After going crazy and stitching Belial back on himself at the end of
the second film, Duane is now slapped into a straight jacket and kept
in a room for months until he's better. After being released by Granny
Ruth he founds out that Belial is going to be a father. So, Ruth
organises a road trip with her family to the deep south to meet a
doctor she knows that could actually help deliver the infants.
Although, after the delivery a couple of officers kidnap Belial's
babies, which makes Belial incredibly angry and causes the horrific
fury we've come expect from him.
First off, a word of warning… it's not a film for the uninitiated of
cheap and twisted cinema. Pretty much what we got here is a wayward
freak show, which has a charmingly campy appeal. I had to pick up my
jaw from the ground, as it's just off the rails! If you've seen the
second one, you know what to expect, even if it does up the ante on the
craziness this time around. The first film was a sleazy classick, the
second wasn't too bad, but this outing I thought was somewhat of an
improvement on the first sequel. Only fans of the Basket Case films and
that of incredibly wild and cheesy B-films will get something out of
it. Frank Henenlotter's "Basket Case 3: The Progeny" is just as cheap
and crude, but far more adventurous, with cartoon-style violence and
twists that go one step further. Everything and I mean everything is
played for wicked laughs. You got the quirky sense of humour and
offbeat dialogue, that provides one corny one liner after another.
Shoddy looking makeup and cheap rubbery effects actually dazzle,
because you seen nothing quite like it, with Belial and his buddies
looking okay and at least have different types of personalities and
distinguishable features. Plus there's plenty of moments that pop up
out the blue, like a musical number and kinky sexual act. But it's
those eye popping sequences of Belial's grisly and inventive attacks
that just make it so hugely exciting, especially the film's climax,
which was a real hoot.
One thing you definitely notice throughout the series, is that when it
came to this film there was more of a focus on Granny Ruth and her
family of "unique individuals". The brotherly love seemed more drifted,
but when those two shared the screen that's when most of best moments
occurred. The film definitely felt more childish, but still there was
an underlying cruel and ghastly tone to proceedings and the story also
has a message about accepting others as the way they are. Just to be
open-minded, really. There's some nice homage's from other films too
and a rather brisk pace keeps things going. Henenlotter even adds a
recount of what happened at the end of the second film to just refresh
your memory, but that ending I don't think is that hard to forget when
your thinking of the Basket Case films. Surprisedly the enthusiastic
acting gets better, but by not much. Kevin Van Hentenryck again fitted
the role perfectly as the oddball Duane, even if his character's
persona is all over shop. But again its Annie Ross, who steals all the
scenes she's in as the determined Granny Ruth.
Stupid? You're right about that, but it's just hilariously demented fun
and nothing more!