BASKET CASE 1982
"An imaginative, twisted gem about the ultimate split personality."
— Michael Weldon, THE PSCYHOTRONIC ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FILM
What's in the basket? You'll love finding out. BASKET CASE is the debut gutter-trash symphony from Frank Henenlotter (BRAIN DAMAGE, FRANKENHOOKER), stealthily filmed in the toilet bowls of Times Square and chock-full of demented fury. Duane and his brother Belial are ex-siamese twins who arrive in New York with a purpose—revenge against everyone! The only catch is that Belial is a telepathic monstrosity who lives in a wicker basket. BASKET CASE features an incredibly grotesque monster puppet that will burn its essence on the surface of your brain from now until forever. It's also filled with real-life NYC sleazers, stop-motion shocks, and non-stop sicko fun, playing out like Herschell Gordon Lewis directing FREAKS on the set of TAXI DRIVER. A true DIY classick, BASKET CASE has been newly restored in 4K by MoMA and Arrow Films.
Saturday, February 3
Director: Frank Henenlotter
Starring: Kevin Van Hentenryck, Terri Susan Smith, Beverly Bonner
Runtime: 91 min., USA
BLOOD TEA AND RED STRING 2006
"Every now and then, a film comes along that is so original and made with such clear passion that it almost takes you a moment to catch your breath. Christiane Cegavske's BLOOD TEA AND RED STRING is precisely such a film" – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, FANGORIA
Christiane Cegavske's 2006 feature BLOOD TEA AND RED STRING is a transportive magic mirror to a fantasy world full of evil card-playing aristocrat mice, skull-faced flowers, and a psychedelic-dispensing frog shaman. Crafted and animated by hand over 13 years, this stop-motion feature has unforgettable design, and will appeal to fans of Jan Svankmajer and Brothers Quay, as well as anyone who has ever wondered if the animals they see in the woods have a religion.
Thursday, February 22
Directors: Christiane Cegavske
Runtime: 70 min., USA