Monday, August 30, 2010
Bad Biology, Or: Oh, Screw it, Let's Talk about a GOOD Movie
Sigh. I was SO disappointed in this.
I love Henenlotter and I was really pumped to hear that he ended his fifteen year hiatus with a new film.
Frankenhooker. Brain Damage. The Basket Case films. I love them all. In fact, I love them all so much that when I started to write about Bad Biology, I ended up writing more about Basket Case.
So I said Eff It. Let's talk about Basket Case!!!!!
Right away we make with the red stuff:
I'm gonna git ya with mah big clay hand.....
Basket Case is the story of Duane, a young man who wanders into New York City carrying a mysterious wicker basket that he talks to:
Duane, as we'll soon find out, is in town to look up a few doctors. They have neat names like Kutter and Needleman.
He wastes no time going to see Dr Needleman, where he meets a receptionist with a real talent for imitating mice caught in typewriters:
I especially love when she gets all over Duane's case for not visiting Radio City Music Hall or the Statue of Liberty in the approximately 12 hours he's been in town:
Duane gets in to see Dr Needleman, and whips out this little puppy:
And we finally get to see what's in the basket:
Next day, Duane and his crabby receptionist hit the town:
Just when you thought she had the worst hairstyle in the movie....
Which doesn't sit well with Basket Boy, who goes on a rampage:
And then goes to pout in his favorite spot, where Duane has a heart-to-heart with him:
Duane goes out later to drown his sorrows, where he runs into a woman who lives in the hotel, and proceeds to do the worst impersonation of a drunk person ever:
In his drunkenness, Duane spills the beans to his buddy, telling her that his deformed brother, Belial, lives in the basket - and not only that, they used to be Siamese twins. Then Duane passes out so he can have a nifty flashback showing us what happened to he and Belial:
Turns out his mother died in childbirth, and his father always hated them and set up a little impromptu operating room to seperate the two:
Complete with neato sound effects that sound like cutting through styrofoam:
I love how they just toss him in a garbage bag and set him outside. Like, 'Oh, that deformed Siamese twin you just cut off my son? Just throw him outside, I'll put him on the curb tomorrow"
But it doesn't take long before Dad gets his:
But it turns out that Duane and Belial's aunt always had a soft spot for the little monster, and helps hide Belial from the world:
Eventually, Duane wakes up from his drunken slumber and he and Belial head out to find Dr Kutter:
Who has not only the balls to call Duane a freak but to also be the worst actress in the movie.
After Belial pushes her face into a drawer full of scalpels (which is how everyone keeps them, right?)
All kinds of awesome.
Duane and Belial return to their room after a hard day of killing only to find his receptionist girlfriend show up - which leads to hanky panky.....which does NOT sit well with Belial in the basket:
So Duane does the only logical thing. He wraps his girlfriend up in a BLANKET, opens the door, tosses her out into the HALLWAY, where she promptly bounces off the wall and hits the floor.
Of course she does the only logical thing and gets out of there ASAP:
Well, apparently a concussion isn't enough revenge for Belial, since he sneaks out later:
Stop motion madness.
And gets a little business on of his own- Which ends all kinds of badly:
Duane finds out and goes ape shit, then Belial goes on and goes ape shit right back at him:
Oh, don't feel too bad. They come back to life in Basket Case 2 and 3.
The DVD also has all kinds of neato extras, including commentaries and a tour of the locations featuring Frank Henelenlotter.
I also have to mention that I met Kevin VanHentenryck (Duane) and he was the sweetest thing. He's now an artist - look him up sometime.
Briefly, regarding Bad Biology. When we had this:
less than 20 minutes in, my hopes were high. I was all, Yay! Freak Babies!
Then it was downhill from there.
It's about a hyper sexual girl and a hyper sexual guy and guess what, they have a lot of sex. And talk about sex and think about sex and do sex a lot. But they're both such freaks that the people who have sex with them end up dead quite often. And inbetween all the sexin', well, it's just.....kind of .....
It was one of those movies that I ended up checking my email during and looking around for things to dust. Yeah.
But hey, we always have Belial and Duane, right? And maybe now that Henenlotter is back making films, he'll try another....and I'd probably give that one another shot before I totally give up. Because hey, I'm nothing if not optimistic.
Till next time, Dearhearts.....