Starring: Kevin Van Hentenryck, Terri Susan Smith, Beverly Bonner,
Directed by: Frank Henenlotter
Story: Duane, a troubled 20 something comes to New York to find himself.
Unfortunately, the thing inside the wicker basket Duane carries around with
him has more sinister intentions.
Anyone who reads my reviews knows I have a weakness for low budget
films. Numerous times I have spouted the virtue of heart over high tech
when it comes to the horror movies I enjoy. Basket Case is one of those
flicks that I love AND hate at the same time. The whole plot revolves
around Duane and his “brother”, Belial. Once thought to be a tumor
growing on Duane’s side, Belial grew into a head with a partial torso and
malformed arms. In an effort to make Duane more “normal”, Belial is
removed from Duane’s side like a cancerous tumor and thrown away like
yesterday’s garbage. Showing brotherly love, Duane rescues Belial and
proceeds to raise and nurture the grotesque cast off, transporting him
around in an old wicker basket to hide his abhorrent appearance.
Unfortunately for Duane, Belial inherits a homicidal grudge against those
who sought to extract him.
The plot is horrible (as if the above paragraph didn’t clue you in), the
actors are sub-par and Belial looks like a really pissed off piece of silly putty
with shark’s teeth (even worse when stop motion is used). Here’s where
the love/hate thing kicks in: the special effects are awesome by 1982
standards. It looks as though the money not spent on quality actors or
sets was funneled into the gory FX. Even the scenes of revenge look as
though laborious amounts of time were focused upon them. The kills are
original, graphic and a lot of fun – I would place them on par with anything
Friday the 13th or other films of the time were producing. Although I’m still
trying to wrap my head around the scene where Belial, bereft of a lower
torso, commits a rape on an unsuspecting woman. Basket Case is a cult
classic and worth the rent. However, you might want to make sure you
have plenty of adult beverages on hand for the lulls in between the kills.
Genres: Comedy, Horror
Runtime: 91 minutes
Studio: Basket Case
Online since: February 20th, 2006
Review done by: Gruesome Griffon