Basket Case 2

Basket Case 2
Directed by Frank Henenlotter
Produced by Edgar Ievins
Written by Frank Henenlotter
Starring Kevin Van Hentenryck
Music by Joe Renzetti
Cinematography Robert M. Baldwin
Edited by Kevin Tent
Distributed by Shapiro Glickenhaus Entertainment
Release dates
  • March 2, 1990 (1990-03-02)
Running time
90 minutes
Language English
Budget $2,500,000

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.[1]


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.



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.[2] Variety called it "a hilarious genre spoof" that pays homage to Freaks.[3] Caryn James of The New York Times wrote, "As cheap horror spoofs go, this one isn't all bad."[4] 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."[5]

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."[6]


This sequel was followed in 1991 by another sequel, Basket Case 3: The Progeny



  1. Gibron, Bill (2007-10-28). "Basket Case 2". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2014-09-18.
  2. "Basket Case 2 (1990)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-09-18.
  3. "Review: 'Basket Case 2'". Variety. 1990. Retrieved 2014-09-18.
  4. James, Caryn (1990-03-02). "Belial and Other Oddities Return in 'Basket Case 2'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-09-18.
  5. Thomas, Kevin (1990-04-13). "MOVIE REVIEW : 'Basket Case 2' Has Makings of Cult Success". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-09-18.
  6. Muir 2011, p. 56.


  • Muir, John Kenneth (2011). Horror Films of the 1990s. McFarland. ISBN 0786484802. 

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