Frankenhooker (1990)

Dolby, English

An American comedy science fiction/horror film directed by Frank Henenlotter.

Plot Summary

When his fiancée is killed in a freak lawn mower accident, heartbroken med school dropout Jeffrey Franken decides to piece her back together and restore her to life. But he wasn't able to restore her head so grafts on the head of a prostitute he murders in a sleazy hotel room…


Director: Frank Henenlotter
Shapiro Glickenhaus Entertainment, Ievins-Henenlotter
Executive Producer: James Glickenhaus
Producer: Edgar Ievins
Script: Robert Martin, Frank Henenlotter
Director of Photography: Robert M. Baldwin
Editor: Kevin Tent
Music: Joe Renzetti
Make Up Artist: Dan Frye
Special Make-up Effects: Gabe Bartalos
Pyrotechnics Supervisor: Matt Vogel
Special Visual Effects: Al Magliochetti
Locations: New Jersey, USA; New York City, New York, USA

James Lorinz (Jeffrey Franken)
Joanne Ritchie (Mrs Shelley)
Patty Mullen (Elizabeth Shelley)
J.J. Clark (Mr Shelley)
Carissa Channing (Dolores)
Shirl Bernheim (Elizabeth's grandmother)
Judy Grafe (newscaster)
Helmar Cooper (Detective Anderson)
Louise Lasser (Jeffrey's mother)
John Zacherle (weatherman)
Charlotte Helmkamp (Honey)
Kimberly Taylor (Amber)
Shirley Stoler (Spike the bartender)
Joseph Gonzalez (Zorro)
Ari Roussimoff (Zorro's customer)
Tom Hair (Motormouth)
Beverly Bonner (Casey)
Jennifer Delora (Angel)
Lia Chang (Crystal)
Stephanie Ryan [real name: Susan Napoli] (Anise)

See also
Basket Case (1982)
Basket Case 2 (1990)
Brain Damage (1988)
The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)


Cinefantastique vol.20 no.4 (March 1990) p.11 – illustrated article (Coming: Frankenhooker: Prostituting a classic by Alan Jones)
Cinefantastique vol.20 no.5 (May 1990) pp.36-37 – article (Henenlotter horrors! by Kyle Counts)
Cinefantastique vol.21 no.3 (December 1990) p.53 – review (by Judith P. Harris)
City Limits no.463 (16 August 1990) p.22 – illustrated review (Suture self by Farrah Anwar)
Empire no.182 (August 2004) p.162 – illustrated DVD review (by JB)
The Hollywood Reporter vol.313 no.43 (16 August 1990) pp.5, 16 – credits, review (by Jeff Menell)
Samhain no.33 (July/August 1992) pp.10-11 – illustrated interview with Frank Henenlotter (A pretty sick guy by Edward Murphy)
Screen International no.681 (3 December 1988) p.2 – note (News: Palace acquires nine new titles)
Shivers no.81 (September 2000) pp.24-27 – illustrated article (Frankenhooker: When sex can cost you an arm and a leg… by Jonathan Rigby
Sight & Sound vol.2 no.2 (June 1992) p.61 – video note (by William Green)
Starburst no.135 (November 1989) p.20 – interview with Edgar Ievins
Time Out no.1043 (15 August 1990) p.31 – illustrated review (Frankenhooker/Basket Case 2 by Nigel Floyd and Mark Kermode)
Variety 2 May 1990 p.286 – credits, review (by Ley)