TheBookOfDread’s review published on Letterboxd:
For me there are two kings of body horror. The slick & clinical Cronenberg & Frank Henenlotter.
Unlike Cronenberg’s films which usually feature scientist, doctors & experts, Henenlotter allows his horrors to befall regular people & I think his films are much more universal as a result.
His films are funny and sad, cartoons full of pathos soaked in blood.
Basket Case is the prototype for this new form of urban terror. It’s success owes much to the locations & design of the film, as well as a sophisticated narrative structure & tragic text & subtext.
It’s a story about living with the worst part of yourself and the suffering caused by it and the trauma that results when you must separate.
For me, a flawless work.