Frank Henenlotter Brings Bad Biology to Boston!

buff-2009The New York Underground Film Festival is sadly no more. Boo! But the Boston Underground Film Festival is alive and kicking both legs and several other appendages. Eegah! The BUFF kicks off tonight with a screening of incredibly strange filmmaker Frank Henenlotter‘s Bad Biology, his first film since 1992’s Basket Case 3: The Progeny. The insanity starts at 7:30 PM at the Kendall Square Cinema.

Biologydoesn’t shake up Henenlotter’s bag of tricks too hard, featuring a phallic beastie, lousy acting, and a special effects budget that was probably equal to the cash spent on craft services. Musician/actress Charlee Danielson is the actress taking on the role of Jennifer, whose mutant cooch demands constant satisfaction. When not bashing out the brains of her lovers and tossing stem cells in the trash, Jennifer is searching for nothing less than a holy shag with the Most High. She settles a man with the aforementioned wang. Sez Film Threat, “A hoot that hollers throughout.”

Inspired by an adolescent spent frequenting Times Square, Frank Henenlotter turned to film-making and debuted his short Slash of the Knife alongside John WatersPink Flamingos. His 1981 debut Basket Case is a kind of Citizen Kaneof video nasties that Time Outnoted put “small ugly creatures like ET and Ewoks back where they belong: in baskets.” It took six years for him to follow it with Brain Damage, whose scuzzy hysteria could be an unacknowledged influence on Aronofsky’s Pi. Henenlotter topped himself with 1990’s immortal Frankenhooker and then retreated into managing Something Weird Video, whose re-releases of nudie cuties and films like Touch of Leather have preserved that Times Square mentality.

BUFF will also be showing Craig Baldwin’s brilliant Hubbard/Crowley mash-up Mock Up on Mu and Jens Hoffman’s documentary 9to5: Days in Porn. Chusy Haney-Jardine will also screen his debut Anywhere USA, which was described by Variety as “an excessively overlong personal project that chases its own tail” (which is usually what makes an underground film good in the first place). Connoisseurs of vintage weirdness can also savor the Japanese ’70s psych-out Hausu/House, a horror film which plays out like a high school drama on drugs that haven’t been invented yet.

All of these films are designed to make you feel cold, clammy and like you haven’t slept in about two weeks. Visit the BUFF’s Web site for more details.

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