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Directed by Frank Henenlotter
Produced by James Glickenhaus
Written by
Music by Joe Renzetti
Cinematography Robert M. Baldwin
Edited by Kevin Tent
Distributed by Shapiro-Glickenhaus Entertainment
Release dates
  • April 1990 (1990-04) (Houston International Film Festival)
Running time
85 minutes
Language English
Box office $205,068[1]

Frankenhooker is a 1990 American black comedy horror directed by Frank Henenlotter. Very loosely inspired by Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, the film stars James Lorinz as medical school drop-out Jeffrey Franken and former Penthouse Pet Patty Mullen as the title character (who wears a fatsuit in the beginning of the film).


After his attractive fiancée is cut into pieces in a freak accident involving a lawnmower, aspiring mad scientist Jeffrey Franken is determined to put her back together again. He sets about reassembling his girlfriend using parts from a variety of New York prostitutes. However, his bizarre plan goes awry when his reanimated girlfriend no longer wants just him, but for money will take on anybody, and afterwards try to kill them.


  • James Lorinz as Jeffrey Franken
  • Patty Mullen as Elizabeth Shelley
  • Joanne Ritchie as Mrs. Shelley
  • Paul-Felix Montez as Goldie
  • Joseph Gonzalez as Zorro the Pimp
  • J.J. Clark as Mr. Shelley
  • Greg Martin as Rufus McClure
  • Carissa Channing as Dolores
  • Shirl Bernheim as Elizabeth's Grandmother
  • Helmar Augustus Cooper as Detective Anderson
  • Heather Hunter as Chartreuse
  • Louise Lasser as Mrs. Franken
  • Charlotte Kemp (credited as Charlotte Helmkamp) as Honey
  • Lia Chang as Crystal
  • Kimberly Taylor as Amber
  • Shirley Stoler as Spike the Bartender


Frankenhooker's initial release was delayed because of difficulty obtaining an R rating from the MPAA; the director recalls that one representative of the ratings body actually said, in a phone call to the production company's secretary, "Congratulations, you're the first film rated S." And she said, "S? For sex?" And they said, "No, S for shit."[2] To his dismay, Henenlotter's conservative parents insisted on attending the film's premier in New York City; Henenlotter expressed surprise that they were not offended by the exploitative elements.[3]


Variety wrote, "Frankenhooker is a grisly, grotesque horror comedy recommended only for the stout of heart and strong of stomach."[4] Vincent Canby of The New York Times wrote that "there is a legitimate sense of the absurd lurking within Frank Henenlotter's Frankenhooker" but it is "overshadowed by special effects" and elements that recall soft-core pornography.[5] Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times called it a "hilarious, totally outrageous grin-and-gore comedy".[6]

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  1. ^ "Frankenhooker box office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  2. ^ Bett, Alan (2013-05-10). "Exploitation: An Interview with Frank Henenlotter". The Skinny. Retrieved 2014-09-18. 
  3. ^ Thompson, Tristan (2013-05-31). "The Monster Movie Memories of a Brain-Damaged Basket Case: In conversation with Frank Henenlotter". Fangoria. Retrieved 2014-09-18. 
  4. ^ "Review: 'Frankenhooker'". Variety. 1990. Retrieved 2014-09-18. 
  5. ^ Canby, Vincent (1990-06-15). "Frankenhooker (1990)". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-09-18. 
  6. ^ Thomas, Kevin (1990-06-01). "MOVIE REVIEW : 'Frankenhooker': A Fun Slice of American Gothic". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-09-18. 

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