Frank Henenlotter's BASKET CASE 2 picks up right where the original BASKET CASE leaves off. After surviving the fall from their hotel room window, Duane Bradley and his misshapen, basket-dwelling brother Belial are taken to the city hospital. By now, their attempt at leading a secret life is blown, and the pair have become media darlings across the country. Meanwhile, Duane's long-lost Aunt learns of their situation and, along with her pregnant daughter Susan, helps them escape from the confines of the hospital and the eye of the press. Duane and Belial's aunt, known as Granny Ruth, takes them under her wing at her mansion, which serves as a safe haven for hideously deformed freaks of all shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, the whereabouts of this dynamic duo don't remain secret for too long, and Duane and Belial team up with Susan, Granny Ruth, and her houseful of mutants to devise a plan to do away with the exploitative reporters once and for all.
Kevin Van Hentenryck....Duane
Judy Grafe....News Woman
Annie Ross....Granny Ruth
Chad Brown....News Man
Leonard Jackson....Police Commissioner
Alexandra Auder....Nurse Sherri
Number two... "w00t"
"We're together again."
Basket Case 2 is...well, it's something else.Joe Bob Briggs said "It's
perfect!" and that was enough for me.I don't like it, but, at the same
time, I don't hate it.It lacks the grittiness of the original Basket Case.
The film is more polished but the sets aren't.They're clearly sets and
the movie suffers for it.It lacks the realism that the first film depended
on.The acting is better, Ted Sorel (From Beyond) is great.The movie is a
just a bit too comedic for my tastes.The freaks are mostly stupid, but
Belial still kicks ass though.He gets an upgrade in this film, from
stopmotion to animatronics.All in all, the film still has that great
stomach-turning quality, and the sex scene you never wanted to see.And it
does have a great climax, the ending alone is worth watching the entire
movie for.It just can't live up to the original.
Note for genre buffs:Two of the freaks include Ron Fazio (he was the
second Toxic Avenger) and David Emge (Dawn of the Dead).
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