Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Frank Henenlotter- A True Genius and Visionary

There are many under known, under appreciated Geniuses that manage to create amazing works of Art for years, yet somehow fly below the radar. Today I would like to give the fascinating Frank Henenlotter such much deserved recognition...

The more I think about it, the more I love Frank Henenlotter. The man is an archiver, preserver, and collector of old exploitation and sexploitation classics. He has been in cahoots with the inimitable 'Something Weird Video' since the 80's and is responsible for unleashing such obscure gems as 'The Curious Dr. Humpp' and the 'Sexy Shockers From The Vault Series' on the unsuspecting insatiable trash-hound populous. However, his biggest contributions to the Universe will always be his amazing, one-of-a-kind films...

His first gift to the Cosmos was the delirious low-budget horror classic 'Basket Case', released in 1982.



This wonderful film is distributed by Something Weird and readily available. 'Basket Case' is a timeless tale of brotherly love and a hideously deformed, yet highly lovable mutant freak named Belial.



'Basket Case' was followed by two sequels that are both highly entertaining and amusing freakshows. However, Mr. Henenlotter claims that he made these for the money so that he would be able to finance his two masterpieces, 'Frankenhooker' and 'Brain Damage'. The original 'Basket Case' is definitely the place to start- This film is a perfect entry point to Mr. Henenlotter's fascinating oeuvre.

Following the exploits of Duane and Belial Bradley in 'Basket Case', Mr. Henenlotter was back in 1998 with what many consider to be his masterpiece, the twisted and tantalizing 'Brain Damage'. 'Brain Damage' serves as a classic, allegorical tale of dependence and substance abuse. It features one of cinema's finest creations: the charming, wise, and murderous Aylmer.

He sings, he kills, and he attaches himself to the back of your neck and injects you with an electro-chemical agent that makes you trip your nuts off. The only trade off is that Aylmer requires brains as his food source.


This is a fantastic and very well-done film. You really owe it to yourself to check it out...



Like a man possessed, Mr. Henenlotter returned with two fantastic films in 1990:
'Basket Case 2' and the incredible 'Frankenhooker'...



'Frankenhooker' is a classic tale of Sluts & Bolts. It's about true Love and Super Crack- an amazing scientific advancement in the world of crack cocaine. Be careful though, if Super Crack is smoked by you (and you are a hooker), you may explode!

I could go on and on about these fantastic films. However I am at work and I must actually do some work...

You must check out these amazing films as soon as possible. Thank you Frank Henenlotter!

1 comment:

Kathryn said...

Aw I just love Aylmer...he's soooo hot!

Points to you for posting all of these!