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Frankenhooker (1990)

R | | Comedy, Horror | 1 June 1990 (USA)
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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.

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Frank Henenlotter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Lorinz ... Jeffrey
Joanne Ritchie Joanne Ritchie ... Mrs. Shelley
Patty Mullen ... Elizabeth
J.J. Clark J.J. Clark ... Mr. Shelley
C.K. Steefel ... Dolores (as Carissa Channing)
Shirl Bernheim 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 Charlotte J. Helmkamp ... Honey (as Charlotte Helmkamp)
Kimberly Taylor Kimberly Taylor ... Amber
Shirley Stoler ... Spike the Bartender
Joseph Gonzalez ... Zorro
Ari M. Roussimoff Ari M. Roussimoff ... Zorro's Customer (as Ari Roussimoff)
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Storyline

A medical school dropout loses his fiancée in a tragic lawnmower incident, and decides to bring her back. Unfortunately, he was only able to save her head, so he goes to the red light district in the city and lures prostitutes into a hotel room so he can get parts for his girlfriend. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for gore, drugs and sensuality, and for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Swedish

Release Date:

1 June 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

FRanken Puta See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$205,068
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Runtime:

| (R-rated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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...
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No animals or people were killed or injured in the making of this movie. See more »

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Featured in Hagan Reviews: Bad Biology (2012) See more »

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Love Handgrenade
Written by Roger Greenawalt and Clifford Lane
Performed by Roger Greenawalt and Clifford Lane
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A trash classic! Great fun!
5 September 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Normally I run away screaming at anything labeled "horror comedy" but 'Frankenhooker' joins 'Motel Hell' as one of the few exceptions. This is an amusing take on Frankenstein with James Lorinz reveling in the role of a mad scientist obsessed with bringing back his girlfriend who died in a freak lawn mowing accident(!). Using the body parts of some local working girls and some "super crack" he ends up with a lot more than he bargained for! Frankenhooker! Played by the lovely Patty Mullen who is sexy and displays plenty of comic timing. Writer/director Frank Henenlotter had previously made the trash classics 'Basket Case' and 'Brain Damage', both of which are brilliant, and 'Frankenhooker' is just as good. Three movies as original and entertaining as those are three more than most film makers ever come up with, so it is a crying shame that Henenlotter has been strangely quiet for the last decade. Hopefully he will resurface one day with something new. In the meantime, watch 'Frankenhooker' for some serious fun. It's an absolute hoot!


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