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Basket Case
     

Basket Case

4.5 2
Director: Frank Henenlotter

Cast: Sean McCabe, Kevin Van Hentenryck, Ilze Balodis

 

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"What's in the basket?" is the question on everyone's mind in the low-budget horror movie Basket Case. Elite Entertainment has done admirable work on this cult classic starting with a 1.33:1 full-frame transfer. Sporting all kinds of grain and dirt, this is a very rough transfer, but with the amount the budget ended up being, this is not surprising. Certainly

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"What's in the basket?" is the question on everyone's mind in the low-budget horror movie Basket Case. Elite Entertainment has done admirable work on this cult classic starting with a 1.33:1 full-frame transfer. Sporting all kinds of grain and dirt, this is a very rough transfer, but with the amount the budget ended up being, this is not surprising. Certainly it would have been nice to have seen the images and colors a bit clearer; however, this may be the best Basket Case ever looks. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono and while unimpressive, it works fine in the confines of the film. Dialogue and effects tend to have a small amount of distortion, but overall this is a decent and clean soundtrack. No subtitles or alternate tracks are included on this disc. This edition of Basket Case is crammed full of special features that should make any horror fan drool. To start with, there is an entertaining commentary track by director Frank Henenlotter, producer Edgar Levins, and actress Beverly Bonner. All three participants are full of stories and tidbits about the making of the film. Next up on the disc is a video short titled "In Search of the Hotel Broslin," a small documentary about the locations used in the film. Some radio interviews are included with actress Terri Susan Smith, as well as a gallery of promotional art and behind-the-scenes photos, radio spots for the film, outtakes, behind-the-scenes footage, a TV spot, two theatrical trailers, and a very bizarre short titled "Beverly Bonner's Laugh Track," which is essentially a plug for her public access TV show. All in all, this edition of Basket Case is a bundle of horror fun!

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
This quirky, inventive little comedy-shocker was only the first of many efforts from writer/director Frank Henenlotter, and it's certainly his most modestly budgeted outing. The gory auteur gets around this problem throughout much of the film by using suggestion rather than explicit special effects and focusing on the clash between Kevin Van Hentenryck's wholesome if offbeat Duane and the assortment of freaks who surround him in his bowery abode. With this fish-out-of-water framework in place, the director slowly teases out his revelations about evil twin Belial, culminating in an extended flashback that is among the film's most cheerfully creepy segments. The lumpy little guy himself is often shown only in flashes, jumping out of his basket on attackers or attached to his victims' necks. Unfortunately, Henenlotter stretches his budget with a pair of extended sequences that utilize stop-motion animation of a quality several steps below that of your average Christmas claymation extravaganza. Far more effective are those scenes that go for lots of blood and just a little Belial, or those that use puppetry, stationary poses, and offbeat humor. (One sequence involving indoor plumbing proves particularly amusing.) Although Beverly Bonner makes a strong impression as Casey, the hooker with a heart of gold who befriends the bewildered Duane, the rest of the acting is what you'd expect from a low-budget horror film. Playing Duane like a particularly winsome autistic child, Van Hentenryck exhibits a strange kind of charisma, but it's hard to tell whether he's a master thespian or just inexperienced. Lucky for him, Henenlotter has learned a lot from the schlock horror of the '50s and '60s, and fashioned a vehicle that renders all such questions of quality and skill moot.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2001
UPC:
0014381074628
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
12,451

Special Features

New film-to-tape digital transfer; Audio commentary by director Frank Henenlotter, producer Edgar Levins, and actress Beverly Bonner; Two theatrical trailers; TV spot; Outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage from the director's personal collection; Special Video Short: "In Search of the Hotel Broslin"; Gallery of "Basket Case" exploitation art and never-before-seen behind-the-scenes photos; Two rare "Basket Case" radio spots; Two radio interviews with actress Terri Susan Smith; Clips from Beverly Bonner's comedy cable TV show, "Beverly Bonner's Laugh Track"

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean McCabe Young Duane
Kevin Van Hentenryck Duane Bradley
Ilze Balodis Social Worker
Terri Susan Smith Sharon
Beverly Bonner Casey
Tom Robinson Thief in Theater
Chris Babson Casey's Date
Robert Vogel Hotel manager
Diana Browne Dr. Judith Kutter
Maria T. Newland Patient
Lloyd Pace Dr. Harold Needleman
Florence Shultz Nurse
Bill Freeman Dr. Julius Lifflander
Mary Ellen Shultz Nurse
Constantine Scopas Hotel Tenant
Charles Stanley Hotel Tenant
Sydney Best Hotel Tenant
Johnny Ray Williams Hotel Tenant
Yousef Abuhamdeh Hotel Tenant
Lubi Kirsch Hotel Tenant
Catherine Russell Hotel Tenant
Mitchell Huval Hotel Tenant
Pat Ivers Street Girl
Emily Armstrong Street Girl
Noel Hall Drake
Bruce Frankel Second Detective
Russell Fritz Casey's John
Richard Pierce Mr. Bradley
Kerry Ruff Detective
Joe Clarke Brian "Mickey" O'Donovan
Ruth Neuman Aunt
Dorothy Strongin Josephine

Technical Credits
Frank Henenlotter Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Ilze Balodis Casting
Arnie Bruck Executive Producer
John Caglione Makeup Special Effects
Ken Clark Makeup
Bruce Frankel Camera Operator
Kevin Haney Makeup Special Effects
Jerome Horowitz Asst. Director
Edgar Ievins Producer
Tom Kaye Executive Producer
Frederick Loren Art Director
David Maswick Score Composer
Ugis Nigals Makeup
Gus Russo Score Composer
Jonathan Sinaiko Camera Operator
Mort Tashman Production Manager
Peter Thomas Sound/Sound Designer
Bruce Torbet Cinematographer
Emily Webster Sound Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Title; First Strike! [3:31]
2. Hotel Broslin [8:51]
3. Nosy Neighbors [2:55]
4. A Visit to the Doctor [8:41]
5. All Worked Up [8:48]
6. Don't Touch That Dial [3:27]
7. Belial Goes Bonkers [9:09]
8. Brotherly Love [6:02]
9. The Split [4:49]
10. Apart, But Not Alone [6:36]
11. Simply Irresistible [7:19]
12. An Adolescent Punk With a Smoldering Grudge [4:47]
13. Jealousy [4:37]
14. A Horny Little Devil [7:11]
15. Falling Out [2:49]
16. End Credits [1:18]

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Basket Case 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was great if you can enjoy a b-rated horror movie for what it is. Belial is great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I swear that i watched this movie and collapsed a lung. Though its not supposed to be funny, who could not laugh at Belial?