Basket Case [Blu-ray]


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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. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

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Release Date
Arrow Video
MPAA Rating
R -- Restricted
1 hour, 31 minutes
  • Dolby Digital Mono
  • PCM Mono
  • Blu-ray region A (North America, Central America, South America, Japan, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia)
  • Blu-ray region B (Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East, Greenland, French territories)
  • Blu-ray region C (India, Mainland China, Russia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Central and South Asia)
  • English
Video 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
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