BRAAAAINS! This week we sort through a pile of movies on our doorsteps and then dive into a trifecta of brain induced mayhem! First we break our Arrow Films Blu-ray of Frank Henenlotter’s BRAIN DAMAGE (1988); then we follow Edward Furlong into some CD-ROM Horror with BRAINSCAN (1994) and finally we unearth 1988’s criminally underseen THE BRAIN. As always, Josh Obershaw runs down the latest physical media news.
Frank Henenlotter’s BASKET CASE is a prime slice of sleazy exploitation goodness from the early ’80s. The tone of the series changed when the filmmaker returned to the story of formerly conjoined twins Duane and Belial almost a decade later. These sequels sport a more humorous vibe than the original, treating the various monstrosities that the Bradley twins come across more as goofy creatures than sources of terror. I myself prefer the tone of the original, but both of these sequels have merit. The residents of Granny Ruth’s “House of Freaks” are brought to life by expert makeup FX from Gabe Bartalos and they’re front and center in each follow-up. Henenlotter has always been hard on the third film, but I find it to be even more enjoyable than 2. The film perfects the previous installment’s creature design and also features the series’ best scene in an action-packed jailbreak.
We’ve had Frank Henenlotter’s 1982 cult classic, BASKET CASE, on Blu-ray for a while now (2011 to be precise), but what about the two inspired sequels that Henenlotter made in the early 90s? Well, BASKET CASE fans have cause for celebration. Synapse Films will be releasing 1990s BASKET CASE 2 and 1992’s BASKET CASE 3: THE PROGENY to Blu-ray on August 9th. The first sequel will be presented “in a beautiful high-definition transfer from the original 35mm camera negative, ” while the second’s high-definition transfer will be “from original 35mm vault materials.” In addition, both Blu-rays will be Region-Free!!!