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FRANKENHOOKER (BLU-RAY)
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Reviewed by: Eric Walkuski

Directed by: Frank Henenlotter

Starring:
James Lorinz
Patty Mullen
Louise Lasser
Jennifer Delora

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What's it about

The deranged plight of young Jeffrey Franken, a med school drop-out with a knack for creating strange, useless creatures but not much else. Jeffrey, miraculously, has a girlfriend named Elizabeth, but unfortunately for him, she finds herself at the mercy of a runaway lawnmower in the film's opening minutes. Crushed and driven to bring her back, Jeffrey devises a way to bring his love back. It will just take the limbs of various street-walkers to do it.

Is it good movie?

FRANKENHOOKER is the brain-child (or monster, if you prefer) of director Frank Henenlotter, who previously brought us the deliriously freaky BASKET CASE films. As with those films, FRANKENHOOKER is a movie so wrong that it begs you to either love or hate it.

Henenlotter gleefully tosses aside all notions of political correctness, subtlety and decency to tell this thoroughly silly and sleazy tale of a modern Frankenstein who uses a powerful drug called "super crack" to detonate hookers in order to use their body parts for his dead girlfriend's rebirth. And if that little summation doesn't send you running for the hills, you know this movie is for you.

Though it's more comedy that horror flick, Henenlotter's crass visuals and demented sense of humor will likely offend all but the most warped movie fan. Absurd images of exploding women, multiple , floating monstrosities, mutated prostitutes - and worse - are plentiful. It's great fun if you lean toward the absurd; grotesque nightmare if you're not into it even a little.

One stand-out element is the lead performance by James Lorinz . The actor, while not exactly Laurence Olivier, gives his all in what is often a one-man show (he's usually acting opposite some prosthetic horror, or just rambling to himself insanely). A less energetic, go-for-broke performance would endanger the movie's manic surreality, but Lorinz is up to the challenge of leading the crazy parade.

Video / Audio
VIDEO: High-Def 1060p Widescreen Presentation: the picture looks as good as the limits of the movie's budget could allow

AUDIO: DTS-HD English 5.1 Surround: No problems with the audio.

The Extras

Audio commentary with Frank Henenlotter and Make-up designer Gabe Bartolos: Funny and informative look at cheap horror filmmaking, with plenty of amusing anecdotes.

A Salad That Thas Once Named Elizabeth: an amusing featurette with actress Patty Mullen. (That weird title is taken from an actual line in the movie!)

A Stitch in Time: The Make-Up Effects of FRANKENHOOKER: A somewhat odd featurette with Gabe Bartolos; contains footage from the making-of the film.

Turning Tricks: Jennifer Delora remembers FRANKENHOOKER: Just as the title states, actress Jennifer Delora fondly talks about her time on FRANKENHOOKER as the hooker Angel.

Theatrical trailer

Last Call
With plenty of interesting supplements, and a wild ride of a movie, the FRANKENHOOKER Blu-ray is a sick treat for fans of perverse B-movie classics; a literal blast for fans of profoundly icky cinema.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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