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Basket Case (1982) is a classic
gore-fest with a huge cult following - another excellent release from
Something Weird Video. Kevin VanHentenryck is half of a Siamese twin,
with his brother being the monster. They are separated against his
will by two doctors, a woman, and with his father's approval. They
leave the monster to die, but Duane Bradley (VanHentenryck) has other
ideas. He saves his money and takes his brother to New York to seek
revenge. They check into a sleazy hotel, and seek out the people who
did this to them. Along the way, Duane meets Sharon (Terri Susan
Smith) who becomes his love interest and shows her breasts near the
end of the film.
|Strengths include a lot of
humor, a charismatic monster, good pace, good performances, and lots
|see the main
DVD info from Amazon.
widescreen version, but
Full-length director and cast commentary
of outtakes and extra footage from the director's personal
art gallery, a humorous cable TV review, and a radio
interview with one of the stars
|Scoopy's comments in
I suppose the man who
founded our kind of movie reviewing is the noted drive-in critic, Joe
Bob Briggs. If we had a statue in our lobby, he'd be the one
immortalized. Two decades ago, his hilarious reviews included
important information ignored by other critics, like the breast count
and the body count.
Basket Case was Joe
Bob's choice as the best Drive In movie of all time.
Bob's home page
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics - or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, Tuna awards C+
for a strong genre flick (gore) with comedy and camp crossover
appeal. Scoopy agrees.
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