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The Bride of Frank (1996)

Disturbed and Hideously ugly 'Warehouse Worker' Frank dates then murders women who are not nice to him, he then mutilates and disposes of their corpses, helped out by his friends.

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Steve Ballot (as Escalpo Don Bladé)

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Steve Ballot (as Escalpo Don Bladé), Allan Galperin (additional story material) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Morgan Tara Morgan Tara ... Little Girl
Frank Meyer Frank Meyer ... Frank
John Kolendriski John Kolendriski ... Johnny Horizon
Victor Delvalle Victor Delvalle ... Warehouse Guy One
Bruce Frankel Bruce Frankel ... Morgan Barney V.I.P.
Jim Moresca Jim Moresca ... The Visiting Dignitary
Rena Ballot Rena Ballot ... Miss Grimble
Arnell Dowret Arnell Dowret ... Dennis / Mother
Steve Ballot Steve Ballot ... Vichelli
Eric Kaplan Eric Kaplan ... Tony the Thumb
Eddie Regan Eddie Regan ... Louie the Loan
Sal Mogavero Sal Mogavero ... Sal the Mouth
Bernard Briley Bernard Briley ... Bernard the Tongue
Sergio Lopez Sergio Lopez ... El Pulpo
Charles Gambino Charles Gambino ... Young Vito
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Disturbed and Hideously ugly 'Warehouse Worker' Frank dates then murders women who are not nice to him, he then mutilates and disposes of their corpses, helped out by his friends.

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Too Disturbing to Watch ... Too Compelling to Turn Away

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USA

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English

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A crew member sheds some light
22 July 2012 | by brentbutterworthSee all my reviews

I worked on The Bride of Frank and if memory serves, I was present during the shooting of every scene. Whether or not you like this movie obviously depends on your taste in movies - some love it, some hate it. But please don't expect it to be anything it's not. The people who deride BoF for its production values just don't get it.

The original idea for the project was that Steve Ballot, the writer/director, wanted to shoot a movie that combined the sickest things he could think of, and use the various characters in and around the Newark warehouse where he worked as his actors. The plot, as it was, merely stitched these scenes together. Most of it was shot on weekends. Steve usually sketched out the dialog and storyboarded the scenes on Friday night, then we shot them on Saturday.

We used the best equipment we could get at the time, high-end consumer and low-end professional analog video and audio gear of the early 1990s. It's easy to make a great-looking amateur movie now, with HD and digital editing available to everyone for next-to-nothing, but back then it was almost impossible. Steve spent a lot of time trying to figure out ways to, for example, save one generation of tape in the editing process. That it looks as good as it does is a near-miracle.

Those who see this as some sort of sad exploitation of Frank are dead wrong. I can promise you that Frank had a fantastic time making BoF. He used to spend his weekends sitting alone in the warehouse watching TV (exactly as depicted in the movie). Shooting BoF got him out on the weekends, gave him a lot more social contact than he was used to, put a lot of great food in his stomach (Steve paid the actors mostly in good lunches), gave him the chance to touch women's breasts and asses, and gave him the chance to be revered and loved for exactly who he is.

Trash BoF all you want, but this cheap little movie was released in the U.S. and eight other countries. It played at festivals in NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, Italy, Switzerland, and England - and those are just the ones we know about. Frank came along for most of these, and after the movie screened people would go up to him and greet him like he was Clint Eastwood.

Sadly, many of the people involved in BoF have passed on, including the director. If I may speak for him, let me say to all his detractors ... well, nothing he would have to say to you would be printable. And it would all be correct.


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