Basket Case 3: The Progeny

Basket Case 3: The Progeny

Director: Frank Henenlotter Cast: Annie Ross, Kevin Van Hentenryck, Dan Biggers


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Cult director Frank Henenlotter does the seemingly impossible by breathing new life into this horror-comedy series about the twisted escapades of the Bradley Brothers: the deranged but sensitive Duane (Kevin Van Hentenryck) and his monstrously-deformed former Siamese twin Belial. The previous installment had the siblings settling a nasty dispute in a particularly grisly manner... but appearances can deceive, as the original Basket Case proved with its similar denouement, which the director casually ignored in order to move things along. This time, Duane and Belial are still a bit miffed at each other but eventually make cute when it's learned that Belial is going to be a daddy -- thanks to a stomach-churning tryst with the similarly-shaped mutant Eve in the previous chapter. Things seem to be returning to relative normalcy in their newfound home -- considering that said home is Granny Ruth's sanctuary for "Unique Individuals" whose curator (Annie Ross, reprising her role) offers bed and board to an ensemble of freaks with cartoonishly-large deformities. It is only when the entire group sets out for the Georgia clinic of Uncle Hal -- a specialist who is capable of delivering Eve's plentiful offspring -- that their revels come to an end, thanks to a redneck sheriff and his thick-headed deputies, who don't exactly take a shine to their kind. It's up to Belial to save the day, which he does with bloody gusto thanks to a mechanical exoskeleton built by Uncle Hal's ingenious multi-armed son. Despite falling into some of the same pitfalls as the previous film (namely the slightly-too-outrageous mutant makeup), this is a stylish coda to the series, with strong and very funny performances from the leads and some memorably grotesque moments -- especially a bizarre road-trip sing-along by the freaks and the jarring air of "cuteness" in the disgusting birth scene.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/07/2004
UPC: 0024543120568
Original Release: 1991
Rating: R
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:30:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Full screen presentation; Audio: English 2.0 (Dolby stereo); Optional English subtitles; English closed captioned; Scene selection; Interactive menus; Digitally mastered

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Annie Ross Granny Ruth
Kevin Van Hentenryck Duane Bradley
Dan Biggers Uncle Hal
Gil Roper Sheriff Griffith
Tina Louise Hilbert Opal
James O'Doherty Little Hal
Jim Grimshaw Baxter
James Scott Frederick
Tim Ware Brennan
David Milford Brody
Donna Hall Arthur
James Derrick Basil
Denise Coop Actor

Technical Credits
Frank Henenlotter Director,Screenwriter
William Barclay Production Designer
Gabe Bartalos Special Effects
James Glickenhaus Executive Producer
Edgar Ievins Producer
Robert Martin Screenwriter
Caty Maxey Art Director
Bob Paone Cinematographer
Joe Renzetti Score Composer
Leonard Shapiro Producer
Greg Sheldon Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Monsters Ball/ Main Title [6:50]
2. It's A Mad House [5:09]
3. Ride The Freaky Bus [6:41]
4. Charming The Law [4:44]
5. Meet And Greet [5:42]
6. Sharing The Moment [7:14]
7. The Miracle Of Birth [5:07]
8. Freak Twin Reward [5:39]
9. Trigger Happy [5:36]
10. Prisoner Of Love [4:40]
11. Little Big Hal [6:13]
12. He's Alive! [4:33]
13. No Way Out [6:35]
14. Making A Deal [4:20]
15. Robo Freak [5:24]
16. Human Oddities/ End Credits [5:03]

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