"Basket Case 3: The Progeny (1991/Blu-ray/Synapse Films)" Review

This is the 3rd and final chapter in the Basket Case trilogy and I have to say that it goes out with a bang! This time around Duane and Belial are dealing with the upcoming birth of Belials children, as well as a fight with the local police who catch wind of the babies and decide to kidnap them. If I've learned anything from the past 2 films it would be that you don't fuck with Belial or his family because he will tare you apart! Belial brings hell to their doorstep in a gore filled finale!

Of the three films I have to say that this one is the most over-the-top of them all and ends in a finale that pays tribute to Alien with Belial in a mech-suit made from things found in a junk yard. For me that scene gets more and more cool everytime I see it. I can say that the things I liked in the previous film I like in this one as well. In a way you could sew these two sequels together and make one long second film. Over the years I have started to like this film more and more and I now see it as a great sequel. Did 2 or 3 really need to be made? Of course not, but I am glad they did so because it gave us one of my favorite horror franchises of all time.
The gore and special effects are on par with those of the previous film. I still really like the look of the freaks and it's great to see them all again. In some ways it seems like some of the animatronics are a bit better. Of all the creature effects in the film I simply love what they did with the morbidly cute baby Belials! For some reason there is a certain freak in the film that actually is unnerving to me and that is the character Little Hal who is an 8 foot tall multi armed freak. I don't know why, but his character just weirds me out.
The only bad part about reviewing this film is finding anything new to say that I couldn't just take from my review of the 2nd film. They are just so much alike. Overall I think that if you've seen the second film and not this one than I think you will enjoy what this one has to offer. Now as far as it goes with this release, well it's the exact same release as the older Synapse Films release just in HD. Yes they did that with 2 as well. I just wish they would of added a commentary to both releases with the director Frank Henenlotter. I loved the one that was put on the original Basket Case blu-ray release from Image Entertainment. Nonetheless this is a good upgrade from the DVD release.

-Daniel Lee

Director: Frank Henenlotter
Lead Actor/Actress: Kevin Van Hentenryck
Genre: Horror/Comedy
Blu-ray Release Year: 2016
Theatrical Release Year: 1992
Time Length: 90 mins.
Rating: R
Region Code: Region Free
Release Company: Synapse Films
Website: www.synapse-films.com