Basket Case 3: The Progeny – 1 out of 5
Years ago an ex-girlfriend of mine exposed me to the dark comedy Basket Case. I know the film has a cult following and is genuinely loved by its fanbase but, holy mackerel, I thought it was dumb. Granted, I found it fun in its dumbness but never found it to be a genuinely decent example of a dark comedy. It’s poor production and awkward acting really held it back for me. At the time I never realized it spawned two sequels. In 2012, I watched the second one and now, 6 years later, I’m finally giving the final film; Basket Case 3: The Progeny a chance—I’m a busy man and sometimes it takes me some time to get to these films.
|A visual representation of how I feel after watching a Basket Case film.|
At the end of the previous film, Duane Bradley (Kevin Van Hentenryck) decided to sew his grotesque twin Belial back onto his body while staying at Granny Ruth’s (Annie Ross) home for deformed people. The action results in him spending months in a padded cell and his brother cutting all contact with him (they can speak telepathically). Duane is released in time for all the residents of the home to hop on a bus and hit the road so they can meet with a doctor who will help Belial’s girlfriend Eve give birth to their babies. However, when they get to the small town, they find the police aren’t too receiving to their kind and some deputies kidnap Belial and Eve’s many kids. Now Duane and Belial must save the children and end the discrimination that freaks like them keep facing.
|I'm not programmed to be a dad so I really don't see much difference between|
these and human babies.
Pretty much like the other films, I really didn’t care for The Progeny. It doesn’t have a balance of horror and comedy (which the other two also had this issue) and the performances are too cheesy. Sure, the practical effects and make-up have their charm but it’s just not enough to make it a decent movie for me. Ultimately, however, the major drawback for this film is the fact I didn’t find the story very engaging.
|Even giving Belial his own cobbled together mech-suit can't make this film|
I won’t make the argument that this franchise was standing on top of a high-quality tale full of depth and intrigue but this story just feels like it was quickly farted out and went into production. The first film, for as much as I didn’t care too much for it, had a story that was interesting enough to get its hooks into me. The second one was a little lacking but still enough that it felt like it warranted its own existence. This one doesn’t feel that way. If the Basket Case franchise was a television series, The Progeny is the episode that was mostly filler and just used to get the season up to a full order for the network.
|With a name like Granny Ruth, you'd think she'd be making chocolates and |
not safeguarding deformed people from society. Well, maybe she does both.
Basket Case 3: The Progeny is a very weak closure to a franchise that I really only found enjoyable on a “so bad they’re good” level. I didn’t find any of the films genuinely amusing or entertaining but found charm in all the bad production. This final one, on the other hand, just didn’t have the same level of charm and was just boring.