put me out of my misery

Alright, this week was much better on Tubi. I think I finished every movie I started.

There were a few good ones. Or at least a few notable ones.

Frankenhooker (1990)

It’s a shame that few actors make it in the industry. Whoever played the lead had a performance for the ages.

I hesitate to call it a “comedic” performance, although he was quite funny. But the actor perfectly encapsulated the madness and obsession that that role called for.

I can easily see the pitch for this movie:

Producer: “are there going to be boobs in the movie?”

Director: “yes but they’re all going to explode.”

Producer: “but there will be boobs?”

Now this film has quite a following. Hell, it even has a Bill Murray seal of approval, so it might not be as obscure as I’d like it to be. But it’s cult status is well earned and you should check it out.

Maniac (1980)

It’s a fairly simple concept: a maniac runs around Manhattan killing a bunch of people. But it’s pretty well executed.

And speaking of execution, it has one of the best head explosion scenes in film history (again, courtesy of the legend himself: Tom Savini…who I also think played character getting his head blown off)

The Forbidden Zone (1980)

It’s not a horror film. I don’t know what it is.

A musical?

I can handle weird. That’s not a problem. But you gotta suck audiences in. Once when they’re in, they have no choice but to sit there and watch it because they’re that engrossed. That’s not this movie.

It stars Herve Villechaize because he never turned down a paycheck, and features music from a group that eventually became Oingo Boingo.

It’s not my cup of tea, but I’m sure the theater nerds love it.

4 thoughts on “put me out of my misery

  1. Oh man, Frankenhooker is one of my favorites! Funny you should mention the pitch. Director Frank Henenlotter actually pitched it off the top of his head, making it up as he went, after producer James Glickenhaus shot down his first idea, “Insect City”, for being “unfilmable” (or “unreleasable”, something to that effect).

    I love how crazy and sweaty Joe Spinell is in Maniac.

    The last one I haven’t seen. I was going to ask, wasn’t it directed by the brother of Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman?

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    1. Frankenhooker is pretty damn good, not gonna lie. If I ever start collecting some of these on dvd/blue-ray, it will probably make the cut. That’s high praise for me lol. And I knew that there had to be something about that pitch. Henenlotter was probably like “blah blah blah exploding boobs!” And Glickenhause replied “yeah we can make that work!”

      Joe Spinell was A+. He wasn’t as crazy and sweaty as that guy in the Human Centipede 2, but he was close.

      Forbidden Zone is directed by Richard Elfman, who I presume to be Danny Elfman’s brother. I guess according to what little research I did, Richard was also a founding member of the precursor to Oingo Boingo

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