
The Ugly: Nothing was down right terrible.
The Story: Duane carries around a whisker basket, and every one is dieing to find out what's inside,literally. Well Duane will only tell you what's in the basket if he's a little drunk. To tell you guys the truth, Belial is in the basket, he and Duane were Siamese twin brothers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie scared the hell out of me!!! Definitely the best horror movie ever made! Thanks a lot!Published 2 hours ago by frederick mcgill
I hadn't seen Basket Case since I was a kid and it doesn't hold up well at all. The graininess and stop motion effects make it look even older than it is combined with it's obvious... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Adamo
Basket Case is one bizarre movie that uses Claymation type special effects to good use. It's a low budget film but this is easily over looked due it being out and out bizzare!Published 2 months ago by Jeff
One of the best classic creature features. It's not your typical B flick but it is a much watch!Published 2 months ago by Chris Warkocki
not as good as I remember it from when I was a kid, but still weren't bad.Published 2 months ago by william pierce