Basket Case

Basket Case

Sean McCabe
Director: Frank Henenlotter Cast: Sean McCabe
Sean McCabe
, Kevin Van Hentenryck
Kevin Van Hentenryck
, Ilze Balodis
Ilze Balodis
Frank Henenlotter


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The poor social skills of a young yokel turn out to have a horrifying explanation in this low-budget splatterfest, which marks the debut of Frankenhooker director Frank Henenlotter. The film begins with a bloody prologue and the arrival of young Duane Bradley (Kevin Van Hentenryck) at a broken-down New York hotel full of drunks, hookers, and assorted weirdos. An upstate native with few big-city survival skills, the earnest Duane seems slightly off. He flashes lots of bills at the hotel manager, carries a large wicker basket with him, and seems bewildered at the variety of characters on display. Once he's alone, Duane's own behavior becomes bewildering as he talks incessantly to some unseen presence and drops prodigious quantities of fast food into his basket. After Duane visits a surgeon's office and the doctor gets rendered into a mangled corpse, all becomes clear; Duane is half of a pair of Siamese twins who were separated against their will in a brutal operation a decade earlier. Belial, his lumpen, beachball-sized brother, secretly survived the procedure and now wants to exact revenge on those who separated him from Duane. Things go according to plan except for one thing: Duane falls hard for coy, busty Sharon (Terri Susan Smith), the receptionist of one of the nefarious doctors. That doesn't sit well with the malformed Belial, who's as attracted to Sharon as he is jealous of Duane's romance with her. Although no sequel appeared for several years, Basket Case was eventually followed by Basket Case 2 and Basket Case 3: The Progeny; Hentenryck and Belial also make a cameo in the director's Brain Damage.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/27/2018
UPC: 0760137105282
Original Release: 1982
Rating: R
Source: Arrow Video
Region Code: ABC
Time: 1:31:00
Sales rank: 10,830

Special Features

Brand new 4k restoration from the original 16mm negative by MoMA Brand new Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Frank Henenlotter and star Kevin VanHentenryck Archival Audio Commentary wiht Frank Henenlotter, Producer Edgar Levins, actress Beverly Bonner and filmmaker Scooter McRae Basket Case 3- 1/2: An Interview with Duane Bradley - brand new short film by Frank Henelotter Me and the Bradley Boys - a brand new interview with actor Kevin VanHentenryck A Brief Interview with Director Frank Henenlotter - a strange 2017 interview with the Director Seeing Double: The Basket Case Twins - a band new interview with actress Beverly Bonner The Latvian Connection - brand new featurette including interviews with Producer Edgar Levins, casting person/actress Ilze Balodis, Associate Producer/Special Effects artist Ugis Nigals and Belial performer Kika Nigals Belial Goes to the Drive-In - a brand new interview with film critic Joe Bob Briggs Basket Case at MoMA - footage from the 2017 restoration permiere What's in the Basket? - feature -length documentary covering the three films in the Basket Case series In Search of the Hotel Broslin - archival location featurette The Frisson of Fission: Basket Case, Conjoined Twins, and "Freaks' in Cinema - A brand new video essay by Travis Crawford Slash of the Knife (1976, 30 minutes) - rarely seen short made by Frank Henenlotter featuring many of the same actors from Basket Case, including optional Audio Commentary with Frank Henenlotter and playwright Mike Bencivenga Basket Case and Slash of the Knife outtakes Belial's Dream (2017, 5 mins) - animated short by filmmaker Robert Morgan Extensive Image Galleries Trailers, TV & Radio Spots Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck

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

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