Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Basket Case 2 (1990)

Directed by:
Frank Henenlotter

By the late 80s, the original had started to build up a hefty cult reputation, so two sequels were made back-to-back for Shapiro-Glickenhaus. Duane Bradley (Kevin Van Hentenryck) and his telepathic mutant twin brother Belial return. They go to live with freak sympathizer Granny Ruth (former singer Annie Ross) in a big mansion with dozens of other similar deformed social outcasts. Tabloid magazine reporters threaten to expose them, so it's time for revenge. The budget is much higher this time around, the acting is better and they've upped the ante in terms of gore and prosthetic make-up fx, but a cold, mean-spirited streak keeps this from being as much fun as it could have been.


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