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Frankenhooker -- As Bill Murray once famously said: "If you see one movie this year, it should be Frankenhooker," this is a cult classic about a mad scientist determined to reanimate his dead fiancee with a little bit of "help" from a group of prostitutes.
Frankenhooker -- US Home Video Trailer from Simitar

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Release Date:
1 June 1990 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A medical student sets out to recreate his decapitated fiancée by building her a new body made of Manhattan street hookers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A trash classic! Great fun! See more (62 total) »

Cast

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James Lorinz ... Jeffrey Franken
Joanne Ritchie ... Mrs. Shelley
Patty Mullen ... Elizabeth Shelley
J.J. Clark ... Mr. Shelley

Carissa Channing ... Dolores
Shirl Bernheim ... Elizabeths Grandmother

Judy Grafe ... Newscaster
Helmar Augustus Cooper ... Detective Anderson (as Helmar Cooper)

Louise Lasser ... Jeffreys Mother
John Zacherle ... Weatherman
Charlotte J. Helmkamp ... Honey (as Charlotte Helmkamp)
Kimberly Taylor ... Amber
Shirley Stoler ... Spike the Bartender
Joseph Gonzalez ... Zorro
Ari M. Roussimoff ... Zorro's Customer (as Ari Roussimoff)
Tom Hair ... Motormouth
Beverly Bonner ... Casey
Jennifer Delora ... Angel
Lia Chang ... Crystal
Susan Napoli ... Anise (as Stephanie Ryan)

Heather Hunter ... Chartreuse
Gittan Goding ... Snow
Vicki Darnell ... Sugar
Sandy Colosimo ... Monkey
Max Brandt ... Desk Clerk
James Smythe ... Times Square Businessman
Gregory Gilbert ... Times Square Victim #2
David Lipman ... Frankenhookers trick
Avind Harum ... Batman Shirt (as Eivind Harum)
Thomas Crognale ... Stud in Hotel

Kathleen Gati ... Corner Hooker #1 (as Kathi Gati)
Sonya Hensley ... Corner Hooker #2

Dominic Marcus ... Pimp
Paul-Felix Montez ... Goldie
Alan Pratt ... Transvestite
Jan Saint ... Street Preacher
Carrotte ... Puppeteer
Richard Casey ... Puppeteer
Eren Ozker ... Puppeteer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sam Gordon ... Junkie (uncredited)
Frank Henenlotter ... Passenger (uncredited)

Anibal O. Lleras ... Pimp (uncredited)
Judy Young ... Extra smoking in bathroom hallway (uncredited)
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Directed by
Frank Henenlotter 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frank Henenlotter 
Robert Martin 

Produced by
James Glickenhaus .... producer
Edgar Ievins .... producer
 
Original Music by
Joe Renzetti 
 
Cinematography by
Robert M. Baldwin 
 
Film Editing by
Kevin Tent 
 
Casting by
Caroline Sinclair 
 
Makeup Department
Robert Audin .... special makeup effects crew: special effects assistant
Gabriel Bartalos .... special makeup effects artist
Barbara Anne Bock .... special makeup effects crew: special effects assistant
Andy Clement .... special makeup effects crew: special effects assistant
Gino Crognale .... special makeup effects crew: first assistant
Dan Frye .... makeup artist
Arnold Gargiulo .... special makeup effects crew: special effects assistant (as Arnold Gargiulo Jr.)
Bill Messina .... special makeup effects crew: special effects assistant
Nick Santeramo .... special makeup effects crew: special effects assistant
Paul Sciacca .... special makeup effects crew: special effects assistant
 
Production Management
Declan Baldwin .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ted Hope .... assistant director
Richard Spector .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Wendy Jo Cohen .... props
 
Sound Department
Paul Bang .... sound mixer
Nancy Cabrera .... foley artist
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
 
Special Effects by
Matt Vogel .... pyrotechnics supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Dennis Hamelin .... optical layout
Al Magliochetti .... visual effects supervisor
Shelly Morrow .... optical assistant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William MacGhee .... gaffer
Eric Mache .... still photographer
Linda Phillips .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Meredith Jacobson .... extras casting
 
Editorial Department
Michael Levine .... first assistant editor
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Bobby Marsh .... driver
 
Other crew
Delphine Burrus .... production assistant
John DeSimone .... production assistant
Guy Helson .... production assistant
Rob Koch .... production assistant
Mark Kuna .... production assistant
Jeff Kushner .... production assistant
Michael Taylor .... script supervisor
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for gore, drugs and sensuality, and for language (edited for re-rating)
Runtime:
85 min
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Australia:M | Australia:MA (re-rating) | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Germany:18 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2008) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | UK:18 | USA:R (edited for re-rating) | USA:X (original rating)
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Trivia:
Director Cameo: [Frank Henenlotter]on the train that Frankenhooker takes to Manhattan, standing by the door holding a newspaper.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When handled, the body parts are obviously flimsy plastic objects, rather than large pieces of meat and bone.See more »
Quotes:
Zorro:My women just blew up on me.See more »
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Soundtrack:
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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A trash classic! Great fun!, 5 September 2002
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

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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