1990 / Director. Frank Henenlotter.
Half way into FRANKENHOOKER my girlfriend turned to me and said "this is a really bad B-movie, isn't it?". Shock set in. What I wanted to say was "you're dead to me right now" but instead I replied "No way. This is prime B-movie". And it IS prime B-movie. FRANKENHOOKER and movies like it give genuine reason to love cinema. Director Frank Henenlotter was a king of seedy and subversive film-making in the 80s and his masterpiece BASKETCASE remains a staple part of any horror geek's collection. With FRANKENHOOKER he upped the ante. Taking the much loved, but over-worked Frankenstein story he has exploited the convention with an over the top, early 90s sensibility. It tells the story of Jeffrey, a scientific genius who's girlfriend is killed by a runaway lawnmower. Stricken by grief he salvages the parts of her that aren't mulch and sets upon reconstructing her body using dead prostitutes. With genetically modified crack-cocaine he lures a den of hookers and gets them high. What ensues is a room full of exploding whores! It's hilarious! The film is riddled with comedy, lunacy and above all else - TITS! The gore factor is lowered in favour of puerile dialogue and nonsensical acts of vulgarity. With intentionally terrible SFX Hennenlotter made a cult-classic that plays like Re-Animator meets Weird Science. For genre fans there is so much to love. The DVD and (and blu-ray) restoration is awesome and the movie has never looked better. As I said - FRANKENHOOKER is prime B-movie!