Monday, June 30, 2014

Basket Case 2 (1990)

Director: Frank Henenlotter

Writer: Frank Henenlotter

Composer: Joe Renzetti

Starring: Kevin Van Hentenryck, Judy Grafe, Annie Ross, Heather Rattray, Chad Brown, Beverly Bonner, Leonard Jackson, Alexandra Auder, Brian Fitzpatrick, Gale Van Cott, Kuno Sponholz, Kathryn Meisle, Dominic Marcus

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Look who's back

Plot: Duane and his basket-bound mutant brother are taken in by a secret home for wayward freaks with journalists hot on their tail.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

I might be too generous here with my score but I really loved what happened at the end with Duane (Hentenryck) and Susan (Rattray).  It was hilarious and completely unexpected and the very end was out there and fun.  The rest of the film is really silly and doesn't come close to the fun the first BASKET CASE (1982) film brought to the table.  You could say it suffers from sequelitis by having a house full of freaks instead of just one.  Then there's the overly comical synthesizer score that ramps up the funny, only I didn't find it funny.  Where the first film felt raw, underground and independent, this first sequel looks clean and more polished.  I'm such a huge fan of Henenlotter that I'm almost afraid to check out the third film.  Talk about procrastination, I see in my review for the first film that I was planning on tackling part 2 that same month.  That was five and a half years ago.  Geez.

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