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Basket Case (1982) 4K Restoration

Opens on January 28

Director: Frank Henenlotter Run Time: 91 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 1982

Starring: Beverly Bonner, Diana Browne, Kevin Van Hentenryck, Robert Vogel, Terri Susan Smith

Country: United States
Language: English

This week only, celebrate 40th anniversary screenings of Frank Henenlotter’s Basket Case, George A. Romero’s Creepshow, Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist, and John Carpenter’s The Thing.

About the film:

Duane Bradley is a pretty ordinary guy. His formerly conjoined twin Belial, on the other hand, is a deformed, fleshy lump whom he carries around in a wicker basket. Arriving in the Big Apple and taking up a room at the seedy Hotel Broslin, the pair set about hunting down and butchering the surgeons responsible for their separation.

About the filmmaker:

Born in New York City, Frank Henenlotter is a writer and director raised on low-budget grindhouse films. Best known for offbeat plots, lowbrow humor and excessive gore in exploitation films like his debut feature Basket Case, Brain Damage, Frankenhooker, and Bad Biology, Henenlotter was perfectly situated to begin filming a series of documentaries on the art of the genre, including Herschell Gordon Lewis – The Godfather of Gore, That’s Sexploitation!, and Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana, a chronicle of the first American artist to be convicted of obscenity which screened in competition at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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