DirectorFrank Henenlotter Initial DVD releaseOctober 30, 2007 Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateMarch 2, 1990 (1990-03-02) CastKevin Van Hentenryck (Duane Bradley), Annie Ross (Granny Ruth), Heather Rattray (Susan), Jason Evers (Lou), Kathryn Meisle (Marcie), Ted Sorel (Phil) Similar moviesX-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand, Inglourious Basterds
TaglineThis time he's not alone.
Basket Case 2 is a 1990 American comedy horror film written and directed by Frank Henenlotter. It was released on DVD by Synapse Films in October 2007. The film spawned a sequel, Basket Case 3: The Progeny, released in 1991.
Having survived their fall at the end of the first film, Duane Bradley and his hideously deformed brother Belial are rescued from the hospital by an elderly woman named Ruth who, along with her beautiful granddaughter, are the caretakers of an extended family of similarly deformed individuals. When a snooping tabloid reporter and a sleazy photographer threaten to endanger the community's welfare, the two brothers join with the freaks to defend their privacy with a vengeance.
Kevin Van Hentenryck as Duane Bradley
Annie Ross as Granny Ruth
Kathryn Meisle as Marcie
Heather Rattray as Susan
Jason Evers as Lou
Ted Sorel as Phil
Beverly Bonner as Casey
Matt Mitler as Arty
Leonard Jackson as Police Commissioner
Judy Grafe as News Woman
Chad Brown as News Man
Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 67% of six surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating was 6.4/10. Variety called it "a hilarious genre spoof" that pays homage to Freaks. Caryn James of The New York Times wrote, "As cheap horror spoofs go, this one isn't all bad." Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times wrote, "It has everything it needs to become the cult film that its 1982 predecessor has been: outrageous dark humor, bizarre horror, driving energy and genuine pathos."
From retrospective reviews, John Kenneth Muir wrote in his book Horror Films of the 1990s opined that Basket Case 2 was "disappointing" and that it "eschews all the qualities that made the down-and-dirty, low-budget original such a great pleasure."
This sequel was followed in 1991 by another sequel, Basket Case 3: The Progeny.