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Cult Fiction Underground: Basket Case

When: Sept. 28-29 2012

While some horror movie auteurs have varied careers full of classics and turkeys, there also exists a league of low-budget, do-it-my-way-or-be-damned directors who may not be prolific, but who still manage to deliver grindhouse gore epics. And so it is with Frank Henenlotter, who has directed only six films in a career lasting 30 years; ah, but what treasures they are. It all started with 1982’s Basket Case, a bargain-basement, blood-soaked dark comedy of un-conjoined brotherly love and multiple stab wounds. The original tagline for the movie, “The tenant in room 7 is very small, very twisted and very mad,” is all you really need to know — and if someone brings a wicker basket into the theater — trust me — don’t ask, “What’s in the basket?”

Randy Fox

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