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Doctor Hackenstein (1988)

Dr. Hackenstein is a genial but somewhat misguided scientist. He murders the locals for their body parts, but it's not for power or scientific research; he just needs them to put his wife back together.

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Cast overview:
David Muir David Muir ... Dr. Elliot Hackenstein
Michael Ensign ... Dean Slesinger
Cathy Cahn ... Yolanda (as Catherine Cahn)
Stacey Travis ... Melanie Victor
Dyanne DiRosario Dyanne DiRosario ... Wendy
Catherine Davis Cox Catherine Davis Cox ... Leslie
John Alexis John Alexis ... Alex
Logan Ramsey ... Xavier Rhodes
Anne Ramsey ... Ruby Rhodes
William Schreiner William Schreiner ... Detective Olin
Phyllis Diller ... Mrs. Trilling
Jeff Rector ... Officer Robbins
Sylvia Lee Baker Sylvia Lee Baker ... Sheila
Christy Botkin Christy Botkin ... Sheila's Voice (voice)
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Dr. Hackenstein is a genial but somewhat misguided scientist. He murders the locals for their body parts, but it's not for power or scientific research; he just needs them to put his wife back together.

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Official Sites:

Troma

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Hackenstein See more »

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A mess
28 January 2005 | by polysicsarebestSee all my reviews

Take your basic Frankenstein flick, inject some Reanimator (but not the good parts), and you have Doctor Hackenstein. Certainly, this was obviously inspired by aforementioned films but it never materializes as anything special on its own.

A scientist accidentally kills his wife, so the whole movie takes place over the course of one night as he attempts to revive his wife. To revive his wife, he decides to chop off body parts from some women that have become stranded and, coincidentally, decide to stay the night at his place.

I can't really say the acting is bad, nor is the directing. Everything here is just way too standard. What little attempts there are at humor actually work (check out the scene when Hackenstein keeps hiding behind his deaf assistant because she would undoubtedly be very upset if she saw him clutching a woman and a needle), but that's hardly enough to recommend this film. The music is decent, what blood that's there is decent, and the cast looks quite good. And for half of the time, I was even entertained by this film. But I never felt like this was anything more than a time waster. Avoidable.

Try Frankenhooker instead.


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