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Basket Case 2

Kevin Van Hentenryck , Judy Grafe , Frank Henenlotter    R (Restricted)   DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Sequel To The Cult Classic BASKET CASE!!! Oct. 26 2011
Format:DVD
Fans of the original Basket Case had to wait nearly a decade for
this sequel to Frank Henenlotter's smash hit.

For anyone curious, Basket is about the Bradley brothers, Duane (Kevin Van Hentenryck) and his misshapen blob twin Belial. Both were born Siamese twins and were separated when they were young. Their father, blaming Belial for their mother's death, has Belial thrown out in the garbage after the separation. After he's mysteriously killed, we jump to several years later. The Bradley twins come to New York to hunt down and kill all the 3 doctors that were involved in the separation.

Well, Basket Case 2 continues that same night Basket Case ended with both
of the Bradley twins surviving their fall out of the window of the
Hotel Broslin window during the film's intense climax. Their rushed to the hospital where Belial awakens and kills a few more people. Now wanted fugitives, Duane and Belial are busted out of the hospital by Granny Ruth (renowned jazz singer Annie Ross) and her granddaughter Susan (Heather Rattray).

The story gets a bit weird from there. Granny Ruth takes them into seclusion in her mansion where there are other freaks hiding. Duane and Belial slowly grow apart after the events of the first movie and Duane is ready to put the past behind him and move on. Belial has even found a love interest, a female version of himself named Eve, who takes an equal liking to him.

That is until a nosy tabloid reporter named Marcy (Kathryn Meisle) gets wind of Granny Ruth and The Bradley boys' possible location. Whilst Duane is still trying to leave with his new found love interest Susan, Granny Ruth pleads with him to stay.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New Friends For Duane & Belial... Nov. 13 2005
By M. Jarrett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
BASKET CASE was a cult horror hit thanks to its gory premise and the story of two brothers, one normal and one a lumpen deformed monster, out for revenge against the doctors that separated them. The movie was a great premise for revenge against those out to destroy their very lives. Of course, you can't forget the ending in which the tension from Belial's jealously over Duane's romance with coy, busty Sharon builds to a rather unfortunate sibling dispute. After plunging from the third floor of the hotel from a brawl between each other, it may have been believed that they were both dead...ah, but this is a horror movie, and there's no way you'd really think that these two could not survive a fall like that.

So, after inevitably surviving a dangerous plummet from the Hotel Broslin sign, Duane and Belial end up in a hospital, where the recuperation takes effect almost immediately for Belial, who's really pissed off and wants to get back at more of the people he doesn't like. So he and Duane, who looks badly bruised and just beat altogether, plan an escape, and they kill off a cop and manage to make their way out of the hospital. There's a snooping reporter, though, and she wants to expose them so they'll get justice for the murders. Granny Ruth and Susan, her daughter, decide to help the brothers recuperate and take refuge in her sanctuary of "unique individuals" who all have some deformities. We have a "pinhead" Frankenstein; we get a guy who has humongous teeth; we get a Belial-like girl who Belial falls in love with; and we get a guy with dozens of noses on his face...plus the other oddities you have to see to believe. When a cop and a reporter decide to team up, along with a sniveling little photographer, things get really out of hand. They try to infiltrate the house, and well, all the special people have other plans for them, and soon the photographer is murdered by Belial, and now things aren't what the reporter hoped they would be. Now, it's up to Phil to help stop the brothers, and he confronts them at a bar, which turns out to be quite the wrong move. The reporter's just desserts are equally as disgusting, and you'll actually enjoy the gruesome ending of the film that leaves it open perfectly for the not-as-strong BASKET CASE 3, which still manages to entertain. While awaiting the release of this flick on DVD in a US version, I am still entertained by the highly enjoyable original and the less memorable third sequel on DVD.

Overall, though, BASKET CASE 2, while not as memorable as its predecessor, is still a very entertaining flick that feels more horror than comedy, though there are some mildly humorous moments, but most of that is left to the third film. If you liked the first film, you should find many things to enjoy with this very entertaining sequel.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best And Strangest Movies Ever Nov. 21 2004
By Stephen B. O'Blenis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
Switching gears a fair bit, "Basket Case 2" retains the continuity and the ferociousness of the first "Basket Case", and is certainly equally bizarre (if not more so!) but has added in more humor and even a great deal of fun. Humor and fun? After the searing and almost traumatically shocking nature of the original, adding in these elements in abundance , plus moments of great beauty, would be one thing - and would take a great deal of magic to pull off the transition - but to do it even while holding onto the savagery and the tragedy that made the original such a unique entry in the annals of horror is quite another. Incredibly, just such a feat is pulled off flawlessly. "Evil Dead 2" successfully combined intense goriness with comedic freakout-ishness, but this goes even beyond that. It's like combining "Gremlins" or even "Return Of The Killer Tomatoes" with "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", something which should be impossible to do right without the contrasting elements crippling each other. Another way to view it is the Creature Cantina scene from "Star Wars" done as a horror movie set at the Fawlty Towers hotel.

Picking up years after the first movie, Duane and Belial find a place in the world at a home run by a kindly woman for 'unique individuals' (meaning Belial-type mutants, though Duane is readily accepted into the fold as well) and unique is certainly one way to describe them. The greatly improved special effects are necesary to bring to life this weird and wonderful assortment of characters, and the acceptance into this haven quells Belial's murderous bloodrage. Both he and Duane even find love in their new home. But when their sanctuary is threatened by outside forces, it's an uprising the likes of which film has never seen before.

Clearly, the ambiguity of the first movie gives way to a more direct representation of Belial as the protagonist, but by no means is he a tame creature, and it's not unthinkable that he could go completely out of control even after finding sanctuary. The prescence of brighter elements in no way means the horror is gone, and there are shocks in the movie both happy and terrifying. I'm probably not doing full justice to the movie, but a film like this simply defies easy description. I noted in my writeup on the first one that there was never another movie like it. Well, this is a worthy and faithful followup but indeed quite unlike its predecessor in many ways, yet somehow, despite all odds, maintaining excellent coherency. And, there would never be another movie quite like "Basket Case 2" either - the third installment is even more bizarre and warps in different directions! Truly, the Basket Case trilogy is one of the most unbelievable series in film history, and Part 2 is as mind-blowing as any of them. This HAS to come out on DVD eventually.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Frank Henenlotter Crown Jewel Aug. 14 2008
By Captain Insanity - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
TWO WORDS!!!
UNTAPPED GENIUS!!!!
Part Lewis, part Argento, part Cronenberg, and part Jackson.
It's a wonder that directors like Peter Jackson, & Sam Raimi, who produced similar movies, became HUGE!,
while Frank Henenlotter who produced 5, count 'em 5, excellent bizarro horror comedies, faded into cinematic obscurity.
The man is untapped genius!!!
Someone needs to tell Hollywood to get it together!!
Everyone knows how much the other 2 made them.
That being said....
This film is without a doubt, Frank Henenlotters crowning achievement.
A better example of his work... does not exist.
The screen explodes with more grisly monstrosities than you're gonna see anywhere else! ANYWHERE ELSE!!!
And they all look freakishly amazing!
And amazingly freakish!!
A Chernobyl sideshow!!
Each one is more unbelievable than the last!
If you could believe the last one!!
If I were to see this movie as a child, I would have been scared out of my skin tone.
I would have been a blubbering, floor-clutching, puddle of a mess.
If Zelda from "Pet Semetary" kept my eyes nailed open all night;
this movie would've kept me up screaming and hugging my knees.
There are so many horror-defining visulas at the end of this movie,
you're gonna wonder if you're having a psychotic meltdown or a horrific epiphany.
If "Freaked" had a big, ugly brother, it would be Basket Case 2.
The acting is awful on almost everyones part.
Everyone except Annie Ross, who turns the "creepy factor" all the way up through the roof.
But everything else if the stuff hilarious nightmares are made of.
This is the hidden horror gem you've been mining for.
Behold it in all it's horror-comedy glory.

MORAL OF THE STORY:
It's 10:PM,
Do you know where your hideously deformed, homicidal, siamese twin brother is??
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Freak-Y June 14 2008
By Stanley Runk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Horror's favorite set of Siamese twins return. They survived the fall and are now on the run from the law. They find refuge with "Granny Ruth" who runs a kind of boarding home for freaks. When a snoopy reporter catches wind of the "Freak Twins" residing with Granny Ruth, it threatens to blow the whistle on Ruth's family. The freaks are then forced into action.
The Basket Case concept may have seemed like a one trick pony, but Henenlotter's formula still works. He even manges to expand and introduce new ideas where you wouldn't expect. It winds up being a very interesting film that's just about as good as the first film(or even better according to some) The humor is played up more, and this is a wise decision coz you really can't make a scary or serious film with this kind of plot. Though still a low budget affair, Henenlotter is working with a bigger budget than before. The freak makeup FX aren't terribly realistic looking, but they certainly are elaborate. Sometimes it's even overwhelming. Belial is touched up a bit. In fact, I think he looks considerably bigger than he did in the first movie. The movie goes for a more heartwarming and family type vibe with the freaks. This is where my only complaint with the movie comes. You're supposed to be on their side and hope they never get found out and exploited. This is all fine and dandy, but there are scenes when Belial and the other freaks kill innocent folks who don't deserve it. Even Duane and Granny Ruth seem to have no hangups about slaughtering a bartender just so the freaks could gain access to the bar for a few minutes. I don't mind them slaughtering the schmucks who threaten them, but it's hard for me to work up sympathy for them when at times, they are no more than just cold blooded killers. But that's not too big of a deal. After all this is just a schlocky cult film, right?
Anybody who liked Basket Case has probably already discovered this film, and certainly don't need a recommendation. But just let it be said that it's well worth seeing for cult movie fan.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sick pleasure June 4 2003
By Eric Beach - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
This is actually a good movie, granted the 1st was a classic, this one is much more gory, demented fun. Don't expect an awesome movie just enjoy it for it's sick pleasure. The freaks, the plot, the gore even belial himself are better than the original. You don't have to, but try to see pt. 1 1st.. sit back, be disgusted and have fun with this one beotch...
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