Sunday, May 13, 2012

Frankenhooker (1990)

Links: TVTropes, Wikipedia, IMDB (5.7).
If you see one movie this year, it should be Frankenhooker.
— Bill Murray, fresh off Ghostbusters II
Considering there's a scene with exploding prostitutes, [Frankenhooker is] amazingly gore-free.
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Frankenhooker.  As soon as you hear the name, you already know the premise.  Only two questions remain: how is the plot going to arrive at that scene — don't look at me like that, you know the one I'm talking about — and how amusing will the movie be along the way?  This movie has its faults, but also its charms.  On the minus side: even at 85 minutes the plot is thin and padded, there's this weird out-of-nowhere bit with trepanning to erase moral qualms relieve headaches (a WTF even for a movie built on WTF), and the out-of-nowhere final scene is somewhere between a Twilight Zone twist and a shaggy dog story.  On the plus side: the lead actors deliver appropriately hammy but endearing performances, Louise Lasser pops up out of nowhere to steal a scene, and I had shockingly few problems with this film's portrayal of gender (well, grading on a curve).  Score: solid 3 stars out of 4.

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