Interview: Frank Henenlotter

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Henelotter is the screenwriter and director of the Basket Case series, Frankenhooker, Brain Damage, and Bad Biology. He is known primarily for these horror comedies of the 1980s and early ’90s. Henelotter’s films were inspired by the exploitation and sexploitation films he loved, and watched on 42nd Street in New York City in the 1960s and ’70’s. His films were low-budget, and filled with gore and special-effects. They were considered by many to be B-movies, but they also turned the conventions of these films upon themselves.

Henenlotter a film historian has also collected many old low-budget sexploitation and exploitation films, such as the camp classic, The Curious Dr. Humpp (1971) which is available through his distribution company Something Weird Video.

I had the pleasure of not only interviewing Frank Henenlotter at Fantasia last year and he was so nice that he also hung out with us for the week. Here is the two part interview I conducted with my friend Chris Bavota over at Oddity Cinema.


  1. Ricky says

    I do not think he will which is a shame. Also he is really cool and laid back. I hope you get a chance to listen to our podcast special on Frank. It should be on the site by Tuesday morning.

  2. Márcio says

    Great interview, he seems like a really down to earth kinda guy. I love Henelotter’s movies, I was looking forward to “Bad Biology” and it didn’t disappoint. I’m just hoping he can start to release movies more regularly from now on.

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