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          Carrying a mysterious wicker basket around with him, Duane Bradley arrives in Manhattan and checks into a sleazy Times Square hotel. What's in the basket, you ask? Why, Duane's hideously misshapen Siamese twin brother, Belial, of course! Originally born attached to Duane's side, the little monster was surgically removed by some quack doctors and rudely left for dead in a plastic garbage bag. But Belial survived, and Duane has hit the Big Apple with his beastly bro to wreak havoc on the surgeons who separated them.

"What's in the basket... easter eggs?"
           - Sharon

          The ultimate paradox in movies, Basket Case is a grainy-pictured, clumsily shot film with almost no production values to speak of, that manages to be one of the greatest movies of all time (but admittedly not one that anybody not seriously fond of horror movies is likely to find rewarding). In fact, even though it reportedly only had a budget of $35,000, there is so much genius in here that the roughshod craftsmanship cannot, I believe, be the result of lack of skill but a deliberate taking of the 'rough' look that has given films like the first Texas Chainsaw Massacre their 'documentary' type of feel to the extreme, creating something on screen that does not even look like a movie, but... something else. Not quite a documentary feel even, but kind of a dark vision where the technical flaws don't matter, any more than the wide gaps of logic in a particularly vivid nightmare matter.
          Graced with the most instantly disturbing tagline of all time (best when read slowly): "Duane Bradley's brother is very small, very twisted, very mad, and he lives in a basket... until night comes!", that brother is Belial Bradley, the most horrific, one of the most violent and yet one of the most sympathetic monsters the world's storytelling has ever produced. A former Siamese twin to Duane, Belial's been victimized by nature but many more times over by humanity and the fates his life has taken since his violent birth, producing the most driven, most tragic, and most bizarre horror nemesis of all time. And yet he's compelling, empathisable, even...lovable?...like there's a charming Stitch/Gon-like beast buried alive deep under the pain and scars that have driven this creature to strike back at his adversaries in viciously gory fashion. Unfortunately, as is the risk with revenge, the chance is always present that once the oppressed starts retaliating against his enemies, he'll be consumed by his vengeance and destroy the innocent as well. 
         Basket Case is open to interpretation. Everyone I've ever talked to who has also seen the movie has, to varying degrees, perceived both Belial's actions and certain of his motives in different ways than I have. There's one scene in particular, which I can't be specific about because it's near the film's end, where I see it 180 degrees differently than everybody else. Depending on your personal take on the movie, Belial can even be seen as much less of a tragic creature and an avenger gone berserk, than as a paragon of raw evil. There are very small, seemingly random happenings in the movie that seem to me personally to have much greater significance than they might appear to on the surface. There are at least 3 equally plausible explanations to what is really happening in certain incidences. I wish I could be less vague, but to really explain what I suspect would take a pages-long play-by-play, and that would obviously give way too much away. One thing is for certain though - this is a one-of-a-kind horror experience. Not even the sequels (which in my opinion are just as outstanding but in quite different ways) come close to duplicating the vibe of this movie. Nothing ever could.

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          - The film crew was allowed to film inside a run-down Times Square hotel as long as they didn't reveal the actual name of the place, to avoid New York Health officials from investigating the poor living conditions.

          - Since the crew only consisted of three or four people, many of the names in the credits are fictitious.

          - Released August 31, 1983 in France.

          - The hotel Broslin doesn't actually exist and the main lobby parts were filmed in a propped-open service elevator in Franklin St, New York. The scene at the end where Duane and Belial are hanging from the hotel Broslin sign was actually filmed on an exterior building downtown on Hubert St. All the interior shots were shot on several other locations mainly friends' houses, etc.

          - Filmed in Glens Falls, New York, USA.

          - When Duane checks into the Hotel Broslin he takes out a wad of cash. According to Frank Henenlotter, the film's director, this was the film's entire budget.




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