Frankenhooker (1990)



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In this horror comedy, the gruesome death of his girlfriend Elizabeth (Patty Mullen) in a lawn mower accident inspires hobby scientist Jeff Franken (James Lorinz) to re-assemble her using Elizabeth's head and a variety of body parts he has "harvested" from a group of attractive New York City prostitutes. A convenient thunderstorm gets the experiment underway as "Frankenhooker" is set to roam the streets of New York.

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Critic Reviews for Frankenhooker

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
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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.

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
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It's the sort of film that would probably be most fun to see around midnight.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Just like a car wreck.

Apr 22, 2012 | Full Review…

Gloriously funny.

Jul 14, 2008 | Rating: 4/5

Surprisingly smart, hip, and funny!

Mar 17, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Frankenhooker

Intentions and executions are two entirely different concepts. The borderline excruciating â~Frankenhookerâ(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 doesnâ(TM)t satirize the Universal monster classic like Mel Brooks did with â~Young Frankensteinâ(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 Henenlotterâ(TM)s touch is Troma-lite (ex. The exploding mannequins from the "supercrack" are especially chintzy pyrotechnics). After confesses that he may be âbecoming dangerously amoralâ?, his mother gently asks if he would like an egg salad sandwich. Schlock has rarely been so muted and groaningly pun-filled (âIâ(TM)ll make a new woman of herâ?), although the H.O.O.K.E.R. organization is a riot.

Cory Taylor
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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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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]."

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

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Absolutely amazing... for a piece of trash. Really, this is over the top in the way of Braindead while being insanely funny with some great 80's horror dialogue. James Morinz's astonishing performance is a thing of beauty, as is a room full of exploding hookers doped out on super crack. This guy goes through some real crazyness to get his dead girlfriend back, and every moment of it is pure trash magic. Highly recommended! Brilliant!

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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