- Ax 2013
Basket Case 3
Basket Case 3: The Progeny
Edgar Ievins, James Glickenhaus (executive) for Ievins-Henenlotter, Shapiro-Glickenhaus
directed by Frank Henenlotter
starring Kevin Van Hentenryck, Annie Ross, Gil Roper, Dan Biggers, Jim O'Doherty, Tina Louise Hilbert, Carla Morrell, Carmen Morrell, Jackson Faw, Jim Grimshaw, Tim Warle, Jerry G.White, Beverly Bonner, Rick Smailes, Jeff Winter, Berle Bowken, Denise Coop, James Derrick, Donna Mage, Dean Hines, Larry Hurd, Cedrick Manuck, Dean Gifford, Wendy Parker, Pierre Perea, Fernando Gonzales, Benny Phipps, Heather Place, Marty Polack, Charles Portney, James Scott, Bill Scully, Tim Ware, Tim Kearns
written by Frank Henenlotter, Robert Martin, music by Joe Renzetti, special makeup effects by Atlantic West Effects
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The film sets in a few months after Basket
Case 2 left off: Duane (Kevin Van Hentenryck) is kept in a padded
cell and a strait jacket for what he did in the earlier movie, but Auntie
Ruth (Annie Ross), leader of a secret colony of freaks, still cares for
him despite the fact that he killed her daughter. Only Duane's severed
Siamese twin brother Belial holds a grudge against him, but he's got other
things to do, because his girlfriend Eve is about to give birth.
here is, like Belial, Eve is a bizarrely deformed creature, and nobody
knows what's exactly going to happen when she's giving birth. So Auntie
Ruth takes her whole stable of freaks including Duane to the country and
the only doctor she trusts, uncle Hal (Dann Biggers), who also takes care
of Ruth's own son, the horribly deformed ingenious inventor Little Hal
Apart from Belial, who hates doctors as such, attacking
Uncle Hal, the birth of Eve's 12 (!) babies goes along uneventful, but
during an unguarded moment, Duane actually manages to escape. Once out, he
hooks up with cute Opal (Tina Louise Hilbert) ... who just happens to be
the daughter of the sheriff (Dan Roper), who soon enough has him locked up
to have some S/M fun with him. However, the cops find out who Duane is (a
wanted murderer, see the first Basket
Case), and soon enough they figure Belial, who has a reward on his
head, has to be in Uncle Hal's house ... so they break in, kill Eve and
steal the babies.
Auntie Ruth's freaks figure out what has been going on
soon enough, so they leave Belial's basket on the police's doorstep, and
he soon takes the whole station apart, but then is wounded and Duane has
to help him escape, leaving the babies behind.
Back at Uncle Hal's
place, Little Hal builds a robot which Belial, sitting in the center of
it, can control as if it was his own personal killing machine.
robot, Belial has his revenge on all cops involved with the killing of Eve
and the kidnapping of his kids, then he and his freak friends take the
In the final scene, Auntie Ruth and her freaks take over a TV
studio and announce that the age of the freaks has come.
like its predecessor, Basket Case 3 doesn't live up to the
expectations of the original Basket
Case - but it proves to be a worthy sequel to Basket
Case 2, inasmuch as it's an a tad formulaic horror flick with a
few inspired bizarre touches, and a handful of inventive and grotesque
death scenes. Plus, the directorial approach is light-footed enough to
make the whole thing work. This all doesn't make Basket Case 3 a
masterpiece of course, but at least watchable and at times even enjoyable