Basket Case

Synopsis: Charming country bumpkin Duane Bradley takes a motel room in New York with a basket and a backpack. In a flash back-series we learn the basket 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. But in the reception of one of those doctors, Duane gets his first ever date, with the receptionist, and wants to start a positive life too - when the freak twin escapes, the scene is set for a grim finale.
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Director(s): Frank Henenlotter
Production: Analysis Releasing
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

4 o'clock in the morning

and that crazy broad across the hall,

who I know is pissing on

my door step, I mean ...!

Just a minute!

Hi, I live across the hall and...

Well, the reason I'm bothering is...

now I don't want you think I go

around butting into people's business

but somebody has been

snooping around your door,

you know, peeking

through the keyhole and shit.

So, if you have anything of value

in there, like money or something,

I wouldn't leave it laying around.

Right, sure.

You know I can't stand to

see somebody get ripped off.

Especially without a fighting

chance. My name is Casey.

- Duane Bradley.

- Nice meeting you, Duane Bradley.

What the hell are

you doing in this dump?

It was the first hotel I came to.

Obviously, a hard man to

please. Where are you from?


- Oh, first time in New York?

- Yeah.

Listen, we have to go

for a drink some time.

- Okay, sure.

- Catch you later kid. Bye.

Come one. We gotta pay a little

visit to a doctor friend of mine.

Now the drugstore said he never

should have prescribed it to me

in the first place.

It's the wrong drug!

I'm allergic to it!

That's terrible!

Does he know you're allergic?

Well, he should. It's the second time

he gave me the wrong prescription.

The first time was

just as bad!

Oh, my goodness!

I'll be right with you.

It's this typewriter.

It was terrible!

First I got dizzy,

then I couldn't breathe

then my throat

felt like it was on fire!

Well, you make sure and

tell all this to the doctor.

Okay, this is the one!

Hear that?

Sounds like

something grinding inside.

And the carriage won't return.

Yesterday it was squeaking,

like if a mouse was caught inside.

Real high-pitched, like...

I don't know anything about typewriters.

I just want to see the doctor.

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Frank Henenlotter

Frank Henenlotter (born August 29, 1950 in New York City), is an American screenwriter, film director and film historian. He is known primarily for his horror comedies, though he would prefer to be classified as an "exploitation" filmmaker (rather than horror). "I never felt that I made ‘horror films’, he has said. "I always felt that I made exploitation films. Exploitation films have an attitude more than anything – an attitude that you don’t find with mainstream Hollywood productions. They’re a little ruder, a little raunchier, they deal with material people don’t usually touch on, whether it’s sex or drugs or rock and roll." more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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