Frankenhooker. Seriously


#21

Does anyone else smell a REMAKE in the air?!


#22

I liked it better when it was called Weird Science.


#23

I recall being already slightly ill when we went to the theater to see this. It was hard enough to watch, but having everything swirl around with vertigo wasn’t helping.


#24

No, technically it is Franken’s hooker.

Confession time! As OTT and tasteless as this movie is, it is pretty solid and entertaining. I have probably seen Frankenhooker in the cinema more than any other single movie. Probably 10-12 times. If I had friends who liked crazy movies but hadn’t seen it, I had to bring them. Ah, the days of having had time! And money! And friends!


#25

Frankenhooker’s Monstress.

This is a stupid, monster movie, so I can make words up.


#26

My ex-wife and I watched this about twenty years ago on VHS. For months afterward, at random intervals we’d make the Frankenhooker lip-twitch expression at one another.


#27

Huh, even Conservapedia doesn’t have any mention of that one and they’ll latch on to ANY libelous claim about a progressive politician.

http://www.conservapedia.com/Al_Franken


#28

Where did it have such a long run? Were you catching it multiple times in a day?


#29

Hennenlotter was definitely one of the pioneers of “body horror”.


#30

The Coolidge Corner Theatre IIRC had the movie for several short runs that year.
http://www.coolidge.org/

Not that I recall! I hardly ever do that.


#31

Never even heard of it until just now. And i’ve seen a lot of B movies


#32

This movie has parts that are genuinely intentionally hilarious through sheer over-the-top flimmaking.

The rest of what’s around it not so much of course.


#33

One of my favorite things about this is that, according to legend anyway, the writer/director came across Bill Murray in a Hollywood bar. He told Murray about the film and asked him for a quote. Without missing a beat (as I like to envision it) Bill Murray responded: “If you see one movie this summer, see Frankenhooker.”


#34

I have to disagree. The best line is:
“Poor Zorro. His bitches blew up!”

I’ve been reading Boingboing for years, but created an account just to post that.


#35

I also found very funny how the Frankenhooker was alternating “Hey baby want a date?” with “Jersey boy loves to party.”

Truly a rich universe of worldbuilding here.


#36

Well then, here ya’ go then.


#37

My take is that Henenlotter is working in very low-art, trashy mode - but with a lot of self awareness, and a satirical streak which often goes unrecognized. I doubt if Frankenhooker is any more unintentionally hilarious than Pink Flamingos or other 70s era John Waters. It’s just a case of playing with the sometimes absurd conventions of both culture and schlocky cinema alike for their own amusement. I have talked about Frankenhooker with star James Lorinz, and it was apparent that all involved were enjoying the creative and technical limitations. If its tongue was any more in-cheek, it would be poking out its ass.


#38

Seems to be available on Youtube, we shall see i suppose. Will save this for when its closer to Halloween, that and Killer Klowns From Outer Space


#39

Best B movie ever!


#40

Frankenhooker’s existence is no problem since it never seems to take itself seriously. A few searches on Patty Mullen, Penthouse Pet are probably in order, too. For mysterious reasons, I never noticed that her eyes were green.