DVD - 2004
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A group of freaks take revenge on a trapeze artist and her boyfriend after years of abuse. Filmed using real circus performers.
Publisher: [United States] : Turner Entertainment Co. ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2004]
ISBN: 9780790746548
Branch Call Number: DVD FRE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (66 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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🎟 So people think this is an exploitation film? Obviously they've never seen "Mondo Cane" or "Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS." Check those out, and get back to us. It hasn't lost its power to shock.

May 13, 2019

Had 1932's "Freaks" been something of an enlightening experience, then, yes, I could see the point of director, Tod Browning making it. But, on the contrary, this film was a sordid, vicious production whose obvious controversy was calculated by Browning as a way to earn himself a huge dollar profit.

I think that the unfortunate and "real-life" deformed people ruthlessly exploited in this film were given absolutely no dignity, whatsoever. They were simply propped up in front of the camera as "abnormal things" to be gawked at. They were nothing more than a temporary form of amusement for the insatiable spectators.

And, with that said - I do not recommend this vintage Hollywood "curiosity" film at all.

Jul 01, 2017

Here on July 4th, I remember Thomas Jefferson, "Nobody has the right to tell anybody else how to think." I first saw this movie while working at the 3 Penny Cinema, 11 years old, and on summer vacation. It was an old black and white movie, just like the 3 stooges, and so many others so it didn't matter since whatever was on the screen happened too long ago to matter. Frozo was the cool dude around the circus, and a part of him with his genuine friendship to everybody regardless of who they were stayed with me.

Much later; while serving in the military the introduction about the love for beauty being inborn in all of us since the start of civilization hit me in the face while viewing this movie in the television room.

Today, another reference to this movie came during a video song, "Creep", with pictures of the performing artists from "Freaks". I can only speculate that some persons view a two way mirror image of their true identity, with the other image of what they are so glad its not them that were born like them, like them Freaks, like them slimy Freaks, and maybe the code of the freaks haunts the normal population with the possibility of what they may wake up to find in the mirror.

Does anybody abash Sherlock Holmes, the great detective, who was also good at injecting himself with cocaine and morphine? Good reading and educated research about the movie cast is both academically enlightening, and a bit consoling. The depression, for e.g. made more then one hermaphrodites out of normal depression era young men, out of desperation for a meal, and a bed even though they were straight as arrows.

Keep in mind that I wasn't around back then, but I know enough to realize that cinema was new, and not common as our multitude of webs and other media. Have we really progressed since 1932, the year of the freaks movie? Our society has different names and criteria for the in crowd and the outcasts. Jose Zamora

Oct 24, 2013

I'm not going to win any popularity contests with my favorable review of this film, given the derogatory title and premise, but I couldn't care less. I calls 'em likes I sees 'em. The acting was atrocious. Just plain awful. But the film is one of a kind, from a time when ignorance and insensitivity was rampant in filmmaking, (e.g. D.W. Griffith's "Birth of a Nation"), and in general. Shudder as we may at this small-mindedness, these were the attitudes of the day. I found myself glued to the screen, regardless of the bad acting and any potentially insulting exploitation. These people made a cognitive, knowing choice, (well, at least those who had the ability to), to participate in this film. (To my knowledge), they were not forced to. And I was entertained by its uniqueness whether or not some consider it in bad taste. C'est la vie. (F.Y.I. The microcephalic actor (male not female) Schlitze inspired the "Zippy the Pinhead" comic strip, and also The Ramones song "Pinhead".)

Aug 18, 2012

To me it was as low as the gutter that director Tod Browning exploited real-life human deformity for the sake of amusement and novelty in order to sell his cheap, callous picture of hate and revenge.... I'll bet you that none of the "freaks" in this picture were in any way directly related to Browning, say, as a legless cousin, or a pin-headed sister, or the armless relative of a friend.... I think that it served quite nicely as a satisfactory form of poetic justice that, back in 1932, Freaks was a commercial failure and that it pretty much finished Browning's career as anything (writer, actor, director) in the movie industry.


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mariednguyen Sep 27, 2013

Freaks is a 1932 American Pre-Code horror film about sideshow performers, directed and produced by Tod Browning and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, with a cast mostly composed of actual carnival (funfair) performers. The film was based on Tod Robbins' 1923 short fiction story "Spurs". Director Browning took the exceptional step of casting real people with deformities as the eponymous sideshow "freaks", rather than using costumes and makeup.

Browning had been a member of a traveling circus in his early years, and much of the film was drawn from his personal experiences. In the film, the physically deformed "freaks" are inherently trusting and honorable people, while the real monsters are two of the "normal" members of the circus who conspire to murder one of the performers to obtain his large inheritance.


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Aug 18, 2012

Other: This film exploits real-life human deformity for the sake of amusement.


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Oct 24, 2013

(Cleopatra has just lured Hercules into her trailer) Cleopatra: "Aaah... Come on in! Help yourself to drinks!" Hercules: "Ah! That is fine!" Cleopatra: "Feel like eating something?" Hercules: "Always!" (They both slug down some booze, and Cleopatra holds up an egg) Cleopatra: "How many?" Hercules: "Oh, I'm not very hungry... About six." Cleopatra (turning to Hercules seductively): "How do you like them?" Hercules: "...Not bad!" (Bear hugs her) Cleopatra: "Oh, but you are strong! You are squeezing me to death!" Hercules: "And you LIKE IT!" Cleopatra: "Oh, you are taking my breath away!" (They kiss, under the snooping gaze of the half man/half woman. They feel eyes on them, and Herc ain't happy) Hercules: "You!" (Runs after her) "WELL, HERE'S SOMETHING FOR YOUR EYE!" (Flattens the he/she with a sucker punch)


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