Freaks

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MGM Released 1932

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Director:
Tod Browning
Released:
1932
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Freaks is the 1932 horror classic that shocked the world upon its release and continues to do so to this very day. Directed by Tod Browning (Dracula), Freaks is set in a travelling circus which has a sideshow attraction of freaks consisting of joined Siamese twins, legless men, pinheads, bearded ladies and midgets including Hans (Harry Earles) who is in love with trapeze artist Cleopatra (Olga Baclanova) but since she is 'normal' there is little hope of the relationship Hans wants ever coming to fruition. Cleopatra becomes involved with circus strong man Hercules (Henry Victor); when they learn that Hans has inherited a fortune, Cleopatra and Hercules devise a plan where she will marry Hans and slowly poison him to death whereby they will be left with his money. But when one freak finds out, the code of the freaks kicks in, resulting in ten minutes which have been described as the most harrowing in all of cinema.

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  • 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    The most un-MGM movie that the studio ever made gave Dracula director Tod Browning the chance to tell a story that horrified audiences. [13 Aug 2004, p.4E]

  • 75

    Chicago Tribune

    Wallace Ford co-stars, but make no mistake, it's the actual sideshow talents whose unusual traits have kept this film singular and unforgettable. [19 Oct 2007, p.C5]

  • 75

    Slant Magazine Ed Gonzalez

    Today, hardcore fans have a way of trivializing the film's moral significance, some calling it a mere "masterpiece of shock cinema." This is to seriously underplay the film's blist...

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Drama, Horror, Suspense

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Classics, Cult, Horror Masters