Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 13th, 2012
Release Date: USA, 1991
Director: Frank Henenlotter
Writers: Frank Henenlotter, Robert Martin
Cast: Kevin Van Hentenryck, Gil Roper, Denise Coop, Annie Ross
DVD released: October 9th, 2012
Approximate running time: 90 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Synapse Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
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.
Synapse Films presents Basket Case 3: The Progeny in an anamorphic widescreen that retains this films intended aspect ratio. Colors look accurate, black levels look very good, details look sharp and there are no problems with compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. The audio sounds clear and balanced throughout.
Extras for this release are limited to a trailer for the film (1 minute 52 seconds – anamorphic widescreen). Overall Synapse Films gives Basket Case 3: The Progeny a strong audio/ video presentation.