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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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Makes you smile See more (61 total) »

Cast

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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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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:
The interior of the Franken family garage is intentionally four times as large as the exterior, as specified in the screenplay.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:
Jeffrey Franken:Medical schools upset me, mother - I'm anti-social - I'm becoming dangerously amoral.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Basket Case 3 (1991)See more »
Soundtrack:
Pandora's BoxSee more »

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12 out of 14 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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