FRANKENHOOKER (1990) Reviews and overview

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‘A terrifying tale of sluts and bolts’

Frankenhooker is a 1990 American black comedy sci-fi horror film written and directed by Frank Henenlotter (Brain DamageBasket Case and sequels).


The movie stars James Lorinz as medical school drop-out Jeffrey Franken and former Patty Mullen (Doom Asylum) as the title character (who wears a fatsuit at the beginning of the film).


“When his gorgeous fiancée “goes to pieces” in a freak lawnmower accident, aspiring mad scientist Jeffrey Franken is determined to put her back together again.


With the aid of an explosive super drug, Franken sets about re-assembling his girlfriend, selecting the choicest bits from a bevy of raunchy New York ladies of the night. However, his bizarre plan soon goes awry. His reanimated girlfriend no longer craves his body… she craves everybody! And, for money, she’ll love anyone… to death!”


“Loaded with winks and nods to its own schlockiness, the comedy is killed with unfunny self-aware mentions of all the shoddy plotting and insultingly crappy special effects. All that elevates Frankenhooker by the thinnest of plucked pubes is a gloriously crackpot lead performance by James Lorinz as monster-maker Jeffrey Franklin. Penthouse centrefold Patty Mullen, though, is neither sexy nor funny (let alone scary) as Frankenhooker herself.” Mike “McBeardo” McFadden, Heavy Metal Movies

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Frankenhooker is definitely another one of those call up your friends and pick up some beer to enjoy films, just try to pay attention to the stuff behind the exploding bodies on the screen such as the plight of prostitutes being addicted to crack cocaine. Henenlotter’s tongue is pressed firmly in cheek but he does have some messages to convey…” HNN

“Frankenhooker is a tremendously enjoyable slice of schlocky goodness, but it’s also a one-joke premise. The problems, actually, all occur in the last third of the film, the post re-animation sequence. It’s mildly amusing for a while watching Elizabeth lurching around the place, but unfortunately, her antics do start to get a bit tiresome.” Werewolves on the Moon

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Frankenhooker comes on a 50 GB dual-layer Blu-ray. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. For this release Synapse Films have created a brand new 2K high definition transfer from original vault elements. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, black and contrast levels look consistently good and details look sharp throughout.” 10K Bullets Synapse Films Blu-ray Disc review

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