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This pre code movie, shocking for it's time, still pushes the edge of filmmaking with it's riveting tale of love and betrayal between a normal circus performer and the wealthy carnival midget whom she marries for money and then betrays.]]>
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This time around, though, the woman is a towering 5'4", the man is a midget and his friends include the Human Torso, the Human Skeleton, and an assortment of microcephali (a.k.a. `pinheads'). Tod Browning's FREAKS (1932) started its career as a critical and box-office disaster, was resurrected in the 1960s and by the 1990s was added to the National Film Registry by the National Film Preservation Board in 1994. Very few movies start out so despised and end up so revered. But then, FREAKS is like no other movie ever made.
Even today, with my senses dulled beyond repair from years of exposure to outrageous special effects and incredible cgi animation - even though I've seen this movie three or four times over the years - it still seems shocking and unsettling. The special hour long `making of' special included on the disk, featuring David Skal and a host of circus side-show historians, provides plenty of background on many of the `freaks' in the movie. Skal also provides a commentary track, in which he discusses the many hurdles FREAKS had to overcome during its troubled early history. Better yet, he provides the viewer with information on the many deleted and edited scenes.
On one level, FREAKS isn't a very good movie. Some of the acting is terribly wooden, the A-List original cast (Myrna Loy, Victor McLaglen, Jean Harlow) begged off the project and considering their replacements and the film's short running time of 62 minutes it's obvious that MGM quickly decided that this was a b-picture.Read more ›
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Had this on VHS and wanted an update. Very interesting and somewhat disturbing old moviePublished 8 days ago by rebecca jackson
A classic horror film that ruined the life of its director. What's not to love?Published 1 month ago by AHultquist
Just got it to have in myh collection. Its disturbing, but it is worth watching. Thanks.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This movie is 83 years old, and yet the strong social message still resonates: don't mess with the disabled. They may be packing.Published 2 months ago by Rick Calvert
I have always loved this movie. It's so sensitive and well acted.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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|How can you classify exploitation as "classic"||
Those poor unfortunate souls made a lot of money being "exploited" and I am sure they laughed all the way to the bank. If you think the film is exploitative then you didn't watch the same film as me.
Apr 22, 2010 by Chris W. | See all 4 posts
|wasn't the orignal longer?||
About 26 minutes of footage was chopped out by MGM after previews. Unfortunately, no one in 1932 anticipated the age of DVD extras or TCM, so the cut footage was not preserved. The original script still exists, and there are a couple of web sites that describe the missing footage.
Some of the... Read More
Dec 25, 2013 by Eric Perlin | See all 3 posts
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