Basket Case [20th Anniversary] [DVD] [1982]

"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!
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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"


Basket Case
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. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Kevin Van Hentenryck - Duane Bradley
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    Sean McCabe - Young Duane
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    Terri Susan Smith - Sharon
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    Beverly Bonner - Casey
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    Robert Vogel - Hotel manager

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