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Freaks (1932)

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Restricted 16

Restricted to persons 16 years and over.

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Inspired by childhood recollections of running away with the circus and befriending the sideshow freaks, Tod Browniing's vision of sideshow life is both bizarre and disturbing. On its release in 1932 Freaks was greeted with revulsion and disgust by critics and public alike, losing $164,000 dollars in just a few weeks before being withdrawn by MGM. It would appear that Browning's use of real-life 'freaks' was just too much for audiences to stomach. In fact, the movie caused such outrage in the UK that it was banned and remained unseen for fifty years. Now regarded as one of the greatest cult classics of all time, Freaks is not seen as a study of deformity but rather an old-fashioned tale of morality where the defenceless and hopeless triumph over evil. The grotesque actually come across as much more appealing than most of the 'normal' people in the production. This aside, however, the final ten minutes are amongst the most chilling scenes in horror movie history.

Review

"Tod Browning, who directed Bela Lugosi in the original Dracula, stepped into even eerier territory with this 1932 story of betrayal and retribution in the circus. Evil trapeze artist Olga Baclanova seduces and marries a midget in the circus sideshow, hoping to inherit his wealth. But in doing so, she has crossed the wrong folks: the tightly knit group of nature's aberrations, who stick together like family--and who set out to avenge their little pal. Browning brought in some of the most famous sideshow attractions of the era, include Siamese twins Daisy and Violet Hilton and Johnny Eck the Legless Boy, as well as Zip and Pip, microcephalics whose appearance in this film inspired cartoonist Bill Griffith to create his comic strip, "Zippy the Pinhead." So disturbing that it was banned for 30 years in Great Britain." --Marshall Fine
Release date NZ
October 6th, 2004
Length (Minutes)
62
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.33 : 1
Language
English
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Mono
Genre
  • Horror
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
UPC
9325336020401
Product ID
1466966

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