Blu-ray Review: Frank Henenlotter’s Body Horror-Comedy BAD BIOLOGY

2 out of 5 stars

In cinematic terms, Frank Henenlotter is like David Cronenberg’s younger, scrappier and less popular cousin. Both have worked in the realm of body horror, but while films like The Fly, Dead Ringers and Crash helped bring Cronenberg a certain air of respectability, Henenlotter has remained locked in the low-budget horror dungeon. Films like Basket Case, Brain Damage and Frankenhooker have their fans and a certain cult cache, but Frankenlotter has never broken through to the upper echelon of the genre. In fact, he hasn’t directed a narrative feature since 2008’s Bad Biology

Now, I normally pride myself on being able to crank out a solid film synopsis, but the plot for Bad Biology is so bonkers that I’m just going to leave it to Severin Films’s official précis:

Jennifer (Charlee Danielson) is a homicidal nymphomaniac who spontaneously births mutant babies. Batz (Anthony Sneed) has a monstrous penis with a mind of its own. In a city ruled by pleasure and pain, will two made-for-each-other freaks deliver the ultimate orgasmic horror?

Yes – it’s as crazy as it sounds. 

Ultimately, Bad Biology is a low-budget romp that plays everything for comedy. The script by Henenlotter and hip-hop artist R.A. The Rugged Man Thorburn certainly has chuckles amongst the gross-out moments and both Danielson and Sneed embrace the madness and give committed performances.

It’s a romp and it doesn’t outstay its welcome – but what lets Bad Biology down is that flat digital cinematography – something which is prevalent in so many low-budget horror films from the early 2000s. It’s a shame, because if this had the same texture as something like Basket Case then it would have been much more enjoyable. 

Special Features

Bad Biology might be a niche title, but Severin Films presents the blu-ray like it’s an A-list release. 

Want a Frank Henenlotter commentary?

Have two – one with Director Of Photography Nick Deeg and Anthony Sneed and another with producer co-writer R.A. The Rugged Man Thorburn.

Want a bizarre interview with Charlee Danielson?

You got one that takes place in a basement while she plays with a basketball. 

How about another half dozen random extras that you never knew you needed?

Have an interview with co-star Anthony Sneed or a chat Makeup Effects guru Gabe Bartalos or a behind-the-scenes doc and some other random odds and ends. 

All-in-all, the release of Bad Biology is totally comprehensive.