starring: Kevin Van Hentenryck, Terri Susan Smith and Beverly Bonner
I love Frank Henenlotter's movies and I love how most of his topics involves bodily disfigurement and "weird biology". While it's not entirely new to the slasher genre to have disfigured killers, not with the likes of Jason Voorhees for starters, the Wrong Turn and Hill Have Eyes (remake) mutants and even the obscure Gunther from The Funhouse (1981), but it's not everyday that we see half a mongoloid going around in a rampage.
Basket Case is Henenlotter's first film, capturing a honest vision of New York's dark underbelly as a dirty, sleepy underside where anything can happen and the grittiest are can be found right around every corner. The movie is all about blood and sleaze within the vicinity of the concrete jungle, as most of the brother's attacks occurs in apartments, cinemas and hospitals (in broad daylight even!), capturing the claustrophobic horror that happens everyday.
A cult classic in the slasher-monster hybrid, Basket Case is a loud, gooey, and sleazy big city slasher with one of the most original villains to be showcased in exploitation history. Just goes to show that a rampaging torso can do much stalking and killing as any able-bodied maniacs can! It's a fun, weird (and at times, funny) film that's just ticking right close to being decent, if it wasn't for the cheesy special effects of the film. But fans of the weird horror would always find a heart to love this film, and so do true horror fans.
|Hi, I'm Duane, and I dream of myself streaking the streets of New York...|
1 male mauled to death
1 male mauled in half
1 male had his face clawed repeatedly
1 female dies from childbirth (mentioned in flashback)
1 male sawed in half by contraption (flashback)
1 elderly female passes away (flashback)
1 female forced face first into scalpels and got them sticked to her face
1 female had her neck crushed
|AAAAAAAAHHHH!!AAAAHH! AAH! GRAAARR!!! AAARRHH!!!|
(translated: All I wanted was to eat some brains...)