Filmmaker known for his work in the exploitation horror genre. He directed cult classics such as Basket Case and Brain Damage.
He spent much of his childhood watching low-budget exploitation flicks at grindhouse theaters on Mahattan's 42nd St.
He appeared as himself and narrated the documenatary Herschell Gordon Lewis - The Godfather of Gore.
His brother Don Henenlotter worked as an actor.
His 16mm short film Slash of the Knife played at a midnight grindhouse show with the infamous Pink Flamingos, which was directed by John Waters.