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Basket Case

Frank Henenlotter
USA 1982 / 92’

The production shortcomings in this cult gore comedy are compensated for by the passion with which the director tells this absurd story of conjoined twins in which the role of one of the brothers is played by a mutated growth. They were separated years earlier by a surgeon’s ruthless scalpel. The operation did not end well either for the brothers’ psychological interdependence or for those around them who, as a result of the ill-fated separation, have to guard against the deformed brother with murderous instincts. Frank Henenlotter, like Sam Raimi in his debut film Evil Dead, balances between a bloody horror and a black comedy. The low budget ($35,000!) that he had available for the most important film of his career makes the production feel a bit camp, as a result of which, generations of (video) maniacs to come will cherish it.

Patryk Tomiczek

Frank Henenlotter

Born in 1950 in New York, Frank Henenlotter is a screenwriter and director. A decisive factor in determining his professional career was his love for exploitation films, which he watched passionately as a teenager. He worked as a graphic designer and commercial artist for a short time. He became famous through Basket Case (and its two sequels), which today is recognized by B movie fans as a cult classic. Henenlotter is known for wanting to preserve classic B movies of the 1960s and 1970s. Today, he is affiliated with Something Weird Video, which distributes exploitation films on DVD.


1982 Wiklinowy koszyk / Basket Case

1988 Zniszczenie mózgu / Brain Damage

1990 Frankenhooker

1990 Wiklinowy koszyk 2 / Basket Case 2

1992 Wiklinowy koszyk 3 / Basket Case 3: The Progeny

Cast & Crew

director Frank Henenlotter
screenplay Frank Henenlotter
cinematography Bruce Torbet
editing Frank Henenlotter
music Gus Russo
cast Kevin van Hentenryck, Terri Susan Smith, Beverly Bonner, Kerry Buff, Robert Vogel, Diana Browne, Lloyd Pace, Joe Clarke
producer Edgar Levins
production Basket Case Productions
sales Frank Henenlotter
language English
colouration colour