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Basket Case 3: The Progeny – Synapse Films (BluRay) 
Written by: on July 18th, 2016


Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1991
Director: Frank Henenlotter
Writer: Frank Henenlotter, Robert Martin
Cast: Kevin Van Hentenryck, Gil Roper, Denise Coop, Annie Ross

BluRay released: August 9th, 2016
Approximate running time: 90 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: R
Sound: DTS-HD Stereo English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Synapse Films
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $19.95


Synopsis: After a psychotic break Duane tries to reunite with his demented Siamese twin brother Belial, who he had become detached from since the operation which severed them from each other. To make matters worse Duane latest breakdown happens when Belial is about to become a father. Will the two brothers be able to work out their issues or will they once again leave a trail of carnage everywhere they go?

Basket Case 3: The Progeny was co-written and directed by Frank Henenlotter, who’s other notable films include, Brain Damage and Frankenhooker. Basket Case 3: The Progeny also marks the end of a trilogy of films, with the other two films from this trilogy being, Basket Case and Basket Case 2. All three films in this trilogy were directed by Frank Henenlotter. Key collaborators on Basket Case 3: The Progeny include composer Joe Renzetti (The Exterminator, Dead & Buried, Frankenhooker) and co-screenwriter Robert Martin (the original editor of ‘Fangoria’ magazine), who also co-wrote with Frank Henenlotter the screenplay for Frankenhooker.

The film does a great job setting everything up by opening with a recap of all the major events which make up the first two films in the Basket Case trilogy. From there the film kicks into overdrive into a bizarre world of grotesque imagery and WTF moments. For those who are not familiar with the film’s of Frank Henenlotter watching a film like Basket Case 3: The Progeny is sure to leave many viewers shell shocked.

There is never a shortage of gore in this film, whether it be in the form of the more familiar red stuff or other types of body fluids. Though there are elements which one would associate with the Horror film genre within this film the way in which violence erupts on the screen is done so over the top that it is bound to evoke laughter rather than fright. In lesser hands this could be the death nail for a film, but in the hands of Frank Henenlotter the events which unfold on screen are pure bliss.

Sequels have a tough path to travel, since what has come before them is often too difficult to top. Especially when said sequels try to rehash the original and not bring anything new to the table. Thankfully that is not the case here with Basket Case 3: The Progeny, a film that not only stands on its own right, it also serves as a solid conclusion to the Basket Case trilogy.

The BluRay:

Basket Case 3: The Progeny comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. For this release a brand new Hi Def transfer was created form the film’s original 35mm vault materials and the end result is another solid transfer from Synapse films that is a major improvement upon all previous home video release for this film.

This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD stereo mix in English and removable English SDH subtitles have been included with this release. The audio is in very good shape, dialog si always clear, everything sounds balanced and robust when it needs too.

Extras for this release include, reversible cover art and a trailer for the film (1 minute 50 seconds).

Overall another solid audio / video presentation from Synapse Films.

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