In the genre of horror there are a few directors that have projects that are totally suited for them. Zombies are George Romero's territory, suspense was Hitchcock's, and over the top gore was Fulci's calling card. But when it comes to Frank Henenlotter you are talking about as off the wall of a horror movie as you could imagine. So it's kind of strange watching the world of filmmaking in it's current state with films such as Frankenhooker getting the high definition treatment. Thanks to the folks at Synapse though we now have another film from director Frank Henenlotter in that very manner (as we've also seen recently with the Image release of Henenlotter's Basket Case).
Frankenhooker is the story of Jeffrey Franken (get it?) who is a self proclaimed scientist, and inventor who accidentally kills his fiancé with a remote control lawnmower that was a birthday present for her father. One thing leads to another and Jeffrey gets the bright idea to bring her back to life, only with a new body. He searches New York City far and wide (and in the process you get to enjoy Times Square and the old 42nd street as a backdrop to this) to find the perfect body for his "Frankenstein" of a girlfriend. Did I forget to mention that our scientist extrodinaire figures out how to turn crack cocaine into "super crack"? Well, I mentioned it now and keep in mind that this so called "super crack" has one major side effect. It makes you explode upon smoking it. Well one thing leads to another and Jeffrey talks to a pimp named Zorro to get a bunch of girls together so he can test them out and see which would be the perfect body for his fiance's head to fit on. Although he doesn't let them in on the real reason why he's doing it, but it leads to hilarity one in the same. But the movie really takes off when his experiment is complete with actress Patty Mullen shuffling around spouting 3-4 catch phrases that she says through the rest of the movie, and it's damn funny stuff. This movie honestly has everything and anything you'd ever want to see in a movie. James Lorinz from Street Trash playing on funny ass role, exploding hookers, a brain with an eye in a fish tank, a kickass pimp named Zorro, head drilling, a Heather Hunter (porn star) cameo as a hooker, reanimation of corpses, bodies exploding with fireworks, and much more. Honestly this is one of the coolest horror comedies I've ever seen and it's typical of what you'd expect our of Frank Henenlotter.
Technically the movie is fine with some cool shots of New York City, and some pretty good explosion scenes that had to be pretty complicated to shoot. The movie comes off well for being pretty low budget and the script itself is awesome. It's simply another retold story of Frankenstein, but in a way that only Frank Henenlotter can do it. The one thing you can say about every film that he's done is that they are entertaining and this one certainly doesn't fall short of that whatsoever. It's just one among many reasons why I think Mr. Henenlotter is one of the most underrated genre filmmakers out there. He simply gets it, and it shows with every project that he does. This movie is pure Henenlotter goodness that remains as fun to watch today than when it was first released. I love how each time out with the films that he's made that he's managed to remain true to what makes his personality and tastes are. That even stands to be the truth with his latest release "Bad Biology". Either way if you're a fan of Frank Henenlotter's work and you haven't seen "Frankenhooker" than you owe it to yourself to see it now (looking as good as it does on this very disc).
Overall I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this movie to horror fans looking for something different and to Henenlotter fans who just have yet to see it. The Synapse release looks fantastic and is honestly the best the movie has looked since it's initial release. There are also some extras on the Blu-ray/DVD combo, but most of them are from the prior DVD release that was put out by Unearthed Films. Although if you didn't have that release then there are plenty of extras including, commentary, trailers, a few interviews with the stars of the movie that will be all new to you. There's no doubt that when you are in need of a date.....Frankenhooker won't steer you wrong!
Rating - ***1/2
Blu-ray Rating - ***