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    Basket Case - Review



    When I was growing up, I always noticed this movie in the horror section at my Blockbuster, but I never rented it. Once the transition from VHS to DVD had taken full swing, I could not find this movie for rent at all or for purchase really either. Then, this last weekend, I found it for $3.50 at one of my friendly local record stores and figured, "What the hell?" So I did a blind buy, and boy am I glad I did. Basket Case was worth every penny, and then some! (up to 9.99 that is...)

    The film centers around a mysterious lad by the name of Duane Bradley. He seems perfectly normal, except the fact that he carries a gigantic pic-nic basket everywhere he goes.
    "What you got in the basket kid?" asks the manager of the seedy Time Square hotel.
    "Just clothes." Duane replies, or is it???
    Duane and his wicker basket companion have just checked into room number seven, and every occupant would be wise to give them the space they need to adjust to their new surroundings. However, not all of the occupants are so wise...

    When you get down to brass tacks here, Basket Case is really a tale of vengence, with a terrifically campy spin. Duane and his formerly siamese twin brother Belial are on the hunt for the doctors that wronged them when they were children, by seperating them (God forbid) so that Duane could lead a normal life without criticism. Their father has a special rage for Belial, as he blames him for the death of their mother while she was giving birth. DO NOT go in expecting this to be some sort of cinematic feat, because it isn't. The acting is kind of bad (but better than most of the actors in Troma features) and at times, Bradley is a whining pussy. However, the occupant of the basket makes up for all of his whining through sheer brutality. This, coupled with the stop-motion creature animation really brings the movie up a couple of pegs. Whether it's a person torn in half, or the screamer with scalpels in the face, you can't help but wonder, "How the hell did he pull that off?"

    If you are a fan of creature features or low budget horror, definitely check this out. The blood and gore coupled with the comedic aspects really make this an enjoyable popcorn flick.

    Acting: 2/5
    Blood: 3/5
    Gore: 3/5
    Story: 4/5
    Overall: 6/10

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    I really liked this movie, the endin' cracks me up.

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    Hell yeah Kick, the ending was so funny. For that matter, so was the rest of the flick!

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    ...love this film and dude..awesome review :thumbup3:

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodenheart View Post
    ...love this film and dude..awesome review :thumbup3:
    Thank you Wooden. I appreciate that.

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    Good review levil, check out Brain Damage if you liked Basket Case you should love it...has the same warped sense of humor

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    Dude, thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I will most definitely check out brain damage. I have a long list of flicks I need to check out for sure...

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    Haven't seen this yet. But great review!

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    Dude, definitely check it out. You especially will most definitely enjoy it:thumbup3:

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    :karate:Theres actually 3 Basket Cases , the last 2 came out in the same year. I love the movies , I'm an old schooler when it comes to horror movies......maybe cuz I'm kinda old.:karate:

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    Yeah, I know, I found the second for 20 bucks, and the third is OoP I guess, but I'd be down to watch 'em both. Is the second worth 20, or should I keep looking?

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    :karate:Keep looking.:karate:

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    First time my knife touched skin
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    Word. Dig the sig pic/quote btw. Also the avatar. You down with the clown?

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    :karate:Hells ya:karate:

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    First time my knife touched skin
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    The pillow, the blankets, the walls, and even the bed
    One color dominating everything like contemporary art
    Am I the killer or artist with bloody heart?
    Then I curled into a ball in the corner of the room
    Feeling like a creep in the light of the moon



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    Great review levil your insight to this film is pretty descriptive:thumbup3: I felt like i was reading a movie review from a magazine or newspaper. although i haven't ever seen the movie, i'm interested to give it a shot if i can find it. my best friend had it on vhs once, actually you can ask "eyelashes" about it, i was always curious (even when i saw it at the video rental store). the cover was what grabbed my attention but ya i definitly want to check this out. i'm always up for a good popcorn flick. Anyway just wondering, is there any other older horror movies you can recommend? plz post some more reviews again

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    Quote Originally Posted by levil666 View Post
    Dude, definitely check it out. You especially will most definitely enjoy it:thumbup3:
    Just bought and watched it.. you're right, I did enjoy it!

    Quote Originally Posted by levil666 View Post
    Yeah, I know, I found the second for 20 bucks, and the third is OoP I guess, but I'd be down to watch 'em both. Is the second worth 20, or should I keep looking?
    Bought all three, the 2nd and 3rd I got for $10 each (AUD) on special.

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    Nice find man. I was looking online the other day, as per Strt, and Basket Case III was going for over $100. Might've just been VHS though. Glad you enjoyed it.

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    Cool review.

    Classic horror flick. Loved it as a kid.

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