Frank Henenlotter

Biography

Frank Henenlotter: 29 August 1950 , New York City, New York, USA Writer/director Frank Henenlotter was born August 29, 1950, in New York City. He gleefully "misspent" his youth watching a large array of blithely cheap'n'cheesy low-budget exploitation flicks in various seedy grindhouse theaters on Mahattan's 42nd St. He began making 8mm films as a teenager. His 16mm black-and-white short Slash of the Knife actually played at a 42nd St. grindhouse midnight show with John Waters' Fenicotteri rosa (1972). He briefly worked as a commercial artist and graphic designer prior to embarking on a career as a filmmaker. Henenlotter's pictures are distinguished by their offbeat plots, cheerfully lowbrow humor, excessive gore and pervasively sordid atmosphere. He made a smashing horror film debut with the marvelously gruesome and sleazy monster splatter gem Basket Case (1982), which delivered a surprisingly substantial amount of touching pathos along with the expected over-the-top explicit violence and hilariously scuzzy humor. This terrifically twisted tale of two Siamese twins who exact a harsh revenge on the doctors who surgically separated them was a big midnight movie hit and deservedly achieved true cult classic status. Henenlotter's follow-up fright feature was the equally excellent and inspired Brain Damage (La maledizione di Elmer) (1988), another grotesquely original and imaginative winner that offers a potent and provocative allegory on drug addiction with its supremely sick story of a young man who becomes an initially unwitting host for a cunning, ancient and lethal parasite that feeds on human brains. Frankenhooker (1990) was an uproariously rude'n'raunchy tongue-in-cheek hoot, while both "Basket Case" sequels are very amusing and enjoyable affairs. Outside of writing and directing, Frank has been responsible for reissuing an enormous volume of vintage '60s and '70s horror, softcore and exploitation flicks on VHS and DVD alike for Something Weird Video; he has also served as an extremely funny, lively and entertaining moderator on numerous DVD commentaries for the company. After a regrettably lengthy absence from filmmaking, Henenlotter made a welcome comeback with the typically bizarre Bad Biology (2008). - IMDb Mini Biography By: woodyanders (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous) Trivia (2) Brother of Don Henenlotter Rescued low budget pictures and put them out on his Frank Henenlotter's Sexy Shockers From The Underground label for Something Weird Video Personal Quotes (3) I hate the "Golden Turkey" mentality . . . utterly and completely repulsive. It doesn't take a brain to sit around and make fun of a film. I don't appreciate Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988), either; I can make my own jokes. I don't need some smartass to tell me what's funny. I don't think that's real fandom; it's mass marketing. [on being labeled a horror film director] I never felt that I made "horror films." I always felt that I made exploitation films. Exploitation films have an attitude more than anything else -- an attitude that you don't find with mainstream Hollywood productions. They're a little ruder, a little raunchier, they deal with material people don't usually touch on, whether it's sex or drugs or rock and roll. I think eccentrically and I'm a strange little person.

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New York City, New York, USA

Birth Date

8/29/1950
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Mau Mau Sex Sex

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That's Sexploitation!

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Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore

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Under the Scares

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42nd Street Memories: The Rise and Fall of America's Most Notorious Street

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Rewind This!

Himself - Writer & Director, Basket Case

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They Came from the Swamp: The Films of William Grefé

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Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business

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Saint-Bernard

Wall Street Business Person #2

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Frankenhooker

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Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business

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They Came from the Swamp: The Films of William Grefé

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42nd Street Memories: The Rise and Fall of America's Most Notorious Street

Self

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That's Sexploitation!

Self

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Rewind This!

Himself - Writer & Director, Basket Case

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Saint-Bernard

Wall Street Business Person #2

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Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore

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Under the Scares

Self

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Mau Mau Sex Sex

Himself

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Frankenhooker

Passenger (uncredited)

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Basket Case

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