Sunday, December 2, 2007

Basket Case (1982)

Fear 2/5
Gore 5/5
Entertainment 5/5
Creepiness 3/5
Nightmares 3/5


How have I missed this movie from the endless number of classics that were made in the 1980's? This movie is ridiculously awesome (and just plain ridiculous) on so many levels.

A young guy who is toting around a basket, rents a room at a run-down hotel in New York. The hotel manager quizzically asks whats in the basket only to be told its 'just clothes'. The manager thinks nothing more of it as he hands over the keys to the hotel room, not knowing the heap of devouring destruction that resides within. The picnic basket carrying kid heads out to grab some grub, comes back, opens the basket and whatever is inside grubs down like a fiend.

When we are exposed to the contents of the basket, it has to be one of the silliest moments EVER in cinematic history. A claymation slob of gobbily goop, this thing looks like the midget bastard child of Jabba the Hut and Slimer from Ghostbusters.

So we come to find out that little claymation freak show is the mutated siamese twin brother of the basket carrying guy. They share a 'special bond' and against their will, they were separated when they were younger by a group of doctors. Little freaky deeky, was thrown into a garbage bag and left for dead, only to have his bro rescue him because of their strong telepathic connection (what genius script writing!).

The brothers are in New York hellbent on revenge against the doctors who separated them. The scenes in which they are brutally devoured by the glob of clay are pretty damn silly as it flies through the air sounding like a rabid tasmanian devil. A subplot to the flick, is the fact that the un-mutated brother is trying to live a normal life, meeting a gal and going out on a few dates. Basket dwelling freak gets jealous and in both a disturbing and laugh out loud sequence, he decides he's gonna get jiggy with his brothers gal. Good lord this scene was classic.

Totally silly, cheesy and essential, Basket Case is great horror movie faire. Gore off the charts and a mutated pile of clay killing people? I ask anyone to explain to me how this is NOT awesome.

Cortez the Killer

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