Just because Halloween is over doesn’t mean the horror has to end. We know your head is hurting from all the candy, but you still want more and we’re here to bring you down easy. We dove deep into the Synapse Films catalog and have found a whole bunch of great horror. So come have a little hair of the monster with Pop Culture Beast’s Halloween Hangover Horror Reviews!
Another of several Frank Henenlotter films we’re covering in this series is Frankenhooker. This is one of those films that I’d often heard of but never seen. I never really took is seriously so I never really wanted to see it. I always thought it was just some silly junk I’d have no interest in.
Well I was half right. It is silly but it is super fun. Lots of flesh on display if you are into that but there are also some great practical effects to show off.
The story is about an inventor whose remote control lawnmower ends up mowing his wife to pieces. He spirals into a deep depression and an obsession to bring her back so he goes all Victor Frankenstein. Well first he needs to find the pieces to put her back together and that comes from a group of prostitutes.
It’s all fun from there.
Look this is not a film to take seriously. It’s not particularly scary but it does have gross out moments and it is a helluva lot of fun. Especially, the climax which has a fantastic 80s practical effect.
The acting isn’t the best but it works for the film. You will find yourself caught up in it because its flaws, weirdly enough, make it that much better of a movie. Definitely give it a watch.
Audio Commentary with Director Frank Henenlotter and Make-up Effects Designer Gabe Bartalos.
A Salad That Was Once Named Elizabeth featurette
A Stitch in Time: The Make-up Effects of Frankenhooker featurette
Turning Tricks Jennifer Delora remembers Frankenhooker featurette
Jennifer Delora’s Frankenhooker photo Scrapbook
5.1 and 2.0 audio
1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Final Grade: B+
Garon Cockrell is the Founder and Editor of Pop Culture Beast and host of The Pop Culture Beast Show. He founded the site over seven years ago to have a place on the internet to write about the things he loved. Since then, Garon has become a best-selling author (Demonic and Other Tales), an award winning screenwriter (Best Screenplay 2013 Motor City Nightmares Film Festival), and a cast member on the top rated podcast, Never Not Funny.