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Frankenhooker (1990)

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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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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The film was made back to back with Basket Case 2, and both movies were shot at New York City's Pier 40. "At the time it was a depot for diesel trucks," Henenlotter says, and he was told by everyone that it wouldn't work because it was too noisy to record sound. The concrete cinder blocks actually kept things fairly quiet. 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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Frankenhooker (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Pandora's Box
Written by Roger Greenawalt and Clifford Lane
Performed by Roger Greenawalt and Clifford Lane
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Forgotten cult classics #4
12 July 2001 | by DJ InfernoSee all my reviews

Probably, "Frankenhooker" is one of the best trash comedies Tromas has never released..! It´s a brilliant parody on Stuart Gordon´s "Re-Animator", Bill Murray is a huge fan of it and the fans of flicks like "The Toxic Avenger" will surely love this film: the humor is silly but entertaining, the F/X are pretty cheap and there are a lot of naked chicks running over the screen. The finest surprise arises when you don´t expect it: watch out for the 3 second cameo appearance of Rutger Hauer!!!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Swedish

Release Date:

1 June 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frankenhooker See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$205,068

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$205,068
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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