- Commentary by David J. Skal, Author of Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning, Hollywood's Master of the Macabre
- All-New Documentary Freaks: Sideshow Cinema
- 3 Alternate Endings
- Subtitles in English, French and Spanish
- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 2 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: August 10, 2004
- Originally Released: 1932
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Total Film - 10/01/2002
"...[FREAKS] has the true compassion of an insider's vision..."
Entertainment Weekly - 05/23/2003
"...Even now it's hard not to jolted by the sight of real-life sideshow performers..."
Premiere - 07/01/2004
"FREAKS has a mythic and compelling narrative....Unforgettable by the end."
Los Angeles Times - 08/08/2004
"Over the years FREAKS has grown in reputation and now is considered one of the most remarkable films of the 1930s."
Uncut - 05/01/2005
Sight and Sound - 05/01/2005
"One of the strangest films ever made by a major Hollywood studio..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
"Gooble-gobble...we accept her...on of us," goes the haunting chant of Freaks
. Yet it would be decades before this widely banned morality play gained acceptance as a cult masterpiece.
Tod Browning (1931's Dracula) directs this landmark movie in which the true freaks are not the story's sideshow performers, but "normals" who mock and abuse them. Browning, a former circus contortionist, cast real-life sideshow professionals. A living torso who nimbly lights his own cigarette despite having no arms or legs, microcephalics (whom the film calls "pinheads") - they and others play the big-top troupers who inflict a terrible revenge on a trapeze artist who treats them as subhumans. In 1994, Freaks was selected for the National Film Registry's archive of cinematic treasures.
Tod Browning's cult classic about the close-knit world of carnival performers and sideshow "freaks." One of the midgets in the show falls for a beautiful acrobat, and is overjoyed when she agrees to marry him. But her apparent affection is merely a cover for her sinister plans, which lead to a horrifying conclusion. Not for everyone's tastes, but there are scenes of immense power that stand-up strongly to modern "shock" pictures.
Cult Film |
Essential Cinema |
- FREAKS was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1994.
- Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification.