Frankenhooker (1990)

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Frank Henenlotter directs James Lorinz, Patty Mullen and Louise Lasser in this trashy yet self aware horror comedy about a garage mad scientist who tries to reanimate his dead fiancée using street walkers’ body parts. 

Tons of sleazy, inspired japes this – not quite as icky and as manic as Henenlotter’s Basket Case, this still sits comfortably within movies like that and ReAnimator’s entertainingly gory transgressive parameters. Strong campy performances from Lorinz as the self lobotomising boy next door and Mullen as the reassembled prostitute monster supply the laughs. There’s a level of commitment here that betrays its low budget and knowingly exploitative concept. Frankenhooker was a video rental cover that always caught my eye as a kid and it has exceeded years of my own fermenting imagined contents now I have finally found access to it.

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