Film / Basket Case

Basket Case is a 1982 horror film by Frank Henenlotter. It was followed by two sequels, Basket Case 2 in 1990 and Basket Case 3: The Progeny, in 1991.

Young Duane is a nice young man from the country who has arrived to New York, carrying with him a big basket. It actually contains his deformed separated Siamese twin brother, Belial, and they both want to get revenge on doctors who forcibly separated them as children, trying to kill Belial.

The first movie has examples of:

  • Always Identical Twins: Averted to hell.
  • Asshole Victim: The back alley doctors who separated the two, plus one of Duane's neighbors who tries to rob his hotel room, and a guy in a movie theater who tries to steal Belial's basket.
  • Big Eater: Belial sure can polish off a lot of burger patties.
  • Conjoined Twins: Duane and Belial, until they were separated.
  • Fanservice: Sharon gets a extended topless scene in the first film
  • Male Frontal Nudity: Duane dreams to be roaming the streets of New York totally naked.

Basket Case 2 has examples of:

  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: This exchange between Duane and the reporter who threatened Belial along with his fellow freaks.
    Duane Bradley: He figured you could ask him a few questions, get to know him a little bit. Then he could rip your face off. No big deal.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Although Duane originally just wanted to get revenge on the doctors who forcibly separated him from Belial, he is obviously shocked from the latter raping Sharon and tries to get rid of him. From this sequel onwards, he turns cold-blooded and has no qualms for letting people die for trivial reasons.
  • Homage: The film seems to homage the original Freaks film and the horror comic Beautiful Freak.
  • Longest Pregnancy Ever: In her words, Susan is pregnant (and not showing at all), and has been for the last six years.

The Progeny has examples of:

  • Babies Ever After: Basis of the film, as Belial's lady love gives birth to their offspring.
  • Grounded Forever: After the Sheriff catches his daughter Opal putting on a dominatrix outfit and routine for Duane:
    Sheriff: Cause you are grounded little miss! You are grounded for the next ten years! And no more car, and no more allowance, and you can forget about that pony I promised you!
  • Fanservice: Opal puts on a dominatrix outfit.
  • Mini-Mecha: Belial gets one, allowing him to battle the Sheriff.
  • Move Along, Nothing to See Here: The placard on the traveling freaks' refurbished school bus reads "No One You Know".

Alternative Title(s): Basket Case 2, Basket Case 3 The Progeny