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

C.K. Steefel ... Dolores (as Carissa Channing)
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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Additional Details

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Rated R for gore, drugs and sensuality, and for language (edited for re-rating)
85 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: When handled, the body parts are obviously flimsy plastic objects, rather than large pieces of meat and bone.See more »
Jeffrey Franken:What are you, some kind of a Swede? You're talking to me in Swedish in Times Square!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
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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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