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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What great movie for its time, very creepy climax scene! Loved it!Published 14 days ago by Zachary Finch
Unassuming flick, considering the modern expectations of horror. However, the character development and the ability to relate to the main characters really sends this film to above... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Strange early horror movie. Worth it for the final scene in the rain.Published 1 month ago by tobias mostel
This was a banned movie of the early 1930s because of its rather shocking display of real people with real disabilities called freaks in a circus. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Galen Halimar
This is a great classic film, I liked it as much the second time as the first.
Made before modern special effects, the human oddities are real!
Just watch this. It's its own genre. Very strange and special.Published 2 months ago by Eileen Doherty
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