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Frankenhooker (Blu-ray) (1990)

James Lorinz , Patty Mullen , Frank Henenlotter  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • 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
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005K08J8U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,422 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From Frank Henenlotter, the creator of the BASKET CASE trilogy and BRAIN DAMAGE, comes FRANKENHOOKER, a gory horror-comedy twist on the Frankenstein legend.

When Jeffrey Franken's fiancée is chopped to pieces by the blades of a remote-controlled lawnmower, he uses his dubious medical knowledge to try to bring her back to life. He reassembles his beloved Elizabeth using the body parts of New York City's finest prostitutes, and resurrects her during a heavy lightning storm. Unfortunately for Jeffrey, his dear Elizabeth's brain is scrambled and she runs amok on 42nd Street, turning tricks and bringing high-voltage death to her customers!

Synapse Films is proud to present the uncut version of FRANKENHOOKER in an all-new 2K high-definition transfer created from original vault materials and digitally re-mastered 5.1 surround sound!

  • Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
  • DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround
  • Audio Commentary with Director Frank Henenlotter and Make-Up Effects Designer Gabe Bartalos
  • A Salad That Was Once Named Elizabeth - Patty Mullen Featurette
  • A Stitch in Time: The Make-Up Effects of FRANKENHOOKER ­ Featurette
  • Turning Tricks: Jennifer Delora Remembers FRANKENHOOKER- Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer


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

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is the 3rd most classic camp film to date!!!! June 24, 1999
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#1 rocky horror picture show #2 attack of the killer tomatoes Finally we come to one of the funniest horror(whore?) movies of all time. the acting is terrible!, but you must appreciate it for the low, low budget they had. from the begining, the main character is poking at a brain with a big eyeball in it, and his girlfriend just goes along with everyday life. it wonderful. all the action starts when she gets run over by the lawnmower that her boyfriend made for her father as a birthday present. the boyfriend decides to "collect" hookers with the right body parts to form a new girlfriend. he invents a "super-crack" to kill them,
----one of the greatest plot elements in any movie i have ever seen---EVER!!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FRANKENHOOKER!! November 25, 2006
Frankenhooker, it just sounds like a good time, doesn't it? I've been waiting for this dvd for a long time now. I saw this film way back when it first came out. Most folks who also saw it back then might remember the cool vhs box that said, "Wanna Date?" when you pressed it. That was a great little gimmick, wasn't it? That kind of thing was never done much, but I do remember the box for the movie The Dead Pit(which sucked by the way, or at least it couldn't live up to it's cool cover) which had the puffed out 3-D zombie on the cover who's eyes would flash green when you squeezed the box. If anyone can remember any more of those cool vhs boxes, let me know. Anyway, I was confident that Frankenhooker would hold up after all these years and it still does. Frankenhooker is the kind of film that Drive-in theaters were made for. As the title suggests, this isn't a movie taking itself seriously. It was directed by Frank Henenlotter, the B movie crusader who brought us Basket case and Brain Damage. If you've seen either of those films and thought they were dumb, you might as well stay away from Frankenhooker coz it's in the same vein. Frankenhooker herself doesn't show up til about an hour into the film, but that's all fine and dandy coz there's enough bare breasts, exploding hookers(and guinea pigs), musclebound pimps, huge crack rocks and head drilling to keep you entertained. Plus the zany, mumbling performance by James Lorinz as the mad doctor really carries the movie along. He's got some pretty damn funny lines, especially in the scene where he's inspecting the hookers. Frankenhooker herself is an amusing parody of Elsa Lanchester's Bride Of Frankenstein performance. Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray a spectacular treat October 17, 2011
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CULT FAVOURITE October 5, 2011
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Lousy!!!!!
I do Not Recommend at all!
Movie not worth the disc it's made on. This movie really, really SUCKED!
Published 4 months ago by Tyrone E Gross
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Crack
This movie is in my top favorites of all time.

It's about a mans fiance getting killed by a remote controlled lawnmower he build for his fiances father's birthday. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Derohn Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars great for your collection
It's a great movie that has gore, laughter, love, and plenty of action!! I've been trying to get it for quite a long time!
Published 13 months ago by William Rook
5.0 out of 5 stars My GF Loves It
That's right. Nudity, cursing and sexuality like crazy and my GF loves it. This movie is downright a fantastic comedy and should be watched by everyone who likes cult cinema. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wanna date?
Classic horror comedy. Patty Mullen nails it. Really funny flick. Frank Hennenlotter is one of my favorite directors. The film looks great on Blu Ray to boot.
Published 23 months ago by Brett Wainer
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but not expected
I saw the title for this and had to buy it. After watching it I can say it is not what I had expected. Read more
Published on October 28, 2012 by Egg
4.0 out of 5 stars She's alive and she's a total whore
I think it's fair to assume Mary Shelley had no idea her epic novel would spawn a parody that would be anything like FRANKENHOOKER. Read more
Published on August 11, 2012 by Mickey Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars A totally trashy treat
Over 20 years later, Frankenhooker remains a totally trashy treat. From the mind of Basket Case creator Frank Henenlotter, Frankenhooker revolves around an ex-medical student... Read more
Published on March 3, 2012 by N. Durham
5.0 out of 5 stars Frankenhooker
One of the best movies ever! It's so funny and cheesy with likeable characters and a fun storyline. Frankenhooker is one movie you should see at least once.
Published on November 28, 2011 by Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect midnight movie fare on perfect format
Without giving away too much of the plot,a geeky already unbalanced young scientist loses his loved one in a freak accident. Read more
Published on November 8, 2011 by firefire
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