Horrorfest 2018 Presents: Basket Case (1982, Frank Henenlotter)


Ah low budget 80s cinema showcasing a New York City I never got to experience. Basket Case is a wacky, gory and odd flick, one of those geek show movies you experience if you enjoy cult films. I happen to be one of those people, so I liked the trashy feel of this movie. After all, Basket Case features a man who keeps his deformed twin in a wicker basket, hence the title. The man goes and seeks revenge on those who seperated him from his freak brother, a monster that only he is able to communicate with.

I give Frank Henenlotter credit for making a horror movie that never comes off as too silly, as he knows when to dial in the camp factor. There are also some freaky scenes, particularly the death of a woman that has a good jump scare. I like the practical effects, too, as the creature puppet is wonderfully disgusting, and its an aspect of horror that I miss in this age of CGI. Kevin Van Hentenryck really shines in this film as the lead, and while the film is not more than an 80s creature feature its still a solid, entertaining movie regardless.

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