Basket Case – The Trilogy | Schlock king Frank Henenlotter’s gross-out cult slashers get the Second Sight treatment

Basket Case Trilogy

From Second Sight Films comes the midnight movie favourite, Basket Case, remastered on Blu-ray using the original 16mm master. If you still own the old VHS or have a dodgy TV recording on DVD, then now is the time to chuck it.

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Schlock director Frank Henenlotter‘s madcap 1982 horror parody follows vengeful Siamese twins Duane and Belial as they set out to kill the doctors who separated them as children. While Duane (Kevin Van Hentenryck) is a normal-looking teen, his brother is a hideously-deformed monster. Featuring a host of zany characters, hilarious death scenes and the longest screen scream ever, this is one film that deserves its cult status.

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The two sequels, made eight years after the original, finds fugitives Duane and Belial hiding out with Granny Ruth (played by reknowned jazz singer Annie Ross) at her home for deformed individuals and doing battle with tabloid journalists and corrupt police officials who want to cash in on their infamy at the Times Square Freak Brothers. While the sequels are a much more slapstick comic affair, possessing an Addams Family air, with a creature menagerie that look right out of The Monster Club, its great to have Henenlotter’s warped trilogy together in one box-set. Mind you, watching Belial having sex with a fellow freak is still a bit of a gross-out.

The extras on the Second Sight Films box-set trilogy include a making of featurette with the director and stars; outtakes; trailers; a photo gallery; and an interview with illustrator Graham Humphreys who did the ghoulish artwork for the box-set.


About Peter Fuller

Peter Fuller is an award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with a special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.

Posted on June 28, 2014, in Cult classic, Exploitation, Horror, Must See, Must See, Must-See and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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