Friday, July 29, 2016

Experiencing Basket Case 2 and 3

So I owe Frank Hennenlotter a big apology.

Basket Case creator Frank Hennenlotter

See, many ears ago I rented Basket Case 2 and was super unimpressed. To be fair, it was one of those Wednesdays where I could rent 5 VHS tapes for only 5 bucks and I had already gone through all the previous tapes. so by the time I got to Basket Case 2(which wasn't even rewound) I watched ten minutes and decided it was stupid.

Now, that was about 15 years ago. I had a tenancy to write off movies pretty quickly. My taste wasn't as refined as it is now. Although, some may even argue that I still have pretty bad taste. Be that as it may, I found myself checking out Basket Case 2 and 3 this past week thanks to Synapse films and I'm in both Hennelotter and Synapse's debt forever.

Basket Case 2 and 3 were released in 1991 and 1992, respectively. Let's start with Basket Case 2 first. 

Basket Case 2 centers around Duane Bradley and his deformed brother Belial being locked up in a hospital after the events of the first movie in which Duane tried to kill Belial in Times Square. Follwoing those events, Duane and Belial were brought to a safe house for deformed creatures and humans by a mysterious woman named Ruth. It's when a local reporter who's willing to cash in on the hot story of the bizarre brothers and their whereabouts. But it's after Duane starts falling into old habits and starts to lose it.

The story is a pretty entertaining one, and if you've seen the first movie, it's considerably lighter than the original, which makes it a lot more fun. With that lighter tone, it also provided the creativity to come shining out when it comes to creating new creatures and characters, which were my personal favorite aspect of this movie. So many unusual and unique designs to add more members of the Basket Case family. My personal favorite was Lorenzo, the singing oversized head! Check it out!

The creatures, as outcasts as they are made to be, are certainly downright lovable. In fact if you watch this movie and don't fall in love with them, you have no soul. I mean, who wouldn't fall in love with the real life interpretations of Real Ghostbusters action figures?

The features on this disc are pretty awesome too. A full hidef transfer from the original 35mm print ensures nothing but the best viewing experience and it really brings out the beauty of this movie. The picture and sound shine through like never before thanks to this great transfer. The features are just as fun. A sit down interview with David Emge who played a creature and a behind the scenes/making of featurette including footage from the original filming are really all I need to give this my stamp of approval.

Now, Basket Case 3. Let's talk about this. Just as over the top as the original, and just like it's previous movie, picks up right where the last movie left off. The Bradley Brothers and their new family head out to the country to see Belial become a proud papa of a bunch of deformed babies! Yes, the next generation of Bradley's definitely continue! 

And yes, we even got a musical number from Ruth and the lovable creatures. Oh yes. Watch this video now. You won't regret it.

A trailer may be all we get in the way of special features but it's still worth the purchase. Especially if you're like me and love having weird movie nights. And trust me, these two movies are the perfect additions to a movie marathon with your friends!

Now, while 15 years ago I was bored, now I am in love. My biggest regret was not seeing it before, because I'm sure I would've used this as a comfort movie when I was at home sick or having a day off. But I'm glad I discovered these movies now. Especially when the creatures are just so lovable. They're both super entertaining, a lot of laughs and a lot of gore. Definitely a new classic and a new favorite in my household.

Two solid releases from Synapse, which is a company that puts all their effort into every release, so it should be of shock to no one of how great these are. You can buy both of these great releases here for part 2 and here for part 3.

Now, after these, I gotta hunt down Frankenhooker. If it's anything like this, I'm sure it'll be a new favorite as well.


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