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- 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
- Mono - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Olga Baclanova, Leila Hyams, Roscoe Ates, Henry Victor, Daisy Earles, Harry Earles, Rose Dione & Daisy Hilton|
|Directed by||Tod Browning|
|Edited by||Basil Wrangell|
|Screenwriting by||Willis Goldbeck, Leon Gordon, Edgar Allan Woolf & Al Boasberg|
|Produced by||Tod Browning|
|Director of Photography:||Merritt B. Gerstad|
"...[FREAKS] has the true compassion of an insider's vision..."
"...Even now it's hard not to jolted by the sight of real-life sideshow performers..."
"FREAKS has a mythic and compelling narrative....Unforgettable by the end."
"Over the years FREAKS has grown in reputation and now is considered one of the most remarkable films of the 1930s."
"One of the strangest films ever made by a major Hollywood studio..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
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.
Far more unsettling than Browning's best known horror film, DRACULA, FREAKS has long been neglected due to its subject matter, even though it is a genuinely effective film. Gripping and often creepy, FREAKS manages to humanize its main performers, even looking at them with a sense of awe. By contrast, the "normal" performers in the film are largely hateful creatures who turn out to be much more repellant than their deformed colleagues. Both an excellent horror film and a unique look at the lives of sideshow performers, FREAKS is a chilling movie whose final ten minutes are some of the most harrowing in all of cinema.
- FREAKS was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1994.
- Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 184 ratings.
This is one of the greatest movies of all time. Tod Browning equaled his work in "Dracula", and the cast is tremendous. Highly recommended for one and all--gabba gabba!!
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