Basket Case is one of those movies that sorts the casual horror fan from the true initiate. A mention of the movie and a nod of recognition from whoever you’re talking to is like a secret code that your interest goes past the horror mainstream and well into the cult. Basket Case is indeed a genuine cult movie, kept alive for 30 years by avid fans, while its unusual pleasures have never hit the mainstream.
It’s a very peculiar story, which starts off with a wide-eyed young man called Duane (Kevin Van Hentenryck) arriving in New York City with a basket under his arm. However Duane isn’t there for a sightseeing trip, as in the basket is his deformed brother Belial, who was once his parasitic twin Siamese brother, but who got chopped off by dodgy doctors. The two brothers are very close, with Belial able to talk directly into Duane’s head, and they have a plan – to let Belial kill the doctors who separated them. However the ‘freak’ may not be content with stopping there! [Read more…]