BASKET CASE (1982 U.S.) D/W: FRANK HENENLOTTER P: EDGAR IEVINS
Henenlotter`s debut immediately became a cult success and deservedly so. It`s a satisfyingly sleazy tale of Duane (Kevin Van Hentenryck) who arrives in New York City with a big picnic basket. He feeds meat to something living inside. It turns out to be his deformed siamese twin Belial who was illegaly removed from his side and thrown in the trash when they were kids. They have a psychic link and track down and kill the doctors responsible. The FX are ropey but fitting, and there`s plenty of unique scenes and situations (and gore) for it to still be fascinating. A real must-see .Porno veteran Jerry Butler is in the cast. It`s dedicated to Herschell Gordon Lewis, but the 1965 obscurity DARK INTRUDER has a more direct influence. Sequels followed, but Henenlotter made the incredible BRAIN DAMAGE first.

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