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Basket Case 1 [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!
Here's a sick little movie for you--a creepy-funny shocker that's become a semi-cult classic since its release in 1982. It's a cheesy, low-budget horror flick about a small-town geek who arrives in New York City's Times Square carrying his mutant, telepathic twin brother in a big basket (hence the movie's title, get it?). They were once Siamese twins, and now they're seeking gory revenge against the doctors who surgically separated them against their will! Talk about brotherly love! The "normal" sibling has to keep his brother well- fed, and the basket-dweller's appetite runs the gamut from hamburgers to hookers. There's plenty of lowlife "meat" to be found in the seedy motel where the brothers live. Not exactly mainstream fare, as you might already have guessed, but director Frank Henenlotter handles the gruesomeness with resourceful ingenuity. The movie even gathered enough horror-buff momentum to spawn two lesser sequels in 1990 and 1992, which is all the proof you need to add this dubious trilogy to the gross-out hall of fame. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In the quiet town of Glens Falls, a very nervous Dr. Lifflander is suddenly attacked by....well... something.Something very small, misshapen, and very mad.Something with a swollen claw-like hand which rips the good doctor's face off.Basket Case is about a young man who was born with a Siamese twin attached to his side.At an early age, the monstrous twin was surgically removed, but lived to deeply resent his cut-off day.His normal looking brother goes to New York, carrying a large basket is the hideous twin.Neither brother can rest until they avenge their surgical separation by killing the doctors responsible.
"Quirky horror on no budget."
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Directed by low budget hero Frank Henenlotter, "Basket Case" relates the complicated tale of Duane Bradley (Kevin Van Hentenryck). When we first meet up with Duane, he's acquiring lodgings at one of New York City's finer hotels-alright, it's really some rat hole where the dregs of humanity hang out when they aren't collecting unemployment or waiting for the liquor store to open. Duane wants a room so he can be closer to the three doctors who performed a special operation on him some years before.Read more ›
A young man roams the streets of New York with a wicker basket in his hands. In it sits the twisted lump of flesh that is his brother. Once upon a time, the brothers were attached and lived happily together but all that changes in a heartbeat. In a truly memorable scene that will have tears falling freely from your eyes, the boys are cut apart and Belial, the disfigured twin is thrown out with the trash. Grievoulsy wounded and left for dead, Belial uses all his remaining stregth to alert his brother, Dwyane, that he is still alive. Years pass and the brothers, hidden from society, have devised a plan to get back their honour and take revenge on those who have wronged them. Its all out war as the two brothers turn New York into their personal slaughter house. The Doctors who separated them better run because when the basket arrives at their doorstep, there will be no quarter given! All goes according to plan until dwayne falls in love with a secretary. 3 is indeed a crowd and belial tries to get his brother back to business the only way he knows how...
The DVD transfer here is amazing. The good folks at 'something wierd video' have cleaned this baby up and its as pristine and crisp as it can be. The sound mix is creepy good fun. And the thing is loaded with special features that any fan of this film will appreciate. 'In search of the hotel broslin' is my favorite. We get generous helpings of gore in this one. Medical instruments to the face, claws ripping off faces, claws tearing into guts, claws grabbing gonads and on and on. Will satisfy the gorehounds. T&A: some pretty large chest pillows make an appearance towards the end of the film. The ladies get both Belial and Dwayne nude.
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 it's 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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This is truly a classic for the whole family to gather around and watch on movie night.Published 15 months ago by Captain Rhodes
Waste of money. A very low budget movie and extremely poor acting. This movie should not even be allowed to be sold !Published on April 14 2013 by Dinodog
great movie came on time and it good condition will buy again if the seller keeps up with the great shipping!!Published on Dec 21 2011 by Timothy James Hein
Every generation or so, a movie appears that redefines the boundaries of the medium, that turns the status quo on its collective head and brings about a paradigm shift in broader... Read morePublished on Oct. 7 2003 by Earl Hoffert
This movie is just way too ugly looking to be good. I know special effects shouldn't matter, but sometimes you need just a little bit to help push a picture along. Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2003 by Jeremy D. Cannon
Basket Case delights me to no end. Its cheesy special effects, terrible acting, and absurd plot keep my friends and I laughing almost non-stop. Read morePublished on March 24 2003 by Benjamin Tucker
Aside from featuring my favorite film line EVER (See above), Basket Case does have a few other redeeming qualities. Well, maybe not redeeming, but entertaining. Read morePublished on March 13 2003 by Daniel V. Reilly