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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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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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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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

C.K. Steefel ... Dolores (as Carissa Channing)
Shirl Bernheim ... Elizabeth's Grandmother

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

Louise Lasser ... Jeffrey's 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 ... Frankenhooker's Trick
Avind Harum ... Batman Shirt (as Eivind Harum)
Thomas Crognale ... Stud in Hotel

Kathleen Gati ... Corner Hooker (as Kathi Gati)
Sonya Hensley ... Corner Hooker
Dominic Marcus ... Pimp
Paul-Felix Montez ... Goldie
Alan Pratt ... Transvestite
Jan Saint ... Street Preacher
Carrotte ... Puppeteer
Richard Casey ... Puppeteer
James Farley ... 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)

Directed by
Frank Henenlotter 
Writing credits
Robert Martin (written by) and
Frank Henenlotter (written by)

Produced by
James Glickenhaus .... executive producer
Edgar Ievins .... producer
Original Music by
Joe Renzetti 
Cinematography by
Robert M. Baldwin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Kevin Tent 
Casting by
Caroline Sinclair 
Production Design by
Charles C. Bennett  (as Charles Bennett)
Art Direction by
Pat Jacoby 
Artemis Pizarro 
Makeup Department
Robert Audin .... special makeup effects crew: special effects assistant
Gabriel Bartalos .... special makeup effects artist (as Gabe Bartalos)
Barbara Anne Bock .... special makeup effects crew: special effects assistant (as Barbara Bock)
Rose Chatterton .... hair stylist
Andy Clement .... special makeup effects crew: special effects assistant (as Andrew Clement)
Gino Crognale .... special makeup effects crew: first assistant (as Gino Blaze Crognale)
Dan Frye .... makeup artist (as Daniel Frye)
Arnold Gargiulo .... special makeup effects crew: special effects assistant (as Arnold Gargiulo II)
Bill Messina .... special makeup effects crew: special effects assistant (as Billy Messina)
Nick Santeramo .... special makeup effects crew: special effects assistant (as Nicholas Santeramo)
Paul Sciacca .... special makeup effects crew: special effects assistant (as Paul M. Sciacca)
Production Management
Declan Baldwin .... production manager
Kirsten Bates-Renaud .... assistant production executive (as Kirsten Bates)
Christopher Bunney .... assistant production executive
Frank K. Isaac .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peggy Craven .... second second assistant director
Ted Hope .... first assistant director
Richard Spector .... second assistant director
Art Department
Kenneth Behm .... head carpenter
Tim Chambers .... structural carpenter
Wendy Jo Cohen .... set dresser
Angela Cumberbirch .... assistant props
Ron English .... graphic art
Frank Guglielmo .... structural carpenter
Guy Hunt .... scenic carpenter
Klem Jarzabkowski .... mechanical props
Gary Levinson .... assistant construction supervisor
Mike Moran .... construction supervisor (as Michael Moran)
Gregg O'Gara .... structural carpenter
Chris O'Neal .... master scenic carpenter
Daniel Ouellette .... property master
Judy Rhee .... art department production assistant
Robert Siebern .... electronic props
Ezekiel Springer Jr. .... construction production assistant
Joel Steiner .... scenic carpenter
Bruce Torbet .... electronic props
Simon Twhigg .... structural carpenter
Lauren Waldron .... art department production assistant
Michael J. Whittlesey .... scenic carpenter
Nina Zarnett .... art department production assistant
Sound Department
Paul Bang .... sound mixer
Elisha Birnbaum .... foley artist
Neil Danziger .... boom operator
Michael DiCosimo .... dolby stereo consultant
Eugene Gearty .... sound effects editor
Darrell Hanzalik .... adr editor
Raymond Karpicki .... dialogue editor
Yvette Nabel .... assistant adr editor
Greg Sheldon .... supervising sound editor
Michael Shore .... assistant sound editor
Paul P. Soucek .... sound effects editor
Dominick Tavella .... re-recording engineer
Nancy Cabrera .... foley artist (uncredited)
Brian Vancho .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
James Chai .... special effects mechanic
Yvette Helin .... special effects wardrobe
Dan McMahon .... pyrotechnics assistant
Tom Molinelli .... special props (as Thomas Molinelli)
Gregory Ramoundos .... special effects mechanic
Matt Vogel .... pyrotechnics supervisor
Vinnie Vollono .... high voltage props
Ken Walker .... animatronics supervisor (as Kenneth Walker)
Scot Weiss .... special prop assistant
Visual Effects by
Dennis Hamelin .... optical layout
Rick Hannigan .... optical printing
Yvon Ipperciel .... process technician
Al Magliochetti .... visual effects supervisor
Steve Sanderson .... animation camera operator
Tim Segulin .... technical consultant
Ken Thornburn .... rotoscope assistant
Shelly Morrow .... optical assistant (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Bolles .... best boy
Robin Brown .... first assistant camera
Elizabeth Carney .... additional swing
Peter Clark .... additional photography
Peter Clark .... second grip
Timothy Gannon .... second assistant camera
Shaun Gilbert .... additional swing
Frank Henenlotter .... additional photography
Dan Karlok .... additional electric (as Daniel Karlok)
J. Kochiss .... video engineer (as J Kochiss)
William MacGhee .... gaffer
Eric Mache .... still photographer
Linda Phillips .... third electric
Tom Potoskie .... additional grip
John Sosenko .... additional first assistant
Antonio Tatum .... additional electric
Benjamin Wolf .... key grip
Casting Department
Meredith Jacobson .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deborah Clark .... additional wardrobe
Artemis Pizarro .... wardrobe supervisor
Christina Pizarro .... assistant wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Louie Cangiano .... dailies supervisor
Lenge Hong .... apprentice editor
Michael Levine .... assistant editor
Norman Rinehart .... color consultant
Angelo Russo .... color timer
Sal Trezza .... post-production laboratory supervisor
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher (uncredited)
Music Department
Robert Sands .... assistant to composer
Transportation Department
William Curtin .... production driver (as William E. Curtin Jr.)
Thomas W. Leavy .... transportation captain
Bobby Marsh .... camera car driver: New York (as Bob Marsh)
Bobby Marsh .... production driver
Thomas J. Miele .... production driver
Daniel Palmer .... production driver
Other crew
Delphine Burrus .... production assistant
Robin Cousart .... production auditor
Frank D'Aurio Jr. .... production assistant
Phillipa Davis .... assistant office coordinator
John DeSimone .... production assistant: transportation (as John De Simone)
Christine Dolce .... office assistant
Girard Draper .... intern
Kirk Ellis .... publicist
Michael Ferrari .... location scout
Nelson Gonzalez .... parking coordinator
Bartus Hegenwald .... intern
Guy Helson .... production assistant
Scott Hornbacher .... location manager
Marjorie Kaye .... production assistant
Rob Koch .... production assistant
Helen Koerick .... craft service
Mark Kuna .... production assistant
Jeff Kushner .... production assistant (as Jeffrey Kushner)
B.J. Levoy-Jones .... administration assistant: The Light and Motion Corporation
Anita Muro .... craft service
Audrey Muro .... craft service
George Nelson .... location manager
Rocco Palmieri .... intern
Paul Perez .... studio manager
Mark Rhodes .... location scout
Nancy Riggs .... location scout
Bob Ryan .... administrative supervisor: The Light and Motion Corporation (as Robert Ryan)
Michael Taylor .... script supervisor
Janice Weiss .... production office coordinator
Davis Willis .... business affairs: The Light and Motion Corporation
Dennis Abato .... thanks
Jorge Amador .... thanks
Jeremy Koch .... thanks
Martie Pike .... thanks
Dan Sandberg .... thanks
John Sinatra .... thanks

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects
  • Light & Motion (titles and visual effects) (as The Light and Motion Corporation)
Other Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for gore, drugs and sensuality, and for language (edited for re-rating)
85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Writer/director Frank Henenlotter improvised the basic story at a pitch meeting. After getting the okay to make the picture, he then wrote the script for the movie.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When handled, the body parts are obviously flimsy plastic objects, rather than large pieces of meat and bone.See more »
Jeffreys Mother:Oh Jeffrey! I'm worried about you.
Jeffrey Franken:Yeah, well so am I, Ma. Something is happening to me that I just don't understand. I can't think straight anymore. Like my reasoning is all twisted and distorted, you know? I seem to be disassociating myself from reality more and more each day. I'm antisocial and becoming dangerously amoral. I've lost the ability to distinguish right from wrong, good from bad. I'm scared, Ma. I mean I feel like I'm plunging headfirst into some kind of black void of sheer, utter madness.
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13 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Superbly twisted horror-comedy, 1 September 2004
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Frankenhooker is without a doubt one of the most stupid, ridiculous, moronic, pointless, fun and brilliant films that I have seen. From the film's opening; which sees our would-be hero working on a strange brain with an eye in it, with some ridiculously out of place, relaxed suburbia music playing in the background; I knew that I was in for a comic treat. This movie features several moments of delicious comic brilliance; such as the out of control lawnmower sequence that sees the central character's girlfriend get tragically murdered, to the rather tactless news report detailing said tragedy, to the exploding whores and all the way down to the weather report which details a storm that is coming, "for all you mad scientists out there"; there's plenty to make you laugh in Frankenhooker.

The film takes obvious influence from the classic Frankenstein story, and it should appeal to anyone that is a fan of cheesy 80's gorefests. Of course, this was released in 1990, but that's incidental. As mentioned, the main character's girlfriend is killed in a lawnmower accident. The accident itself is a comic masterpiece; it's so absurdly silly! Anyway, this accident leads our hero to the brink of madness (to which his mother responds to by asking him if he would like a sandwich), and he decides to make his girlfriend a new body from the parts of various prostitutes that he picks up. Of course, it doesn't quite go to plan, which leads him into all manner of weird troubles. James Lorinz takes the lead role of Jeffrey Franken (and his girlfriend's surname is Shelly...can you spot the tribute?). Lorinz is great as the hero for the movie, he spends a lot of it acting on his own and he more than holds the audience's interest with his speeches and great accent. A film like this needs an offbeat star; and it has one in Lorinz.

Overall, this terrifying tale of sluts and bolts is sheer comic brilliance, and if you're a fan of weird and wonderful cult films, and even if you're not; you won't want to miss Frankenhooker.

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