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Frankenhooker
     

Frankenhooker

Director: Frank Henenlotter, James Lorinz, Patty Mullen, Charlotte Helmkamp

Cast: Frank Henenlotter, James Lorinz, Patty Mullen, Charlotte Helmkamp

 

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Adventurous viewers not repelled by the title of this horror exploitation-comedy from Frank Henenlotter (director of the splatter cult classic Basket Case) will find a fair share of laughs on display, thanks to Henenlotter's typically energetic devil-may-care brand of gruesome humor. James Lorinz tears up acres of scenery as Jeffrey Franken, a neurotic

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Adventurous viewers not repelled by the title of this horror exploitation-comedy from Frank Henenlotter (director of the splatter cult classic Basket Case) will find a fair share of laughs on display, thanks to Henenlotter's typically energetic devil-may-care brand of gruesome humor. James Lorinz tears up acres of scenery as Jeffrey Franken, a neurotic electrician and aspiring mad scientist, who goes completely 'round the bend after his slightly pudgy girlfriend (former Penthouse pet, Patty Mullen) is shredded by his latest invention, a remote-control lawn mower. Preserving her head in his mom's freezer, he sets out to acquire shapely female parts to rebuild the rest of her, focusing his search on the city's red-light district. After watching a news feature on crack addiction among local prostitutes, Franken hits on the solution and invents a formula for "supercrack," which triggers the spontaneous detonation of anyone who smokes it. After blowing apart a hotel roomful of unfortunate ladies, he spirits their scattered limbs home to his garage laboratory, where his patchwork creation is eventually brought to life in a hilarious lift from The Bride of Frankenstein. Apparently, her brain spent too much time bobbing in the same preservative bath used for the hooker-parts, since she is instantly compelled to peddle her assets on every street corner in town, resulting in the high-voltage deaths of several johns (who are not entirely dissatisfied with their choice of demise). Her exploits reach the attention of sadistic pimp Zorro (Joseph Gonzalez), who, obsessed with finding the person responsible for blowing up his women, tracks her back to Franken's lab for the inevitable (and quite disgusting) confrontation. Basically a collection of crude but hilarious sight gags (Franken's predilection for plunging a power drill into his own skull; the pimp knocked senseless by flying severed limbs) and goofy throwaway dialogue, this may offer guilty pleasures for fans of Henenlotter's comic theater of the absurd. Frankenhooker is available on video in R and unrated versions, some featuring a suitably tacky slipcase, which, when pressed, screeches the words "Wanna date?"

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All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Mixing the gum-snapping kitsch of Valley Girl with the blood-and-breasts formula of countless slasher flicks, this horror-comedy follows Bride of Re-Animator in the quest to update James Whale's Bride of Frankenstein for the MTV generation. Whereas Bride of Re-Animator grappled, however melodramatically, with the same philosophical questions as the original Frankenstein films, Frankenhooker aims for something a little less weighty. Full of non-sequiter sight gags, inventively low-budget set pieces, broad stereotypes, and copious T & A, the film basically re-imagines The Brain That Wouldn't Die as a quickie softcore sex comedy. James Lorinz is terrific as mama's boy Jeffrey Franken, the head-drilling med-school dropout whose fantastical inventions get his girlfriend killed and then resurrected. Former centerfold Patty Mullen displays something approaching comic acuity as the titular undead nymphomaniac. Thanks to the underclothed supporting cast, she's only one of the gloriously ludicrous female stereotypes who totter around on stiletto heels and provide fuel for the carnage. Ultimately, though, it's director Frank Henenlotter's imaginative juxtaposition of gags and gore that provides Frankenhooker with its sense of fun. Henenlotter fills the film with the same colorful deadbeats who populated his even lower-budget debut, Basket Case. And although he doesn't quite surpass that film's eerily endearing sensibility, Frankenhooker remains an enjoyably rough-edged antidote the diminishing returns of straightforward slasher fare.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/10/2013
UPC:
0654930314296
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
NR
Source:
Synapse Films
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
26,438

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Lorinz Jeffrey Franken
Patty Mullen Elizabeth
Charlotte Helmkamp Honey
Shirley Stoler Spike, the Bartender
Louise Lasser Jeffrey's Mom
Joseph Gonzalez Zorro
Lia Chang Crystal
Jennifer Delora Angel
Vicki Darnell Sugar
Kimberly Taylor Amber
Heather Hunter Charteuse
Sandy Colisimo Monkey
Stephanie Ryan Anise
Paul-Felix Montez Goldie
Beverly Bonner Casey
Carissa Channing Dolores
Gregory Gilbert Times Square Victim #2
Sonia Hensley Corner Hooker #2
David Lipman Frankenhookers trick
Dominic Marcus Pimp
Ari M. Roussimoff Zorro's Customer
Jan Saint Street Preacher
John Zacherle Weatherman

Technical Credits
Frank Henenlotter Director,Screenwriter
Robert M. Baldwin Cinematographer
Gabe Bartalos Makeup Special Effects
James Glickenhaus Executive Producer
Edgar Ievins Producer
Robert Martin Screenwriter
Joe Renzetti Score Composer
Kevin Tent Editor

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