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Basket Case (1982)

Nomination Year: 1993
SYNOPSIS:  Duane seems like a normal, handsome young man. He just happens to carry around a large wicker basket which secretly contains his brother, Belial. Belial is a hideously deformed claymation blob who was once Dwayne's Siamese twin. Duane sics him on anyone who was involved with their separation. When Duane's telepathic control over Belial slips, the blob-in-a-basket runs amok, killing Duane's girlfriend. In the end, it's brother vs. brother in a fight where everyone (especially the viewer) loses.

"Wanna Run That By Me Again?"

"And My Copy Machine Impression Wowed 'Em in the Break Room!"
Sadly, due to an error in the editing room, this clip never made it onto the finished Smithee tape, so it was never voted upon. It consisted primarily of a secretary describing the noise her broken typewriter makes. She gets this funny little look on her face and makes weird clacking noises. And the guy she's describing it to isn't even the repairman -- she just thinks he is.

"Let's Up The Rating To 'R'"

Now All We Need Is a Math Class
Near the end, Duane has a dream (or is it a dream?) in which he's running naked down the city streets at night. And we get to see his dream and everything in it. Everything, front and rear. This is a switch from the usual entry in this category, which normally features topless and/or naked women. But hey, we're not sexist.

Stupidest-Looking Monster

Claymation Terror Trashes Flophouse
The claymation blob runs amok. It looks like Ray Harryhausen's first attempt at a film, when he was six. You can see wires when the blob throws things.

Smithee Award Winner! Inane Dialogue

"Yeah, I'm Just Hanging Around...."
Duane is hanging from an electrified sign three stories above the ground, with the blob strangling him as he hangs. Someone in the gathering crowd on the ground calls out, "Hey, are you okay up there?"

Smithee Award Winner! Worst Special Effect

Claymation Terror Trashes Flophouse
The claymation blob runs amok. It looks like Ray Harryhausen's first attempt at a film, when he was six. You can see wires when the blob throws things.

Worst Acting

At Least She Dies at the End, Too
Sharon the receptionist (Teri Susan Smith) acts woodenly as her relationship with Duane blossoms. She takes him to the Statue of Liberty and they lounge on the grass, spouting lackluster lines.

Worst Picture

Now That's What I Call a Photographic Memory
(clip two) - Duane gets drunk and tells an acquaintance his life story, and the premise. To be more accurate, he passes out and has a flashback to his birth -- neat trick. Seems that ever since his father rejected the twins on their very first day of life, Duane ended up carrying his deformed, homocidal, psychic, Siamese-twin brother around in a basket. I mean, wouldn't you?

Worst Picture

"Wow. This Blob Must Be Worth a Fortune!"
(clip one) - A wino in the boarding house breaks into Duane's room to find a little cash or anything else worth stealing. He finds more than he bargained for when he decides to force open Belial's basket. The effects are cheesy as ever, including the "blood" that drips down the "dead" wino slumped against the wall.

Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame
Kevin VanHentenryck Pretty much just the Basket Case guy 
Terri Susan Smith  
Director Claim to Fame
Frank Henenlotter Director of the Basket Case series and Frankenhooker 

Bryan Cassidy

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