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Basket Case 3
Basket Case 3: The Progeny

USA 1992
produced by
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

Basket Case

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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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.

Problem 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 (Jim O'Doherty).

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.

In his 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 kids back.

In the final scene, Auntie Ruth and her freaks take over a TV studio and announce that the age of the freaks has come.

 

Just 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 genre entertainment.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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