Frankenhooker (1990)

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Talk about a weird one. When I came across this film I felt like I finally found something worth watching.. well at least interesting in a weird since. The way this film was made from how it was filmed to how nutty and insane it is really put it at the top of my list of being one of the strangest more unique movies I have ever watch.

A scientist obsessed with his work spends most all his time working on his dark experiments. For his wife’s birthday the scientist invents her a birthday gift, being as dangerous as it looks unfortunately kills her in a freak accident. Torn up about his wife being slaughtered to pieces he becomes mad and begins to bring his dead wife back to life by using the body parts from dead hookers.

Most of this movie can be described as dark and horrific diminished by the addition of comedy in how absurd and ridicules the whole plot is along with the acting. I really thought that there would be more to this movie than there actually was but most of it had to do with finding out how insane the guy was, putting together his wife, as much of the movie focused on this.

There was a lot of time and detail into how he was to recreate his wife, which I thought was unique and could imagine watching this one on a spooky halloween night. The later half of the film really pick up on the comedy and by my opinion was more entertaining. Some of the best parts were watching him find out how he was going to kill the hookers and then watching his finished work have some demo errors.

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The scientist really plays an insane dude marked by his methods of coping and getting inspiration for his creation. He is as insane as he is smart in how the way he devises his plan to work out so nicely.. well for the most part.

A lot of parts of the movie do not make a lot of since and I am guessing there are a lot of mistakes in the filming as I caught a few scenes that did not quite add up. Along with that there were many things I questioned asking myself “does this even make since?” but I guess the movie was not trying to be logical.

The end of the movie was probably the best when you get to see his finished creation escape and make its way around town looking and acting absolutely hilarious. Its like he forgot to give it a brain. The Frankenhooker repeats scripts from past moments leading up to the death of the hookers and has one focus in mind, make money by being a hooker to get the next dose of drugs. Except she is basically like a zombi being robotic in movement and tweaking every five seconds. Her facial tweaks are the best, probably being the best acting in the whole movie, making me wonder how any body could make such faces.

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The end of the movie is quite funny bringing pay back from Frankenhooker onto her creator. He is probably glad to be back alive but didn’t expect to look the way he does. Lets just say he is not at all that masculine but that is what his formula called for to recreate life.

What this movie really is a combination of is bad acting, bad directing, bad filming, with a hilarious story line. Its to bad they really couldn’t have done a better job in putting this movie together but I guess it reflects the mad scientists work. I had a hard time watching this movie with how cheap the effects were but it sort of added to the comedy. It was hard to tell what era the feel of this movie gave off being between the 80s and 90s but I feel like it gave off more of an 80s vibe. This movie would fit the perfect description of a cult classic and was worth the watch even though it basically sucked. Im giving this movie a Four out of Ten.

Rating: 4/10

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Mamma Mia! (2008)

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This is a fun go happy movie, family friendly, and just whole hearted good fun. I chose to watch this movie because one, I needed a good pick me upper to raise my spirits. Two, what better than a fun happy musical with great 70s music set on an old villa beside the sea in Italy.

The movie starts out with Sophie played by Amanda Seyfried, who I truly think is a beautiful women and an amazing actor, finding her mothers journal. After reading this Journal she discovers her possible fathers and invites these three men to her wedding hoping to find out who her true father is. Sophie’s mother, Donna who is played by Meryl Streep, tries to wrestle with past emotions and feelings as she has to deal with her past lovers showing up at her door step all wanting to win back her heart.

The movie focuses both on the daughter and her struggle to find who her true father is and her mothers drama with these three men. Though I would have to say Meryl Streep really gets most of the attention here as most of the musical breaks in song are focused on her as well as most of the screen time. Even in the end of the film it goes back to the focus on what happens with Sophie’s mom and her potential fathers. The end of the movie sort of threw me off as I didn’t think it would end the way it did. which I appreciate who wants to predict the end of a movie, that takes the fun out of watching, doesn’t it.

The movie did a good job on balancing the amount of singing scenes with the amount of regular acting scenes. If there is to much singing and not enough dialogue then I can sure get annoyed with a musical, glad this was not so. another positive about this film is the old italian home setting, seeing the villa and the culture and the beauty of where they lived. One thing that didn’t make this movie amazing was the whole story and what that was about. It just wasn’t for me, I definitely think that many people would enjoy it though. Especially a bunch of teenage girls at a sleep over, dreaming about getting married and love and stuff.

I haven’t really rated to many musicals but since it was a musical I am going to compare it only to musicals. This film gets a Six out of Ten.

Rating: 6/10