Film Review: BASKET CASE (1982)

Film Review: BASKET CASE (1982)

Mar 14, 2018

IMDb: Basket Case (1982)
Director: Frank Henenlotter
Stars: Kevin Van Hentenryck, Terri Susan Smith, Beverly Bonner

In case you didn’t already own Basket Case in one of its numerous formats, Arrow Video is putting out the best edition yet. Frank Henenlotter’s cult-splatter-indie-classic Basket Case is one of my favorite fucked up movies of all time. I remember when I first this movie on VHS. I was pretty young, so I saw it as one of the scariest and goriest films I’d ever seen. For years, I thought it was one of the most disturbing movies ever made. Of course, this opinion doesn’t hold up anymore. Now it is one of my favorite horror comedies of all time. It’s interesting how something that disturbed as a child can become comedic as an adult.

Anyway, the new Basket Case restoration from Arrow Video is pretty nice. It should be in everyone’s collection, because it is a classic splatter film from a renowned underground master of horror. When I think of people that were ahead of their time in film-making, blazing the trail for the most twisted horror filmmakers, I think of Henenlotter and Buttgereit. His films are as equally hilarious as they are dark and disturbing. It is a difficult balance for filmmakers to maintain, but Henenlotter has consistently done it over and over again. So in the end, many horror fans already own this movie. When it comes to upgrades though, this is probably one that should climb to the top of the list.

Brand new 4K restoration from the original 16mm negative by MoMA
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original Uncompressed Mono Audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary with writer/director Frank Henenlotter and star Kevin Van Hentenryck
Basket Case 3-1/2: An Interview with Duane Bradley – Frank Henenlotter revisits Duane Bradley decades after the events of the original Basket Case
Seeing Double: The Basket Case Twins – a brand new interview with Florence and Maryellen Schultz, the twin nurses from Basket Case
Brand new making-of featurette containing new interviews with producer Edgar Ievins, casting person/actress Ilze Balodis, associate producer/effects artist Ugis Nigals and Belial performer Kika Nigals
Blood, BASKET and Beyond – a brand new interview with actress Beverly Bonner
Belial Goes to the Drive-In – a brand new interview with film critic Joe Bob Briggs
Outtakes Featurette
In Search of the Hotel Broslin – archive location featurette
Slash of the Knife (1972) – short film by Frank Henenlotter
Belial’s Dream (2017, 5 mins) – brand new Basket Case-inspired animated short by filmmaker Robert Morgan
Behind-the-scenes of Belial’s Dream
Trailers, TV Spots and Radio Spots
Extensive Still Galleries
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet with new writing on the film by Michael Gingold