Bad Biology

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Bad Biology
Directed by Frank Henenlotter
Produced by R.A. "The Rugged Man" Thorburn
Written by
  • Frank Henenlotter
  • R.A. "The Rugged Man" Thorburn
  • Charlee Danielson
  • Anthony Sneed
Music by
Cinematography Nick Deeg
Edited by
Bad Biology
Distributed by
Release date
  • April 4, 2008 (2008-04-04) (Philadelphia International Film Festival)
  • January 26, 2010 (2010-01-26) (United States)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Bad Biology is a dark horror comedy film directed and produced by Frank Henenlotter and rapper R.A. the Rugged Man. It stars Charlee Danielson and Anthony Sneed as sexually unfulfilled people who are drawn together because of their mutated genitalia. It was released on DVD in the UK in 2009, and in the US in 2010. Reviews were positive.


Jennifer has an over-evolved, hyperactive reproduction system, unsatisfied by all but the most intense intercourse, often resulting in the death of her partners and the birth of mutant babies. Batz has an overgrown, sentient penis, which he tries to tame using strong medication, obscure mechanical contraptions, and copious amounts of porn. When Jennifer meets Batz she becomes obsessed with him, convinced that he is the only man who can satisfy her. When they finally meet, they bond over their social and personal difficulties and lack of sexual fulfillment. However, they must somehow tame Batz' increasingly erratic penis before it can go on a murder spree.


The film has cameos by J-Zone, Wu-Tang Clan affiliate Remedy, Penthouse Pet Krista Ayne, Reef the Lost Cauze, Staff Sergeant John A. Thorburn, film director James Glickenhaus, and Playboy model Jelena Jensen.


Henenlotter and Thorburn wrote the script together. Henenlotter acted as director and Thorburn the producer. The two met when Thorburn recruited Henenlotter to direct a rap video.[1] As opposed to his earlier project that were either canceled or compromised, Bad Biology allowed Henenlotter and Thorburn complete creative freedom due to Thorburn's investment of funds. Danielson was dating Thorburn at the time and requested to be cast. In order to make sure she was committed, Henenlotter tried to scare her off, but he was glad when she stayed with the project, as he said that she was "absolutely perfect" for the part. Sneed, who was cast as the male lead, found out about the project from a post on Craigslist. Sneed was initially rejected because of his physique, which Henenlotter did not think was close enough to that of a junkie. Sneed promised to lose enough weight to look the part. When he followed through and lost 30 pounds in 30 days, Henenlotter was impressed enough to cast him.[2]


Bad Biology premiered at the 2008 Philadelphia Film Festival, where Henenlotter received the Phantasmagoria award.[3] It was theatrically released in 25 cities.[4] Revolver Entertainment released the UK DVD on March 2, 2009,[5] and Media Blasters released it on DVD in the US on January 26, 2010.[6] On February 13, 2010, Henenlotter appeared in New Jersey to promote the DVD release.[7]


Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 100% of five surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating is 7.2/10.[8] Rob Nelson of Variety called it a "so-bad-it's-rad" film that will please Henenlotter's cult following.[9] Bloody Disgusting rated it 4.5/5 stars and wrote, "Bad Biology is simply the most entertaining gore film I've seen in a very long time."[10] Andy Mauro of Dread Central rated it 3.5/5 stars and wrote, "Small complaints aside, fans of Frank Henenlotter should definitely seek Bad Biology out."[11] Justin Decloux of Twitch Film wrote, "Keep your expectations in check, because while Bad Biology is a fun gross out chuckle fest, it's by no means the mondo madness that word of mouth has made it out to be."[12] Matthew Sorrento of Film Threat rated it 3.5/5 stars and wrote, "Bad Biology is more out-of-control than anything the director has done."[3] Ian Jane of DVD Talk rated it 3.5/5 stars and wrote, "It's not the best starting place for those new to his filmography and he's definitely made better pictures, but the rampant spirit of lunacy and comedic perversion that earned him his following has not dulled."[13] Daryl Loomis of DVD Verdict wrote, "This film has just about everything you'll want to see in B-grade splatter."[14]


  1. ^ Sorrento, Matthew (2008-06-04). "The "Basket Case" Returns(?): Interview with Frank Henenlotter (Part 2)". Film Threat. Archived from the original on 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  2. ^ Galluzzo, Rob (2010-02-08). "Exclusive Interview: Frank Henenlotter!". Shock Till You Drop. Retrieved 2015-02-11. 
  3. ^ a b Sorrento, Matthew (2008-04-11). "Bad Biology". Film Threat. Archived from the original on 2011-12-15. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  4. ^ Siebalt, Joshua (2008-10-14). "Henenlotter's Bad Biology Goes Theatrical". Dread Central. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  5. ^ Brown, Todd (2009-02-25). "Frank Hennenlotter's BAD BIOLOGY Hits DVD March 2nd!". Twitch Film. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  6. ^ Barton, Steve (2010-01-05). "Bad Biology Hits DVD!". Dread Central. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  7. ^ Serafini, Matt (2010-02-13). "NY/NJ Residents—Check out this Bad Biology Event!". Dread Central. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  8. ^ "Bad Biology (2008)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  9. ^ Nelson, Rob (2008-06-11). "Review: 'Bad Biology'". Variety. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  10. ^ "Bad Biology (V)". Bloody Disgusting. 2008-03-03. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  11. ^ Mauro, Andy (2008-07-12). "Bad Biology (2008)". Dread Central. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  12. ^ Decloux, Justin (2008-07-16). "FANTASIA: BAD BIOLOGY Review". Twitch Film. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  13. ^ Jane, Ian (2010-01-28). "Bad Biology". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  14. ^ Loomis, Daryl (2010-03-05). "Bad Biology". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 

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