In Review: The Basket Case Trilogy (Blu Ray)

Charming country bumpkin Duane Bradley takes a motel room in New York with no other luggage than a basket.

Synopsis: Charming country bumpkin Duane Bradley takes a motel room in New York with no other luggage than a basket. In a flash back-series we learn it contains his surgically removed Siamese twin who is not only physically deformed so badly the doctors hesitated to consider him a human, but is also the vindictive drive of their trip, with the purpose to kill off all those he blames.

Review: This set includes all three movies from the trilogy and harks back to a time when exploitation horror was in its heyday.

The first film, which was made in 1992 does much to set the scene from some bloody over the top horror. Although admittedly its more horrifically funny than it is horror, but I do have a pretty sick and twisted sense of humour anyway.

Shot on a tight budget the film takes advantage of locations such as Times Square, Soho and the Lower East Side. In 1982 when the movie was shot the streets were still full of hookers, disco, cheap hotels, drugs and movie theatres. This was also before the use of video tape.

Watching the films you can tell that director Frank Henenlotter is very much inspired by the grindhouse movies that used to be common place on 42nd street and these three films have enough gore, cheap thrills and is wonderfully shot on 16 mm. You can almost smell the sleaze.

The question what’s in the basket is pretty common place in these three movies and it is a question often answered with much blood and lots of screams as the disfigured twin of Duane Bradley has his happy meals with loads of extra thick ketchup. I guess he likes his food raw and screaming.

This Blu Ray set is not likely to win over new converts for the ‘Basket Case’ movies. The fact is they are very much of their time and lots of fun to watch if you are feeling nostalgic for the video nasty era of the 1980’s. Second Sight who have released the set should really be congratulated for restoring otherwise classic 80’s films that would otherwise be forgotten. The first movie comes with tons of extras and supplemental footage. Disks 2 and 3 are basically vanilla versions of the second and third movie, but for the first time ever they have been transferred with the correct  aspect ratio, with clean, high-definition prints — but the original movie has a ton of additional material, including a brand-new making of documentary with interviews from all major cast and crew, a great audio commentary, out-takes, trailers, radio spots and more.

While this will not appeal to everyone. It will definitely be worth a look for fans of 1980’s horror.

The Basket Case Trilogy (Blu Ray)
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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