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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.
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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?

Beverly Bonner plays "Casey", a character that appears in Basket Case (1982), Brain Damage (1988), and Basket Case 2 (1990), all also directed by Frank Henenlotter.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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Only a Sick Twisted Monster Couldn't Adore this Ghastly Giggle Fest, 30 May 2013
Author: Edward Rosenthal from Marlton, NJ

I use this deliciously grotesque film as a sort of Rorschach test on friends to gauge their level of worthiness. Only those who relish Frankenhooker's deeply depraved lunacy, its sublimely sociopathic silliness are permitted entry into my exclusive inner circle. It's a cold, scary world out there and you gotta know who your real friends are - who's got your back, who you can count on when the sh*t goes down, who is just as delightfully demented as you are - and this maniacally warped chuckle machine is a fine instrument by which to measure someone's capacity for enlightened idiocy. That's a quality that is sorely lacking today, the ability and willingness of people to find amusement and even joy in the incorrectness of our natural selves; people foolishly refrain from laughing at the seemingly darker, foreboding, threatening aspects of reality. But not me.

Sure, horror films are embraced by society for their ability to shock us out of our routine emotions, to startle us momentarily into an alternate experience of our otherwise mundane lives. But horror films are rarely if ever appreciated for their unique power to reveal the utter absurdity of so many of our culturally propagated habits. We all caress and coddle and fetishize our own personal fears, guarding and nurturing them like tender, vulnerable infants, vigilant to keep them concealed, away from the critical and denigrating gaze of others. Most people do not like to belittle or mock or taunt their deepest fears, but this film so blithely, so candidly, so radiantly rejoices in burlesquing terrors that we ordinarily conceal, deny, and rebuke.

It's a luxury and a privilege to be allowed to wallow in the sordid, sour swamp of Frankenhooker's campy indifference to our petty, tedious concerns. This magically mental movie is a festive rejection of all of our ancient, tired, worn out notions of civility and decency and normalcy. Only a stark raving bore could not madly love Frankenhooker.

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