Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Wanna Date?

Frankenhooker 1990
Director: Frank Henenlotter
Writers: Frank Henenlotter and Robert Martin
Starring James Lorinz, Joanne Ritchie, Louise Lasser, Patty Mullen, Joseph Gonzalez and Heather Hunter

This is a film I have been hearing great things about for a long time and I was highly anticipating seeing this. I was also worried it would disappoint me like Suspiria did. Thankfully, that was not the case, I fucking loved this movie. It is a exercise in truly bad taste and I loved every second of it. The acting is necessarily over the top and the effects are fun and bloody/ Their is so much T & A that it will engulf you, which in my book is always a good thing. It is also a film that thrives on the excess mentality of the 80's. Hell, the music that permeates the film makes it feel like any number of crappy music videos of the era, and I so love that feel. If anyone is a fan of sleazy and grimy horror films, this is a must see film.
The plot basics are this, Jeffrey Franken (Lorinz) is a self thought doctor and is working on a brain with a eye when we meet him. Soon his fiance, Elizabeth (Mullen) comes and pulls him out to the birthday part for her father, and starts to test a remote control operated lawnmower that Jeffrey built, but she stands behind it and is turned into mulch. This drives him insane and he steals her head and is now going forward with plans to rebuild her, but where to find the body parts for her? After drilling a hole in his head, he comes up with a idea. Go to 42nd Avenue and grab some hookers. He stages a big party looking for the perfect parts. He also brings some super crack cocaine he created but it has the unfortunate side effect of blowing people up, but that works to his advantage and he gets the parts he needs. He takes the parts and builds Elizabeth the perfect body, but she has the mind set of the hookers and goes out looking for a score. This leads to a finale that has to be seen to be believed.
This is a film that revels in bad taste. It is not a film for the squeamish or the faint of heart. Henenlotter's direction as always is fun and mesmerizing, it is more out there than Basket Case 2. It has a grimy and sleazy feel through out, as if the film was filmed with a camera lens covered in semen. The script is funny and oh so wrong. I laughed too many times to count while watching it, especially during the exploding scenes. The cast is good, I loved Mullen and Lorinz especially they were so hammy and over the top, it really carried the film for me. The SFX are campy and bloody and work fantastically in the finished product. One final piece of the puzzle is the locations of the film and the music. 42nd street was the perfect locale for a film like this. The music is great too, has a very new wave feel to it. I highly recommend this film to fans of sleazy trash cinema.
This one gets 5 out of 5

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