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

Oh, my goodness, I'm sorry!

I just assumed...

Oh, I didn't think you were a patient.

I'm expecting someone to fix

the typewriter this afternoon,

and I just thought, I figured that

was your toolbox or something.

Dr. Needleman is an

old friend of the family.

Is there any chance I could

see him without an appointment?

He'll tell you no,

friend of the family or not!

But as you can see, we have hundreds

of patients waiting to see him.

So we'll just pretend you did call

and have an appointment

for... 11:

You're next!


What's your name?

Duane Bradley.

Oh, but don't write that ...!

I want to surprise him, and he'd

recognize that name right away.

Put down something like... Smith,

Duane Smith.

He'll appreciate this.

He's a million laughs.

Okay and you fill out the rest.

What's in the basket?

Easter eggs?

Just visiting New York or ...?

Yes, this is my first time.

So have you gone to the Empire State

Building yet and the Statue of Liberty?

No, I haven't had time.

Haven't had the time?

What about the Radio City

Music Hall? Or the UN?

- Had time for them?

- No, I...

What about the World Trade Towers?

Or the Trolley-cars?

- It's not that I don't want to, but...

- The Met?

The Cloisters?

Grummans Chinese?

It's just that I don't

know where anything is.

Oh, if you need a Tour Guide

I'd be happy to volunteer...

Or even buy you some 3D postcards

and an "I Love New York" T-shirt.

You're next!

Come in.

Yes, sir...



All right.

Mr. Smith...

What seems to be the problem?

My chest.

I've got this pain and...

Well, why not you put

whatever that is down,

take off your shirt,

step in there and see.

So, what did he give you?

48 hours to live?

No. We just had a nice chat.

- Was he surprised?

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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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