Friday, February 26, 2016
#226: Basket Case 2 (Frank Henenlotter, 1990)
Ignoring the real-world eight-year gap between the first Basket Case and its sequel, B-movie legend Frank Henenlotter begins this second installment moments after the first film ended. Fans of Basket Case (that's all of us, right?) who have never explored the sequels may be thinking to themselves, "Didn't our main characters plummet to their deaths at the end?" We all thought so until 1990, but Henenlotter informs us here that they merely plummeted to their extreme inconvenience. Belial is bruised and cut, and Duane (a returning Kevin Van Hentenryck) has head and leg injuries, but our telepathic murderers-with-hearts-of-gold formerly conjoined twin heroes, one of whom is a tiny, misshapen mutant who lives in a wicker basket, are still alive, which is great for almost everyone.