Year: 1990

Director: Frank Henenlotter

Written by: Frank Henenlotter and Robert Martin

Threat: Mad Scientist

Weapon of Choice: Super Crack

IMDb page: IMDb link

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Rish Outfield's reviews
Ahh, the classic story: Boy has girl, boy accidentally kills girl with lawn mower, boy obsesses about girl with girl's severed head, boy brings girl back to life using parts from exploding prostitutes. The cover of this film boasted a Bill Murray quote: "If you only see one movie this year, it should be ‘Frankenhooker.'" Obviously, this affectionate review was given without actually seeing the movie. The creators of Basket Case tried to make a comedy this time...I think. Unfortunately, this film is both too slow and too sick to be considered a worthwhile comedy. Horror, then? Well, maybe. It was really dull and plodding, almost as if it were adapted from a half-hour TV show, and used the same script. Really poor special effects here--worse in many ways than Basket Case's 1980's effects, yet the lightening (bringing Frankenhooker to life) effects were great. I don't get it. Did I mention this was twisted and sick, but never funny? This had a couple of human moments, always featuring Jeffery and Elizabeth, but they were usually brief--making way for more stupidity. The girl who played the title role was actually very pretty, but only used for the last 20 minutes or so. The ending REALLY blew. I mean, it blew sheep.
Best Scare: Well, there were crawling body parts, but they weren't scary.
I'd Recommend It To: People who really like the title.

The tyranist's thoughts
Can you believe that someone wanted to give this to me for my birthday? As soon as I found out that this was made by the same genius behind Basket Case, it dropped a lot in my estimation. After seeing it, however, this movie is kind of fun. I mean exploding hookers, death by lawnmower (although not even close to as good as Dead Alive), a hooker made from other hookers parts, exploding Johns, and super crack. Cheaply made, it shows its limitations. It is still pretty fun to watch even if you have to wade through hours of Jeffery lamenting his late girlfriend. Also, watch for the same hotel that was used in Basket Case.

Total Skulls: 21

Sequel setup
Rips off earlier film
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie
Future celebrity appears
Former celebrity appears
Bad title
Bad premise
Bad acting
Bad dialogue
Bad execution
MTV Editing
OTS skullskull
Girl unnecessarily gets naked skullskull
Wanton sex skullskull
Death associated with sex skullskull
Unfulfilled promise of nudity
Characters forget about threat
Secluded location
Power is cut
Phone lines are cut
Someone investigates a strange noise
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door
Camera is the killer
Victims cower in front of a window/door
Victim locks self in with killer
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls
Toilet stall scene skull
Shower scene
Car stalls or won't start
Cat jumps out
Fake scare
Laughable scare
Stupid discovery of corpse
Dream sequence
No one believes only witness
Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth
Music detracts from scene
Death in first five minutes skull
What the hell? skullskull
x years ago . . .
Dark and stormy night skull
Killer doesn't stay dead skullskull
Killer wears a mask
Killer is in closet
Killer is in car with victim
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes
Unscary villain/monster
Beheading skullskull
Blood fountain skull
Blood hits camera
Poor death effect skullskull
Excessive gore
No one dies at all
Virgin survives
Geek/Nerd survives
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Unresolved subplots
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending
Unbelievably crappy ending skull