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Frankenhooker (Blu-ray)

4.7 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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Product Description

A New Jersey mad doctor rebuilds his girlfriend with body parts from exploded hookers.

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'This Frankenhooker Blu-ray is fantastic and worth everypenny'. -Twitchfilm.com --Twitchfilm.com

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Product Details

  • Actors: James Lorinz, Patty Mullen, Louise Lasser, Jennifer Delora
  • Directors: Frank Henenlotter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005K08J8U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,437 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: Blu-ray
I experienced the joy of getting this HD release a bit early. Don May and Synapse Films have delivered the goods yet again.

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.
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A Minor Classic for Cult fans.

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.
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Format: Blu-ray
Gordon Sullivan, DVD Verdict --I love Henenlotter's first film, Basket Case, but for me his masterpiece will always be Frankenhooker. Although Basket Case just oozes exploitation cred, with its gritty shots of the city and wonderfully dated gore effects, Frankenhooker is the perfect blend of mad comedy and exploitation grit. The film didn't do that well at the box office, but it gained a huge cult following, largely because people saw its VHS box, which responded to a button by playing a line from the film. It's in that context that the film really works. It's a goofy film that really wants you to love it. Because of that, it throws everything but the kitchen sink in. There's broad slapstick comedy mixed with copious amounts of nudity and random goofy gore. The film also loves to mix it up between strange interior sets and shots of the Big Apple where the prostitutes live. The mix of gritty realism and comically fantastic makes a beautiful blend.

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.
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