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5/13/18 Episode 101: Frankenhooker (1990)



Listen to the Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch Frankenhooker (1990), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser tab.

Frankenhooker (1990) tries very hard to bring the grindhouse experience to your VCR. In fact, according to The Psychotronic Video Guide, the original videocassette box had a button, that, when pressed, says "Wanna date?", a line the Frankenhooker herself (Patty Mullen) says outside a Time Square movie theater. I never rented Frankenhooker because it comes across desperately to be a cult film, one that would fit snugly between Tapeheads (1988) and Troma's War (1988) on the Midnight Movie shelf at Naked Tongue Video. On this podcast, I ask: Was I too harsh dismissing Frankenhooker?

Jersey boy Dr. Franken (James Lorinz) "goes over the river" to bring a gaggle of New York City prostitutes back to his place.  The working girls frolic in their lingerie while Doc checks off with a Sharpie the parts of their bodies he like. He gives them homemade drugs which makes them explode into unsoiled body parts, which he sorts and puts in garbage cans. From there, he picks the right appendage to use to reanimate his decapitated finance. It's a sharp satire of sexism (I think), as women literally turn into consumable objects.

Also, according to Psychotronic, one of the actresses, Heather Hunter later appeared in a porn called "Frankenhunter"(1990), but that's for a different podcast.

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