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If you like watching B horror movies that were suited for the drive-in movie crowd of the '60s, then definitely check out She Freak (1967). This carnival-based horror movie is pretty much a remake of Freaks (1932). It has basically the same plot. However, She Freak is clearly inferior to Freaks. For one thing, the acting is sub par, the fight scenes are laughably fake, very few actual "freaks" appear in the movie, and most of the music throughout the movie sounds like cocktail music. However, it is worth checking out not so much for the story, but for the carnival setting. The opening credit sequence lasts about five minutes and features a lot of good footage of every aspect of a then-modern day carnival. The camera angles are pretty cool during this sequence. The aerial shots are cool. From there, the movie gets into the story, which as I said, is a basically Freaks done all over again, but with less emphasis on the actual freaks themselves. Instead, there's a gold-digging former diner waitress who joins a traveling carnival and seduces the owner and another man who is a worker. You'll also see a sword swallower, a snake lady, and the typical attractions one would see at a carnival from 45 years ago.
This movie holds my attention throughout, even though the music and the acting bring it down a couple notches. If you're a fan of carnival and circus based movies from the 1960s and 1970s like I am, this is one that is worth checking out. There are better carnival and circus based movies from the era of the 1960s and 1970s, but this one does have that nostalgic carnival/circus atmosphere.Read more ›
You've seen "Freaks", right? Then you know the story...just substitute a waitress for the acrobat and a sideshow owner for Hans. Unlike "Freaks", "She Freak" is vibrant and colorful, and the shots taken from the California State Fair are some of the most impressive carnival footage yours truly has ever seen. In fact, they've been sold as stock to many other producers over the years. With the exception of a lone midget, there are no real human oddities in the film. Friedman was constrained by a California state prohibition on the exhibition of 'freaks' for profit, so rather than pack up and film somewhere else, he decided to have Harry Thomas create some monsters for him. Even those faux deformities only appear at the very end.
As I said, not one of Dave's better films, and sadly, not one of his better commentaries either. Mister Friedman has set the standard for the audio commentary medium, always entertaining and full of stories, but here he seems less lucid, and makes a surprising number of factual errors.Read more ›
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It is very good movie for the people who wants to sleep, just play the movie and within five minutes you' ll be sleeping.Published 17 months ago by mido
You ever work in a restaurant and think to yourself, "Dang, the money is okay, but this job just ain't cuttin' it as far as life goes. I'm ready for something else. Read morePublished on August 19, 2013 by John Abar
A bit dated, but surprisingly fun. A friday night drive in special. Grab your popcorn, pull up your panties and take a wild ride through the carnival. very well recomended! Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by D
Waitress, Jade Cochran dreams of a better life, beyond her west Texas existence. She gets her chance when a traveling carnival comes to town. Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
She-Freak is one of my favorite Something Weird Dvd's. The movie is very campy and has really bad dialogue. Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by Mr.heathen
It was B Average show with one moral lesson in the movie.
Too much violence, and a Terrible Ending to the Girl.
Bad rip off of the original Freaks movie. If you like bad, B rate movies, this ain't to bad. Otherwise.. you probably won't enjoy it at all.Published on October 12, 2012 by Michael Berger