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Basket Case [Blu-ray]

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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!


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


Product Details

  • 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:
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  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0053TWVS2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,022 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
'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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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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"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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Having owned the 20the anniversary DVD since it's release, I was a little weary of this on blu-ray. After all, a 16mm 1:33.1 shoestring-budget film shot almost 30 years ago, would be a hard-sell on high-def. But boy, I am glad I caved.

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.
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The early 80s had plenty of slashers high budget films and low budget films. There are plenty of great 80s films and well I love most of the 80s horror films, as you can tell by now I am a huge horror fan and while it's sometimes easy to please new horror films just don't succeed, today's horror films are all about, sex, nudity, drugs, and stupid characters who are played by talentless actors who were only chosen for their looks. Yes true, back in the 80s there was terrible acting and some movies were/are bad but they still succeeded at either giving us good characters that are likeable or plenty of blood and slashing. So with Basket Case, as usual I'll cover the good, the bad, and the ugly, speaking of ugly Belial is no hound dog himself.

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.
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