Monday, October 6, 2014

"Basket Case 2" DVD / Movie Review (Synapse Films 2007 Issue)

"Basket Case 2" DVD / Movie Review (Synapse Films 2007 Issue)

Synapse Films DVD Cover Art (2007 Issue)
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This is the third installment of 1980's B-Movie blood splattered monster DVD / Movie Reviews! I know, I know, this sequel was released March 2nd, 1990, but it was filmed in 1989 and I think it has a place here from 1980-1990 anyway. Now, "Basket Case 3: The Progeny" will be in a later series of reviews from the 1990-2000 time frame. 


 Watch out! This time Director Frank Henenlotter was given a budget of $2.5 Million to make the sequel to "Basket Case"! What was he thinking? I tell you what he was thinking: "This shit is going to be outrageous as hell!". And so it is!
Bob Baldwin working the shot of Belial on the wall.

Rehearsing a scene.

Filming Duane in the hospital.


This crazy sequel takes place immediately after the events of the first film. Duane Bradley (again played by Kevin Van Hentenryck) and Belial (a big old rubber puppet), are recovering in the hospital after their dramatic fall at the climax of the first film.

Belial in chains at the local hospital.

Duane, badly in need of a haircut, recuperating in hospital.

Duane & Belial make their escape!

Duane & Belial escape from the hospital and are rescued by Granny Ruth (Annie Ross) and taken to a secluded mansion where other freaks are kept safe and away from public eyes.

Granny Ruth & Susan (Heather Rattray) watch the news.

Some of the other "unique individuals" at a picnic.

Once at the mansion, Granny Ruth takes Belial on some "buisness" at a local sideshow who claims to have the remains of "the Bradley Monster". The owner, of course, is introduced to the real Belial.

He shouldn't have lied about them bones...

There are several deaths, including a police detective, a couple of snooping newspaper journalists, etc. But, it's all about Duane falling in love with the seemingly "normal" Susan at the mansion. Not all is as it seems. Also, Belial finds love with another, er, "thing" like him- but a female named "Eve". This is where Director Henenlotter goes all "Freak Porn" and shows these two blobs of twisted flesh having intercourse! The way it's shown is downright comedic in nature.

After some good-old sibling rivalry and Susan revealing that she's been pregnant for years with what looks like "The Deadly Spawn"- Duane discovers a way for Belial and he to be back together again forever.

Using a knitting needle & yarn....

Together again...just like least Duane got his hair cut.


Synapse Films must really love B-Movie horror because they issue some pretty cool flicks with some cool features that fans really dig.

Special Features:

Rated R
90 Minute Running Time
Dolby Digital Stereo

Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1) High Def transfer from original 35mm negatives.

Two Monsterous featurettes:

THE MAN IN THE MOON MASK- An all new interview with Actor David Emge 
BEYOND THE WICKER- Behind the Scenes Featurette.

Hey, this movie is silly, bloody and outrageous- which is just the way old Frank wanted it! Worth a look!

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