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Frankenhooker (1990)

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Critic Reviews: 3
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Adventurous viewers not repelled by the title of this horror exploitation-comedy from Frank Henenlotter (director of the splatter cult classic Basket Case) will find a fair share of laughs on display, thanks to Henenlotter's typically energetic devil-may-care brand of gruesome humor. James Lorinz tears up acres of scenery as Jeffrey Franken, a neurotic electrician and aspiring mad scientist, who goes completely 'round the bend after his slightly pudgy girlfriend (former Penthouse pet, Patty

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Horror, Comedy, Cult Movies

Nov 10, 1998

Shapiro Glickenhaus

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Lorinz has some inspired moments of self-absorbed craziness as Jeffrey, and Mullen reveals a fine talent for physical comedy when Elizabeth returns as the lumbering, mind-blown Frankenhooker.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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The resulting fragmented mess will no doubt keep some in stitches, but it is definitely less than the sum of its body parts.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's the sort of film that would probably be most fun to see around midnight.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Just like a car wreck.

April 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Gloriously funny.

July 14, 2008
ColeSmithey.com

Surprisingly smart, hip, and funny!

March 17, 2005
Aisle Seat

Sort of lame Re-Animator wanna-be.

November 25, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Intentionally campy, totally stupid, and pretty darn fun, too.

November 5, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

It thinks it's funnier than it is, but it's still pretty funny

October 2, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Frankenhooker

Intentions and executions are two entirely different concepts. The borderline excruciating ‚~Frankenhooker‚(TM)s intention is to be a rip-snorting black comedy but the execution is so crudely sophomoric that the film never rises to that modest goal. Henenlotter treads that fine line of inspired comedy and moronic, soft-core pornography and he often finds himself on the latter end. He doesn‚(TM)t satirize the Universal monster classic like Mel Brooks did with ‚~Young Frankenstein‚(TM), he trots out such oddities as a disembodied brain with an eyeball in a fish tank and misconstrues the sheer idiosyncrasy as funny subject matter. Stuart Gordon may have supercharged this with macabre humor but Henenlotter‚(TM)s touch is Troma-lite (ex. The exploding mannequins from the "supercrack" are especially chintzy pyrotechnics). After confesses that he may be ‚becoming dangerously amoral‚?, his mother gently asks if he would like an egg salad sandwich. Schlock has rarely been so muted and groaningly pun-filled (‚I‚(TM)ll make a new woman of her‚?), although the H.O.O.K.E.R. organization is a riot.
October 2, 2012
Cory Taylor

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If you're familiar with Frank Henenlotter's work, then you know it's off the wall, insane and in every case, memorable. Frankenhooker is yet another crazy film from Henenlotter who's built a career out of creating the most eccentric and hilarious films in the genre. Based loosely on Frankenstein, this film surrounds a guy who loses his girlfriend in a freak lawnmower accident. Grief stricken, her boyfriend seeks to rebuilt by using different body parts from New York's finest ladies of the night. The film is hilarious, and as a fan of the genre, I honestly can say that this is one of the finest horror comedies that I have seen. This a terrific film despite how silly it is. Like every other of Henenlotter's works, Franken hooker is a fun, eccentric piece of comedic horror. The genius of this film relies on its unusual plot, which if you enjoy good gory fun, and absurd comedy with a good dose of horror, you're sure to enjoy. Franken hooker is a hilarious treat for horror fans, and you'll most likely appreciate this tale of reanimated dead cadavers. However, this is not your typical film. The humour is eccentric and the film has one scene that stands out among all the rest, the exploding hookers scene, which is so over the top, it's bound to make you laugh. If you love eccentric, over the top horror, then I highly recommend this film. Or if you enjoy a silly horror comedy, then this is still a great cult classic from the 80's worth watching even for the novice horror fan. Expect to have a great time watching this unique tale of reanimation. Frank Henenlotter does it again.
March 10, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Heard about it, had to see it and just as I expected it was loony, full of bad acting and dodgy special effects, but as said it was expected. As a B-movie its totally acceptable and it does have that kind of cult following which I can understand, its just a silly riot of nudity and daft gags that could of become an underground hit much like 'Porky's' did but hasn't quite got there. Doesn't make any sense of course and ends rather abruptly but the cover art is quite cool :) probably made even more famous due to Bill Murray's quote "if you see one movie this year, it should be [i]Frankenhooker[/i]."
October 16, 2011
phubbs1

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    1. Sugar: Jeffrey stapled your stomach.
    2. Elizabeth: Yeah, but it didn't help much, I'm still a compulsive eater.
    – Submitted by Andy B (18 months ago)
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