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Basket Case 2

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Although it took eight years for cult director Frank Henenlotter to revisit the twisted world of Duane Bradley Kevin Van Hentenryck and his basket-bound, mutant former Siamese twin Belial, this sequel picks up the plot mere moments after the original Basket Case ended, finding the psychically-linked brothers mangled but very much alive after the rather aggressive tiff that pitched them out a Bowery flophouse window. They manage to elude the authorities, escape the hospital to avoid having to explain the ...
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Overview

Although it took eight years for cult director Frank Henenlotter to revisit the twisted world of Duane Bradley Kevin Van Hentenryck and his basket-bound, mutant former Siamese twin Belial, this sequel picks up the plot mere moments after the original Basket Case ended, finding the psychically-linked brothers mangled but very much alive after the rather aggressive tiff that pitched them out a Bowery flophouse window. They manage to elude the authorities, escape the hospital to avoid having to explain the dozen-or-so murders committed by gnarled, lumpy Belial, and eventually find sanctuary at the palatial home of Granny Ruth jazz songbird Annie Ross, an eccentric activist who rallies the cause of "Unique Individuals" like Belial who have been ostracized by society for their horrific appearance and behavior. Unique, indeed... Ruth's tenants run the gamut from a boy with 18-inch teeth to a woman who looks like a hammerhead shark in a summer frock. Although the pair soon grow quite accustomed to their new home, they are eventually forced to confront their murderous past, thanks to a tabloid reporter and a cynical cop, both of whom come to regret sticking their noses into places where such appendages tend to get bitten off. Henenlotter deserves credit for exploring new terrain in this interesting follow-up, but his reliance on outrageous makeup effects diminishes the effectiveness of the "Monsters Are People Too" theme -- it's hard to work up much empathy toward Ruth's charges, depicted as mute automatons by actors wearing 70 pounds of foam latex on their heads. Not that Henenlotter doesn't return to grotesque form now and then -- particularly for the most disgusting love scene on record and the effective shock ending, which paves the way for yet another sequel.
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Special Features

Anamorphic widescreen (1.78:1) high-definition transfer from the original 35mm negative; Two Monstrous featurettes: The Man In The Moon Mask - all-new interview with actor David Emge, Beyond The Wicker - behind-the-scenes featurette; Chapter selections
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2007
  • UPC: 654930307199
  • Original Release: 1990
  • Source: Synapse Films
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 37,011

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Van Hentenryck Duane Bradley
Annie Ross Granny Ruth
Kathryn Meisle Marcie Elliott
Heather Rattray Susan
Matt Mitler Artie
Ted Sorel Phil
Jason Evers Lou the Editor
Beverly Bonner Casey
Leonard Jackson Police Commissioner
Alexandra Auder Nurse Sherri
Kuno Sponholz Sick Old Man
Dominic Marcus Security Guard
Doug Anderson Snoring Cop
Jan Saint Lyle Barker
Michael Rubenstein Clancy
David Emge Half Moon
James Farley Pearl
Ron Fazio Leon
Matt Malloy Toothy
Jody Oliver Brainiac
Sturgis Warner Frederick the Pinhead
Technical Credits
Frank Henenlotter Director, Screenwriter
Robert M. Baldwin Jr. Cinematographer
Gabe Bartalos Special Effects
James Glickenhaus Executive Producer, Producer
Edgar Ievins Producer
Joe Renzetti Score Composer
Kevin Tent Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Basket Case 2
1. Times Square Tragedy [7:22]
2. Talk Of the Town [4:06]
3. Family Addition [8:19]
4. Exhibit Is Closed [7:29]
5. One Of Them [8:17]
6. Brother to Brother [6:10]
7. Story Of a Lifetime [8:31]
8. Picture Proof [5:48]
9. Investigative Intervention [12:20]
10. Dying to Meet You [6:22]
11. Monster Bash [8:03]
12. Find Duane [6:36]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Basket Case 2
   Play Movie
   Chapter Selections
   Special Features
      Beyond The Wicker - Making of Featurette
      "The Man In The Moon Mask" - An Interview With David Emge
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