A medical school dropout loses his fiancée in a tragic lawnmower incident, and decides to bring her back. Unfortunately, he was only able to save her head, so he goes to the red light district in the city and lures prostitutes into a hotel room so he can get parts for his girlfriend. –IMDb
Writer/director Frank Henenlotter was born in 1950 in Long Island, New York. Henenlotter gleefully misspent his youth watching a large array of blithely cheap’n’cheesy low-budget exploitation flicks in various seedy grindhouse theaters on 42nd Street. Henenlotter began making 8mm films as a teenager. His 16mm black-and-white short “Slash of the Knife” actually played at a 42nd Street midnight show with John Water’s “Pink Flamingos.” Henenlotter briefly worked as a commercial artist and graphic designer prior to embarking on a career as a filmmaker. Henenlotter’s pictures are distinguished by their offbeat plots, cheerfully lowbrow humor, excessive gore, and pervasively sordid atmosphere. Henenlotter made a smashing horror film debut with the marvelously gruesome and sleazy monster splatter gem “Basket Case” (1981), which delivered a surprisingly substantial amount of touching pathos along with the expected over-the-top explicit violence and hilariously scuzzy humor. This terrifically… read more
If you can excuse the awful ending, this is a great B-flick that combines horror with comedy. The actors' thick NJ/NY accents definitely added some flair to the film. I can see why this is a cult film. Frankenhooker is on par with Re-Animator. Lastly, Patty Mullen is a total babe in this. It's a shame she didn't star in many more movies; even if they were B-films.
This film had a somewhat slow and weak first part with a vibe that reminded me of Re-Animator, but only cheaper and far less engaging. Thankfully, things gets really more interesting in its last 30 minutes and the dark satire at play is spot on! I've got to say that I'm looking forward to rewatch Frankenhooker in a not so distant future...