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A medical student sets out to recreate his decapitated fiancée by building her a new body made of Manhattan street prostitutes. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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:

Glenn J. Cohen ... John on Stairs (uncredited)

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)
Location Management
Michael Ferrari .... location scout
Scott Hornbacher .... location manager
George Nelson .... location manager
Mark Rhodes .... location scout
Nancy Riggs .... location scout
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
Nelson Gonzalez .... parking coordinator
Bartus Hegenwald .... intern
Guy Helson .... production assistant
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
Rocco Palmieri .... intern
Paul Perez .... studio manager
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

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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:MA15+ (re-rating) | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Germany:18 (cut) | Germany:16 (re-rating) (uncut) (2008) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | UK:18 | UK:15 (re-rating) | USA:R (edited for re-rating) | USA:X (original rating)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Louise Lasser had just recovered from being sick and hence could hardly speak when she shot her scene talking to James Lorinz. Lasser redid all her dialogue in a post-production recording session.See more »
Miscellaneous: 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 »
[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. Just follow the hand. Come on. Gotta follow my hand. We're in sync, now. Now we're cooking. That's it. That's it. That's right.
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Makes you smile, 30 August 2002
Author: Bogey Man from Finland

Frank Henenlotter's Frankenhooker (1990) is a funny horror comedy starring James Lorinz as Jeffrey Franken, a young man who is extremely interested in medical studies and becoming a doctor. He makes his weird experiments in his house while his parents are little concerned as they think their son is little weird, understandably. Soon a horrible but incredibly comical accident happens to his girlfriend Elizabeth so Jeffrey takes all the body parts he can in order to re-build his girl. But he needs various body parts in order to complete his love and he develops a drug which makes its users explode. He goes to the streets searching for prostitutes and you know what he wants from them. He gets the parts, but will the new Elizabeth, Frankenhooker, be the same as she used to be?

This film is a must for lovers of B cinema and films which mix horror, gore and comedy. Franken's character is very mad as he talks alone all the time and inserts a power drill into his head everytime he is about to have some nervous problems under pressure. Usually when characters talk all the time without reasons in films it just shows how bad the script is, but in this case, the talking (especially for himself) is normal for this kind of crazy doctor and thus it doesn't feel irritating and bad choice.

Henenlotter's other films like Brain Damage (1988) and Basket Case (1982) are so fantastic as they mix humor and horror so uniquely. They are creepy and very funny (and clever especially in Brain Damage's case) at the very same film. Frankenhooker isn't an exception and the first lawnmower scene convinces the viewer what will the film be like. There are many severed limbs and body parts, but they don't seem repellent as the tone of the film is so tongue in cheek and not wicked. The scene in which some ten hookers EXPLODE is as funny as possible, but not gory at all, since the film had to get an R rating. It is even funnier now as crimson doesn't fly all the time, they just explode!

The mutants and attached body parts at the end are really creepy and almost nightmarish, and reminded me of Brian Yuzna's Bride of Re-Animator which has similar monsters. The effects work in Frankenhooker is fantastic all the way, and it all is now perfect, and wouldn't work anymore if done with computers or CGI. The pace is fast all the time and the viewer doesn't get bored. The Frankenhooker herself is also pretty outrageous and very deadly a hooker! The lady who plays her part is very talented with all her face expressions and movements. I like Basket Case and Brain Damage even more, but still Frankenhooker is a little classic by this talented and mad film maker genius. I give Frankenhooker at least 8/10 now after the first viewing.

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