Basket Case (1982) Reviewed

"Hey buddy...What's in the basket?"

"Hey buddy -- What's in the basket?"

Basket Case is the story of a boy and his deformed, surgically detached Siamese twin, whom he carries around in a basket. Belial has quite a temper though so don’t cross him or he’ll fuck you up. He’s jealous too, which means “normal” brother Duane has to watch who he gets close to. Most of the action takes place in the seedy underbelly of a pre-Gulianni NYC. BC has a gritty feel and a great dark sense of humor that prevents it from ever being actually scary. But it’s fun, and it was groundbreaking for its budget at the time. There’s lots of gore but the cheapie effects are more endearing than effective. Director Frank Henenlotter would continue exploring similar ground with mixed results (Brain Damage, Frankenhooker, et al.). A perfect drive-in movie chiller. ***

~ by Number5ive on November 17, 2008.

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