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Basket Case

1982
Comedy
Horror
1h 31m
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Avg Percentile 41.9% from 578 total ratings

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Rated 25 Dec 2010
70
53rd
The owner of the hotel has seen it all, UNTIL NOW. One weird movie.
Rated 07 Feb 2012
70
65th
Frank Henenlotter adds another "what in the hell is this" movie to the horror genre. The plot is...absurd, in a perfect 80's type of way.
Rated 13 Sep 2019
75
69th
A very campy B- movie at best Story isn't horrible But the deformed monster brother is hysterical and hard to take seriously But I will give this movie props for having pretty awesome gory kills
Rated 28 Jul 2018
75
75th
Frank Henenlotter's increasingly WTF, wonderfully weird, & bizarre 80's B-movie makes for a shockingly entertaining dark horror/comedy cult classic.
Rated 30 May 2020
60
38th
It grows on you.
Rated 13 Jun 2008
85
84th
Shy dude walks the streets of NY with his deformed brother in a basket. Murky, earthtoned and often disgusting. What's not to love here?
Rated 25 Aug 2008
73
52nd
Its low budget shows: terrible acting and pretty silly looking effects elicit much laughter. But the idea is so bizarre and twisted, and the story itself continues to lead to such depraved alleys that I have to admire it for sheer audacity. It was a lot more fun and interesting than most other horror from this period.
Rated 03 Dec 2011
72
41st
If you can manage to read the synopsis without wanting to watch this, then you probably shouldn't. Otherwise, it's game on for some cheesy 80's horror.
Rated 16 Jul 2020
62
22nd
Low-grade, at times laughably cheesy freakshow horror does have an earnest and sincere spirit, as well as a great feel for its seedy New York milieu which almost offsets its deficiencies. It's unfortunate that Henenlotter appears to lack the budget (or competent cast members) to successfully pull this intriguing premise off (and once the "brother" is revealed, the utter goofiness of the special effects rob him of his shock value pretty quickly). Points on the board for a good try.
Rated 29 May 2021
80
77th
The pinnacle of sleaze. If you must run into an absolute madman in a dark NYC alleyway, you want it to be the Frank Hennenlotter variety
Rated 12 Oct 2018
75
59th
I feel that Se7en owes some royalties for its famous line. Basket Case takes a wonderful premise and runs with it, budgets be damned. Charming and horrifying.
Rated 15 Jan 2012
61
28th
There are some genuinely weird and creepy moments, they are unfortunately offset by it being terrible and cheesy. It knows this however so one can still have fun watching it.
Rated 02 Mar 2018
68
66th
Outrageous horror comedy from Henenlotter is a spirited example of low budget ingenuity and a sleazy down and dirty tribute to old New York. B.C's scuzzy quality continues to appeal because of Henenlotter's complete commitment to its crazy conceit of a young man carting his deformed brother around in a big wicker basket in a bustling metropolis with murderous intent.The bad acting and formal crudity result in a genuinely off-kilter sensibility, and Belial is a thoroughly memorable movie monster.
Rated 15 Feb 2014
75
71st
Terrible on pretty much all aspects on which normal people judge a movie, but bloody damn entertaining nonetheless.
Rated 25 Oct 2023
53
53rd
Does the whole "cheap 80's sleazy splatter horror" thing better than the Troma stuff like Toxic Avenger that came after. Really enjoyed the hotel front desk guy who's had enough of this shit.
Rated 27 Jan 2012
75
64th
Revenge is a dish best served by a teratomatous scone of flesh with the face of David Letterman. Sent me to my laughing place more than a couple times.
Rated 02 Dec 2011
70
29th
This is not a good film, but you should watch it. The acting is downright terrible and the effects are pretty bad. Despite its shortcomings Basket Case still manages to be pretty damned creepy because of its premise.
Rated 17 Sep 2011
76
76th
It's as brilliantly ridiculous and hilarious as "Brain Damage" and is generally a better film, Belial is no Aylmer though, which is really what counts.
Rated 23 Feb 2011
90
90th
The production is raw to the point its charming, its 42nd Street location feels far more vivid than in more larger-scale stories, the actresses are unglamorous but more beautiful on screen, and Henenlotter's mix of sympathetic characters and eccentrics with bizarre and downright ridiculous special effects and gross-out gore creates a film that, on a second viewing, is far more imaginative and interesting than more glossier horror films.
Rated 04 Mar 2024
35
6th
He ain't heavy man, he's my brother
Rated 02 Mar 2009
71
73rd
Extremely gory (try to avoid the 83-minute R-rated cut) but also very funny, with authentically sleazy 42nd Street atmosphere and lots of oddly likable characters.
Rated 04 Oct 2009
58
48th
Although there is actually something creepy about this movie, most of its charm is of the "so bad it's good" variety. Not just the acting but the dramaturgy and characterizations are hilariously caricaturistic across the board. The film actually has a great pace and is enjoyable regardless of its many laugh-out-loud "WTF" moments. For the very low budget, even the effects are pretty decent. Great popcorn movie to watch with friends.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
42nd
An 80's B-horror classic. It could have had a lot more impact with a higher budget and better acting, but there are a few dozens movies made during this time I can say that about. Bottom line: Good enough to watch.
Rated 18 Nov 2007
85
46th
Definitely more insightful (not to mention hilarious) than the horrid but similarly plotted Rain Man.
Rated 16 Apr 2020
59
37th
The main character's stupidity annoys me, and the gore is very cheap, but I can see why this movie is a cult classic.
Rated 17 Aug 2018
62
38th
Great scenery
Rated 19 Sep 2018
70
35th
Great scuzzy NYC but it's a bit slow for what it is.
Rated 08 Oct 2008
66
46th
Bizarre and hilarious.
Rated 01 Apr 2019
65
45th
It's a product of its time, and it has a pretty hefty number of problems. But, there's this weird charm to it that I just can't put a finger on. It's a cult classic for a reason, but it's definitely not everybody's cup of tea.
Rated 24 Apr 2019
69
35th
Unfortunately doesn't feel like it has any of the underlying cultural smarts of Henenlotter's other body horror films, though this is still a fun watch. The monster and gore effects, although creative and kooky, aren't particularly impressive (especially the very rudimentary stop-motion moments). But technical aspects aside, Henenlotter does actually craft a well-told story, building up this squalid and trashy NYC environment as he drip-feeds out this fairly original horror tale.
Rated 19 Jul 2019
84
75th
Basket Case, indeed. Sou imensamente fã do Henenlotter ele tem o dom de fazer pequenos grandes filmes de horror com grande criatividade e baixo orçamento, mas gostaria que ele fosse considerado um maior mestre do horror do período do que de fato é mencionado. Darkflix TV.
Rated 30 Sep 2008
95
98th
Crazy mutated freak in a basket goes around killing people... You need to know more???
Rated 05 Oct 2019
60
17th
You can add or remove 10 points from this score based on one's love of cheese slathered on their horror movies. The acting was terrible. The story was fun but not interesting. The special effects were the biggest highlight of this film. The monster, also one of the main characters of the movie, was creepy. I liked that it spoke to its brother through telepathy. It helped cement the bond between the two characters. I'm glad I watched it if only for the ability to answer a trivia question about it
Rated 31 Mar 2007
60
47th
Cult movie, but I'm not a member. Original, but just too crude and tasteless to dig it that much
Rated 23 Aug 2007
68
64th
Good
Rated 16 Oct 2021
63
32nd
Pretty funny, though the scene right before the ending spoils it.
Rated 16 Oct 2022
75
64th
This film has a tone and feel that no other film has. Maybe the sleaziest New York has looked. The lead actor is more hair than man.
Rated 15 Nov 2022
60
49th
Not particularly scary, but goofy enough to keep you interested until the very end -- though the rape scene feels pretty shocking.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
55
32nd
Funny and gross but it's nowhere near as good as Henenlotter's subsequent films.
Rated 20 Nov 2010
77
42nd
A classic
Rated 26 Apr 2009
65
33rd
Frank Henenlotter's first film. Yes!
Rated 04 Aug 2010
50
22nd
Basket Case is one of those B-movies that is so atrociously disgusting, sleazy, and laugh-out-loud corny you can't help but have so much fun watching it. Frank knew he had a 0 budget and he totally went for it!
Rated 12 Jan 2010
75
50th
A serviceable genre film that works equally as a slice of grindhouse trash as it does a cinematic love letter to the same.
Rated 29 Sep 2011
40
23rd
What a weird (and perversely fun) movie.
Rated 29 Nov 2011
41
13th
Definitely a bad horror movie, but not devoid of entertainment. It's labeled as a comedy, but I'm not really sure if that's intentional. The story's shaky, but at least it makes decent sense. Despite some really sub-par special effects, it does a fair job of making the horror scenes shocking and weird.
Rated 09 Nov 2009
83
72nd
I really admire directors who have a weird, simple idea, and are able to see their low budget project through to completion. Peter Jackson's Bad Taste springs to mind. I could tell Basket Case was a labor of love. I enjoyed the weirdness of the main character, and I really loved the creature itself; cheesy looking, yet oddly creepy. And the gore effects were surprisingly decent. A great movie to watch while drinking with your buddies.
Rated 09 Jan 2012
80
75th
One of the most entertaining indie horror movies I have seen. The minor characters chew scenery like crazy, and the monster is a sight to behold.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
30
9th
A few laughs.
Rated 29 Apr 2009
0
0th
WHAT THE HELL WAS THIS?!
Rated 15 Dec 2008
90
92nd
totally fukking awesome.
Rated 30 Jul 2012
3
73rd
Despite the general 'bad movie' crapiness it's creepy and has some memorable moments.
Rated 08 Mar 2009
55
25th
Oh my ! Low budget, low(ish) production values, wierdly unconvincing effects but a daringly audacious plotline. Acting is not so much wooden as dead - it nearly makes it into the 'so bad it's good' category. Not one to change your plans for.
Rated 29 Mar 2014
57
28th
Even with the slower scenes it's entertaining enough and Belial looks awesome. Also: great idea for a Halloween costume.
Rated 15 Aug 2014
70
53rd
It was quite heartbreaking actually...for a "B movie" that is.
Rated 27 Oct 2014
61
62nd
Ah... This brings memories back. The first time I saw this film I was 8 or maybe 10 years old. Dad leaving and Basket Case are the strongest memories of my childhood. Come to think of it, I didn't turn out that bad, after all:)
Rated 16 Oct 2016
60
12th
A creative horror idea with neat special effects. Too bad the acting is horrid.
Rated 01 Nov 2016
35
2nd
My understanding is people enjoy Basket Case in the same way they enjoy Troll 2. It is so bad that it becomes comical and beloved. I started out this way, but by the end of the first act I didn't find myself laughing as much.

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