Classic horror director Tod Browning's Freaks is a benchmark horror picture that has been praised for being a truly unique horror film. The controversy around this is quite legendary and before its release got cut significantly in an attempt to censor its content. Director Tod Br...
The genesis of MGM's Freaks was a magazine piece by Ted Robbins titled Spurs. The story involved a terrible revenge enacted by a mean-spirited circus midget upon his normal-sized wife. In adapting Spu... read more
DVD Release Date: August 10, 2004
Stats: 1,968 reviews
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December 13, 2012
A pre-code horror film from legendary director Tod Browning, Freaks lives on in infamy for its perverse message, timeless lines, and use of circus sideshow freaks at the height of their fame. At the time Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circuses made it a point to include fre...
September 25, 2012
This is a very cool movie. It has real people from circuses and a great story. The mixture of authenticity and a fantastic story makes for such a great movie.
March 3, 2012fb1664868775
A very odd film that forces everyone who sees it to confront their prejudices.
October 1, 2011
A cracker, shame it's so scissored (down to only an hour). But what's left is perfecto, a movie that couldn't me made today (or if it was, it'd be cloyingly manipulative). Why Browning gets credit much more for the very boring Dracula iover this, I'll never know. This flick also ...
February 5, 2011
A magnificent piece of cult celluloid. I love this film. I love the controversy surrounding it...I love the fact that Tod Browning used real freaks of nature for the film...and I love that the film is my own personal collection. :)
January 23, 2011
I think that this movie, although impossible by today's standards of human rights and regulations, is one of the saddest films I have ever seen. The first time I watched it I did cry and with a film that has appeared on so many "disturbing" lists since it was made in 1936 I was n...
October 14, 2010
A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.
The shock ending alone is enough to rate this movie 5 stars. That was such a nightmarish climax. It'll stick w...
May 30, 2010
It's really pretty hard to categorize this one, as it has it all: shocks, scares, humor, sweetness, and an undeniable "message". As a cult classic, it is a landmark. As a film in general, it is also a landmark, chiefly because of Tod Browning's decision to cast real people with d...
November 3, 2009
Landmark cult film about the relationship between a long legged trapeze artist named Cleopatra and Hans, the dwarf she marries. Uncategorizable film is creepy and disturbing, but also touching and sweet. What makes this film so unique is director Tod Browning's controversial st...
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