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The picture quality is of the highest class with a very filmic look. It's Blu-rays like this that make me wish I had the space (and the money) for a proper home theater room with projector. There's a very fine layer of grain present that looks natural but unobtrusive, the remainder of the image very detailed and representative of its film roots. There are some emulsion scratches here and there, but nothing that will take away one's enjoyment. A little more scratch cleanup would have been appreciated in this case, but it's not a problem.
Most of the extras from the Unearthed Films DVD have been carried over, save for a short five-minute photo gallery and some trailers for other films. The exciting trailer for "Frankenhooker" is thankfully in HD; I wish more companies would follow Synapse's example and offer HD trailers of the films, particularly when it comes to these cult classics.
The film itself, if you haven't seen it, is a riot--very quirky humor with a bit of a twisted side. I can't imagine anybody not laughing at the exploding hookers scene, or the female body part monsters toward the end (including what special effects artist Gabe Bartalos named "the Titty Twister"--you'd have to see it to get it). The special effects in these scenes are well-made and with high comical effect. No gore here, just hokey fun. It's difficult to really call this a horror film; whereas Henenlotter's other films--the "Basket Case" series, "Brain Damage", and "Bad Biology"--all exhibit rather horrific subject matter and scenes fused with the humor, "Frankenhooker" is straight-up comedy.Read more ›
Synopsis: After the tragic death of fiancée Elizabeth who died due to a freak lawnmower accident her fiancée Jeffery Franken dreams up a too bring her back to life. He decides to give her new body by taking the best body parts from various prostitutes. After he reassembles Elizabeth he gets more then he bargained for when she takes on the persona of the prostitutes who body parts now make up her body and she goes on a rampage through the streets of New York looking for John's who are looking for a date.
Frankenhooker is like a cross between Mary Shelly's Frankenstein and the film Weird Science. Who hasn't dreamed of or wouldn't want to put together a perfect woman. Unlike these other films that explore a similar idea the plot for Frankenhooker sees Jeffrey Franken who wants to bring his dead girlfriend because he misses her and not to advance science. It is also amusing how he wants to give her the perfect body when while she was alive she battled a weight problem.
One of the films strongest assets is its special effects which while at times not perfect they still get the job done. The most memorable scene is when a group of prostitutes start smoking the super crack Jeffery Franken made and then they all start to explode. The most colorful and charismatic character in the film is a pimp named Zorro who brands his ladies with a Z that he burns into their arms. Patty Mullen (Doom Asylum) is also really good especially once she takes on the persona of Frankenhooker. She also gets some of the more memorable lines in the film. James Lorinz (The Sweet Life) is wonderful as the prototype mad scientist Jeffrey Franken and his enthusiasm for his work is infectious.Read more ›
Henenlotter isn't the only reason the film is a success. The film's two main actors are also perfectly cast. James Lorinz didn't have a lot of experience before taking the lead in Frankenhooker, but he handles the role with charisma to spare. He makes his mad scientist simultaneously manic, sympathetic, and funny. His acting here makes me serious wonder why he didn't immediately become at least a huge cult star in the 1990s. His opposite number--Penthouse Pet Patty Mullen--does an excellent job as Elizabeth as well. She's perfectly comfortable playing both the innocent wife-to-be and the dolled-up Frankenhooker. The guy who plays the pimp, Zorro, is also totally hilarious as both a really threatening guy but also someone who's pretty farcical as well.Read more ›
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I have somehow gone 35 years of my life without seeing this movie, deprioritizing it, assuming it's no big deal, sticking to the classics and new releases…boy was that a mistake!!! Read morePublished 3 days ago by John's Horror Corner
My mind is absolutely blown I grew up in the 80s and somehow never saw this movie. If you like the over-the-top campiness of Tales from the Crypt or other 80s comedy horror you... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chuck Bittner
Fun movie! I remember sneaking and watching this when I was a kid. Brings back memories!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This movie is fun for what it is - but Patty Mullen is GREAT in this movie - she cracks me up - the way she walks and talks, and that weird thing with her mouth - she had fun doing... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mark
Doesn't differ from DVD version. Still a fun movie.Pure camp.Published 6 months ago by dolores plumlee
It's a classic, and this Blu-ray version looks phenomenal, but just on its own merits it probably would earn three stars. It's a little unevenly paced and slow-starting. Read morePublished 8 months ago by The Phantom
This movie makes me laugh until I spit. I'm left saying "look girls it's JONES, a whole s**t load-a Jones!", for days after I watch it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by PROTEST_AGAINST_AMAZON_VIDEO_LIES
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