Offscreen Guest: There are few people we would consider an 'exploitation auteur', but Frank Henenlotter (°1950) most certainly fits the bill. From the age of fifteen, the young Henenlotter spent all his spare time at the grindhouses of 42nd Street, trying to watch as many films as possible, attracted by the lurid posters and titillating titles. He discovered a whole new world and never left. His films show a fixation on bodily mutations, a characteristic sense of humour, a fascination for the sleazy back alleys of New York and the colourful characters that inhabit them. The likeable filmmaker always states that he does not make horror films, but exploitation films. To him, it's a matter of attitude: exploitation films are a little ruder, a little raunchier and deal with material people don't usually touch on, like monstrous Siamese twins (“Basket Case”), exploding street prostitutes (“Frankenhooker”) or brainsucking parasites (“Brain Damage”).
Frank Henenlotter will personally present his films at the festival.
Frank Henenlotter joins legendary film producer David F. Friedman on a tour through the colourful history of sexploitation: arcade loops, “educational” sex hygiene pictures, nudie cuties plus all of the variations in-between, illustrated by some of the strangest clips from the Something Weird archives.
“What's in the basket?” Everyone asks Duane that same question when he arrives in New York and checks in at the sleazy Hotel Broslin. But what exactly is in that basket? Duane's malformed Siamese twin brother Belial! Together they want to seek revenge on the surgeons who separated their bodies.
Henenlotter's latest film is an engaging comedic drama based on true facts. Three friends travel from Brooklyn to post-Katrina New Orleans to steal a unique mural by Banksy. Not out of admiration of his work, but because of the neat million dollars they're convinced it's worth to art collectors.
A worm-like parasite named Aylmer latches into Brian's neck and offers to inject his brain with a hallucinogenic fluid, giving him pleasurable psychedelic experiences. But the catch is, to keep the high, Brian has to feed Aylmer his favourite food... human brains! A twisted and highly regarded cult film.
When Jeffrey's fiancée is chopped to pieces by a lawnmower, he uses his dubious medical knowledge to try to bring her back to life. He reassembles his beloved Elizabeth using the body parts of New York's finest prostitutes, and resurrects her during a heavy lightning storm. A horror comedy classic!