BASKET CASE: LIMITED EDITION REVIEWED
“Basket Case” gets a brand-new release from Arrow. The transfer was based on elements sourced from the Museum of Modern Arts. If you’re a horror newbie, I’ll break it down for you rather fast. Country rube Duane arrives in New York City with a strange basket. It turns out that Duane and his basket brother Belial are taking revenge on the surgeons that split the Siamese Twins apart. Now, they sport mild telepathic powers and a deep rage against the medical professionals.
What follows is a mix of early 80s NYC exploitation with some rather fun Stop-Motion animation. The animated effects really stand out on this transfer. While it was noticeable on the old Something Weird Blu-ray, it doesn’t quite pop like this release. The grand takeaway is the sheer volume of special features on the set. You can spend hours going between featurettes and interviews about the production. Mind you that this film has a dedicated fanbase.
If you can’t hang with the first film, then the sequels will utterly lose you. For those that aren’t bothered, then welcome into a beautiful world of brotherly crime.
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- 1.33:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM MONO
RELEASE DATE: 2/27/18
The Plot Thus Far
The feature debut of director Frank Henenlotter (Brain Damage, Frankenhooker), 1982’s Basket Case is perhaps his most revered – a riotous and blood-spattered midnight movie experience, now immortalized in a lavish new 4K restoration by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
Duane Bradley is a pretty ordinary guy. His formerly conjoined twin Belial, on the other hand, is a deformed, fleshy lump whom he carries around in a wicker basket. Arriving in the Big Apple and taking up a room at the seedy Hotel Broslin, the pair set about hunting down and butchering the surgeons responsible for their separation. But tensions flare up when Duane starts spending time with a pretty blonde secretary, and Belial’s homicidal tendencies reach bloody new extremes.
Filmed on a shoestring budget against the backdrop of 1980s New York (where the movie would become a staple of the infamous 42nd Street grindhouse circuit), Basket Case has clawed its way from its humble origins to become one of the most celebrated cult movies of all time.