Weird and Wonderful


Last night I watched Basketcase (1982) courtesy of a friend’s video collection, and was reminded of both Jan √Ö¬†vankmajer’s Little Otik (2000) – which has higher production values but is just as strange a story, and Jeffrey Sconce’s article “Trashing the Academy: Taste, Excess, and an Emerging Politics of Cinematic Style”. I highly recommend all three.

The “monster” in the basket is not very scary, although he’s terribly violent, and his stop motion rampage is pretty wonderful. Check out the terrible lighting – including telephone wire shadows cast across faces, the bad hair pieces, and the non-stellar acting.

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