New Release: Basket Case Blu-ray

Basket Case movie

I told you not to drink that tequila!: Belial comes out to play in Basket Case.

Image Entertainment and Something Weird will premiere the Blu-ray edition of the 1982 bizarre horror cult favorite Basket Case on Sept. 27, for a list price of $17.97.

Written and directed by Frank Henenlotter (Frankenhooker), the movie follows a drifter named Duane (Kevin Van Hentenryck) who carries a mysterious wicker basket wherever he goes. The basket contains Duane’s hideously misshapen Siamese twin brother, Belial, who seems to wield some sort of odd control over his more normal looking sibling.

The bros check into a flea-bag hotel in New York’s Times Square and set out to hunt down and wreak havoc on the sick surgeons who separated them against their will. But when Duane gets involved in a possible romance for the first time in his life, revenge of all different kinds begin to take shape.

Featuring a bunch of memorably gruesome scenes and some seriously disturbing stop-motion animation, the cheerfully demented Basket Case more than earns its midnight movie cred.

The Blu-ray features a brand new high-definition transfer preserving the original 16mm camera ratio and supervised by writer/director Henenlotter. It also has a basket full of bonus features, many of which appeared on Something Weird’s Basket Case 20th Anniversary DVD:

  • new video introduction by director Frank Henenlotter
  • audio commentary by director Frank Henenlotter, producer Edgar Ievins and actress Beverly Bonner
  • rare outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage from the director’s personal collection
  • two theatrical trailers plus TV spot
  • 2001 video short: In Search of the Hotel Broslin
  • two rare Basket Case radio spots
  • gallery of Basket Case exploitation art and behind-the-scene photos


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