What happened to Duane? He used to be such a nice kid, if you ignored the whole "helping his brother murder people" thing. In this movie, he's a kind of a douche. Missing is that weird disconnect from normal life he had in the first movie. Here, he keeps expressing a desire to live a normal life. I don't think the Duane from part 1 would even know what that meant. But, it is a story mover. Duane gets to learn a hard lesson about what happens when he ignores his freak heritage and is silly enough to be grossed out by his girlfriend's tummy-snake.
The other freaks in the movie are very, very cartoony. I'm tempted to love them -- the designs on many are really cool (my favorite is the dude with huge teeth jutting out) -- but I also miss the slightly more realistic world of the first movie. Then again, how can I complain when Henenlotter decides to do some crazy shit on screen? I love that the guy'll try this type of thing, even if it doesn't work out 100% of time. I'd admire both his creativity and his guts.
I've gotta say I do like the ending, though. Duane snapping and sewing poor Belial back onto his side is great. I hope they walk around still connected in part 3 for a while. (7/10)
Frankenhooker (1990) directed by Frank Henenlotter
More Henenlotter insanity. Jeffrey is an electrician who dabbles in self-taught surgery. One day his fiancee, Elizabeth, is run over by a remote-controlled lawnmower. He decides to fix her himself, saving her head and a few other body parts in a vat of pink goo while he sketches out plans for an electrical-charged replacement body. Ah, but where to get the replacement body? Hookers, obviously. Wacky hijinks then ensue.
No, seriously: they are wacky. How about a room full of hookers exploding like firecrackers after going crazy smoking some "super crack" Jeffrey whipped up in his garage? How about the resurrected Elizabeth sexing up a john, the john exploding from her electricity, and his flying head talking about about what a good time he had? Yeah, that happens. And, then, at the end, with Jeffrey's new body...
I hadn't seen this one before, but I love it nearly as much as Brain Damage now. Damn, what a good time. (8/10)