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Frankenhooker (Blu-ray)

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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
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  • 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 (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005K08J8U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,704 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Christopher D. Jacobson on October 17, 2011
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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Format: Blu-ray
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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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 (James Lorinz) who seeks to bring his fiance (Penthouse pet Patty Mullen) back from the dead after her untimely death via remote control lawnmower. What follows are some disgusting and hilarious moments, which still remain wonderfully enjoyable even all these years later. Synapse has done another fine job with this Blu-Ray release, featuring some great special features and a wonderfully restored picture. While Frankenhooker isn't for everyone, you won't find many films like it, which makes it all the more worthwhile for you to see if you've never experienced what Frankenhooker has to offer.
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Format: Blu-ray
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!!! After just 7 minutes (yes, I paused and checked) of this B-movie madness I already know two things: 1) this movie is garbage, and 2) this is exactly the kind of garbage I LOVE!

We meet Jeffrey Franken (James Lorinz; Street Trash, RoboCop 3), a man who has somehow been kicked out of three medical schools, and his reanimated Cyclops brain creature experiment that he is working on in the kitchen…and everyone simply thinks he's just a little weird for working on a REANIMATED BRAIN with one eye on the kitchen table!!!! But his whole life is about to change when his fiancée Elizabeth (Patty Mullen; Penthouse Pet, Zombinatrix) is killed in a freak accident with a supercharged lawnmower he invented. The news coverage of the massacre is hilarious! Oh, yeah, this flick is something special for sure!

Jeffrey Franken is no Victor Frankenstein (2015). He over-explains his downward spiral into mad scientist mania to his mother as if reading a list of symptoms from a psychiatric manual. While comically narrating his own insanity he draws elaborate blueprints of electrodes over a body's framework (and it has boobs LOL), power drills his skull to alleviate headaches, and has dates with his fiancée's disembodied head. Needless to say the acting and writing are terrible (but maybe "good" for the bad horror genre), but this movie remains a delight.
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