Basket Case

Basket Case

Frank Henenlotter (1982)

X Certificate


Our Score
This gore-drenched, gutter-trash classic is one of the key horror movies of the 1980s. It tells the bizarre story of the Bradley brothers - normal Duane (Kevin Van Hentenryck) and his hideously deformed Siamese twin Belial, whom he carries around in a wicker basket - and how they wreak revenge on the quack doctor who separated them years before. Graphic blood-letting is juxtaposed with comic relief in cult director Frank Henenlotter's distorted version of ET, but lurking behind its cruel and crude façade is an accomplished shocker laced with great artistry, an authentically sleazy atmosphere and surprising pathos.


Duane Bradley arrives in New York carrying a basket, containing a hideous creature that indiscriminately attacks anyone who comes near. The monster is Duane's hideously deformed twin, who is forcing his brother to help him in a mission of revenge. However, when Duane falls in love, he starts to want a normal life. Horror, starring Kevin Van Hentenryck and Terri Susan Smith.

Cast & Crew

Duane Bradley Kevin Van Hentenryck
Sharon Terri Susan Smith
Casey Beverly Bonner
Hotel manager Robert Vogel
Dr Judith Kutter Diana Browne
Dr Harold Needleman Lloyd Pace
Dr Julius Lifflander Bill Freeman
Brian "Mickey" O'Donovan Joe Clarke
Director Frank Henenlotter
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Alpha Films LtdAvailable on: video and DVD