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Frankenhooker (1990)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  1 June 1990 (USA)
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A medical student sets out to recreate his decapitated fiancée by building her a new body made of Manhattan street hookers.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanne Ritchie ...
Mrs. Shelley
Patty Mullen ...
J.J. Clark ...
Mr. Shelley
Dolores (as Carissa Channing)
Shirl Bernheim ...
Elizabeth's Grandmother
Helmar Augustus Cooper ...
Detective Anderson (as Helmar Cooper)
Jeffrey's Mother
John Zacherle ...
Charlotte J. Helmkamp ...
Honey (as Charlotte Helmkamp)
Kimberly Taylor ...
Shirley Stoler ...
Joseph Gonzalez ...
Ari M. Roussimoff ...
Zorro's Customer (as Ari Roussimoff)


A medical school dropout loses his fiancée in a tragic lawnmower incident, and decides to bring her back. Unfortunately, he was only able to save her head, so he goes to the red light district in the city and lures prostitutes into a hotel room so he can get parts for his girlfriend. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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She's hot. She's sexy. And she's sutured to please. See more »


Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for gore, drugs and sensuality, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 June 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

FRanken Puta  »

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Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)


$205,068 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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[Examining a dead hooker's severed leg and foot]
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Another Twisted Classic From the Mind Of Frank Hennenlotter!!!
17 October 2005 | by (St. John's Abortion Clinic) – See all my reviews

Hennenlotter does it again with FRANKENHOOKER. How can one man come up with such geniously ridiculous stuff??? Anyone who has seen the glory that is BASKET CASE or BRAIN DAMAGE knows exactly where I'm coming from. Although I like FRANKENHOOKER the least of the three films, that is by no means putting this film down. It is yet another true classic.

FRANKENHOOKER is about a guy who's wife is killed in a freak lawnmowing incident. Distraught at his wife's early departure, our hero decides to take matters into his own hands and bring his wife back from the dead a la BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR. In search of "spare parts" for his project, he "taps" the most obvious source - New Jersey hookers!!! FRANKENHOOKER is ridiculous fun all the way through. Not really gory, but lots of fun stuff like supercrack-smoking-exploding-hookers (!!!) If you like good-humored sleaze, this one is right up your alley. Definitely recommended - 8/10

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