The Scariest: Basketcase

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Basketcase (1982) unfolds, or should I say gives birth, to the stomach-churning premise that a pair of Siamese Twins don’t exactly look alike as they slide out of Mom’s womb. Kevin Van Hentenryck (at left) is handsomely normal, but his brother Belial is one hideous mess. They eventually plan to get even with the doctor who helped bring them into the world, feeling he must have been brain-dead at the time. Written and directed by Frank Henenlotter, Basketcase fared well enough that two sequels were made. Henenlotter also gave us Brain Damage (well, not quite the way it sounds – I’m referring to his 1988 feature), Frankenhooker (1990) and the documentary Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore (2010). Gee, it must have been Lewis who set Henenlotter on his quest to show us The Scariest!

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