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“Smokes. Smokes, I got joints and bags. Nickel and dime bags. Gold Colombia smoke. I got acid, blotters, rainbows, windowpanes, speed, downs …” This goes on at some length so you’ll just have to check out the podcast to hear Chad do the whole spiel. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they play a-tisket, a-tasket with Frank Henenlotter’s Basket Case (1982).
Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 189 – Basket Case (1982)
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A solitary and strange preteen boy wreaks revenge on his harassers when he makes a disturbing discovery in the depth of a forest.IMDb
- Writer/Director/Editor: Frank Henenlotter
- Makeup Department:
- John Caglione Jr. (special makeup effects)
- Kevin Haney (special makeup effects)
- Ugis Nigals (special makeup effects artist)
- Selected Cast
- Kevin Van Hentenryck as Duane Bradley
- Terri Susan Smith as Sharon
- Beverly Bonner as Casey
- Robert Vogel as Hotel manager
- Diana Browne as Dr. Judith Kutter
- Lloyd Pace as Dr. Harold Needleman
- Bill Freeman as Dr. Julius Lifflander
- Joe Clarke as Brian ‘Mickey’ O’Donovan
- Ruth Neuman as Duane’s Aunt
Crystal is a big Frank Henenlotter fan so it’s no surprise that Basket Case is her pick and she still loves it, calling it super weird and super messed up. She also recommends the Joe Bob Briggs treatment, currently available on Shudder. Chad rented Basket Case as a VHS tape and he fell in love with it. He appreciates the way Henenlotter brings the oddest concepts to life and is able to mix just the right amount of comedy with horror. Back in the day, Bill used to hang out in Glens Falls, NY, one of the filming locations for Basket Case. Not surprisingly, the scene depicting “the boys” aunt reading to them while they sit in her lap always gets to him. Jeff is most impressed by the special effects found in Basket Case and all for a budget of $35,000.
Basket Case is currently available to stream on Shudder on a Blu-ray disc form Arrow Video.
Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film will be a special treat! Gruesome Magazine and the Decades of Horror 1980s Grue Crew have been given advanced access to a new 4K restoration of Andrzej Żuławski’s POSSESSION (1981) starring Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill. This new restoration of the film opens theatrically and digitally exclusively at Metrograph October 1 and in theaters nationwide October 15. You won’t want to miss that one!
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