Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Basket Case 2 (1990)

After nearly being killed in the closing events of BASKET CASE, Duane and Belial are whisked away to a safe haven for freaks run by Granny Ruth, where each of the twins find new love interests amongst her malformed tenants. Their new found sanctuary risks exposure when a group of nosy reporters intrude in their affairs, but the freaks won't give up their home without a fight! Frank Henenlotter dramatically increases the scope of this followup over that of the original, rounding out the production with polished cinematography, superior make-up and costuming, and a much more professional cast. The resulting film loses the quirkiness that had been found previously in place of a much more serious tone, although Hentenryck returns with his usual awkwardness. Granny Ruth's "children" have been given a range of unique, frightening, and unusual designs, but with so many strange new characters, Belial is unfortunately forced to take a back seat to much of the proceedings. In a particularly nightmarish sequence, the terrifying horde slowly ascends on a camera man in the strobe of his flash. In terms of production, BASKET CASE 2 far exceeds the original, but in doing so, it loses much of the charm and creative design seen previously. As a series sequel, it is still an enjoyable entry for fans of the first film.

Rating: 7/10.
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FREAKED, BRAIN DAMAGE, BASKET CASE 3



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4 comments:

  1. Yeah, I felt parts 2 and 3 lacked the magic of the first Basket Case....

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  2. While everything was so slick, yet rubbery in this one, it lacked that poverty row look of sleaze that made the inadequacies of the original so "upscale". I thought the sex scene between Belial and Eve was hilarious. Henenlotter's FRANKENHOOKER from around the same time has a similar vibe, too.

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  3. Yeah I certainly dont dislike this one, but it is almost polar opposite of the original in terms of style and uniqueness

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  4. I haven't seen it in years, but I think Belial is turned into a Terminator type thing in the third. The scene with the attack of the baby Belial's was right funny in that one.

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