Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite wishes he could relive the year of 1982.
It wasn’t bad year in pop culture history, I suppose. Except for when The Equal Rights Amendment didn’t make enough votes to pass in congress. That kinda sucked as Phyllis Schlafly and the good old Christian right reveled its its defeat. Former Saturday Night Live alumni and converted punk rocker John Belushi (Belushi was a huge fan of the L.A. punk band Fear) dies from a drug overdose. So there was consolation in Atari 2600 video games and the creation of the CD player. Across the Atlantic, Princess Diana gave birth to her first son William. Meanwhile onward British soldiers as they fought in the Falklands War.
One of the top grossing films of that year was E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. However, when everyone else was oohing and ahhing over that butt-ugly alien, there was a few horror fans across the sleazier side of town. They were asking what was in the basket.
Basket Case is a 1982 horror classic totally worth checking out. It’s definitely a proud addition to my own personal DVD collection. The director, Frank Henenlotter went on to produce another horror classic in 1990 titled Frankenhooker.
Without no further hesitation, here’s the trailer to the original Basket Case: