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Frankenhooker (1990)

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

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Cast

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

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 <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Comedy | Horror

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

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1 June 1990 (USA)  »

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FRanken Puta  »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$205,068 (USA)
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Trivia

The brain with the eye in the beginning of the film is based on the advertisements for The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962). See more »

Goofs

Incorrectly regarded as goof: As 'Frankenhooker' is an homage to writer Mary Shelley, the 'Frankenstein' films and the low budget gore movies of the 1960s and 1970s, the FX, make-up and prosthetics are deliberately clumsy. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jeffrey Franken: [Jeffrey examines his creation of a human eyeball on the inside of a human brain] Just watch my hand. Watch it. Watch my hand now. Nice and slow, back and forth. Watch the hand.
Jeffrey Franken: [Jeffrey begins snapping] Come on. Do something, wake up. Let's go! Let's see that peeper.
Jeffrey Franken: [Jeffrey pauses before pulling out a scalpel] Be very careful here. I'm gonna give it a lobotomy.
Jeffrey Franken: [the brain and eye begins to move rapidly] Jesus - That's it, that's it. That's right. Now follow my hand. Look at the hand...
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No animals or people were killed or injured in the making of this movie. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Starfighters (1994) See more »

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Pandora's Box
Written by Roger Greenawalt and Clifford Lane
Performed by Roger Greenawalt and Clifford Lane
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A trash classic! Great fun!
5 September 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Normally I run away screaming at anything labeled "horror comedy" but 'Frankenhooker' joins 'Motel Hell' as one of the few exceptions. This is an amusing take on Frankenstein with James Lorinz reveling in the role of a mad scientist obsessed with bringing back his girlfriend who died in a freak lawn mowing accident(!). Using the body parts of some local working girls and some "super crack" he ends up with a lot more than he bargained for! Frankenhooker! Played by the lovely Patty Mullen who is sexy and displays plenty of comic timing. Writer/director Frank Henenlotter had previously made the trash classics 'Basket Case' and 'Brain Damage', both of which are brilliant, and 'Frankenhooker' is just as good. Three movies as original and entertaining as those are three more than most film makers ever come up with, so it is a crying shame that Henenlotter has been strangely quiet for the last decade. Hopefully he will resurface one day with something new. In the meantime, watch 'Frankenhooker' for some serious fun. It's an absolute hoot!


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