Basket Case Gets The Deluxe Treatment

In a nutshell, Basket Case is a story about separation anxiety. Duane Bradley (the gloriously curly-haired Kevin Van Hentenryck) keeps his terribly deformed Siamese twin Belial, separated from him by surgery when they were children, in a wicker basket. As they negotiate the New York landscape and its sleazy 42nd Street inhabitants in pursuit of their trauma-induced agenda, Belial occasionally escapes to wreak havoc, or is deliberately released to exact bloody revenge on the surgeons responsible for the separation.

Cue entertaining turns by a host of genuine New York characters played by actors and bit players drawn from the very streets where the shoot took place, and a riot of violence with innovative makeup and gore effects created on almost no budget by future Hollywood special effects artisan Kevin Haney.