Basket Case
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The poor social skills of a young yokel turn out to have a horrifying explanation in this low-budget splatterfest, which marks the debut of Frankenhooker director Frank Henenlotter. The film begins with a bloody prologue and the arrival of young Duane Bradley (Kevin Van Hentenryck) at a broken-down New York hotel full of drunks, hookers, and assorted weirdos. An upstate native with few big-city survival skills, the earnest Duane seems slightly off. He flashes lots of bills at the hotel manager, carries a large wicker basket with him, and seems bewildered at the variety of characters on… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A downright unwatchable horror comedy..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Its singularity makes it far more valuable than any number of movies made at an ostensibly higher level of quality."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"pure 80s sleeeeeas"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"A thing of modest B-movie beauty."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Quirky horror on no budget."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The DIY effects may look naively amateur today but there's a loving B-movie attitude and a genuine sense of character to the "monster," the misshapen, fleshy, snaggle-toothed Belial."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Uproariously disgusting"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"like Eraserhead updated for the slasher generation, Basket Case is a deranged psychodrama, full of gleefully gory set-pieces, quirky humour, and some impossibly moving pathos."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"O culto a este filme prova que absolutamente qualquer porcaria pode, de uma maneira ou de outra, despertar o interesse de alguém."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Delicious offbeat tongue-in-cheek humor."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A classic slice of horror! "bloody" good fun!"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"If you're in the right mood, this monster mash is vile fun."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Good creepy Hell's Kitchen horror flick."
‑ Cole Smithey,
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