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Freaks (1932)

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Wallace Ford Wallace Ford
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Leila Hyams Leila Hyams
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Olga Baclanova Olga Baclanova
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Rose Dione Rose Dione
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Written by (View all)
Willis Goldbeck Willis Goldbeck
(screenplay)


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Can a full grown woman truly love a MIDGET?

12 years ago at Oct 3 16:54
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A Classic horror movie to say the least, one of the few brought out in the early 1900's to compete and win against most movies that came out recently, this year even. No special effects were involved in this movie, just humans with deformities under the direction of fellow side show freak, Tod Browning. Watching the special features on this movie shows alot of information, including that Tod Brown... read more

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11 years ago at Oct 2 11:32
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Freaks is a cult-classic for obvious reasons that tight-rope walks a fine line between exploitation and authentic story-telling. At times it veers too heavily toward sensationalistic self-indulgence or misplaced sympathy/false nobility, while at others it strikes an earnest tone, providing a complex study of human behavior at its best and worst. Anyway you slice it, the film ultimately suffers bec... read more

An unique picture

10 years, 7 months ago at Feb 28 9:10
2 votes
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this movie but since it has a solid reputation, I was quite eager to check it out. Eventually,  I have to admit that I was quite blown away by the damned thing. Seriously, I had never seen anything like this before and, while watching this movie,  I was really wondering why they never made more movies about this subject. The problem, if they would make a simil... read more
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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.
Release date: 20 February 1932
UPC: 022891978008
Tags: Horror (29), Revenge (24), Circus (22), Drama (18), 1930s (18), 1932 (15), Freaks (15), Midget (13), Black & White (12), Siamese Twins (11), Infidelity (9), Tod Browning (9), Poison (8), Harry Earles (8), Thriller (7), Cult (6), Black And White (5), Usa (5), Disturbing (5)
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Freaks

“Freaks was Tod Browning’s passion project. His earliest work on the project can be traced back to 1927, and it’s something of a miracle it got made at all. It’s an even bigger miracle that MGM didn’t bury this thing after the horrific first reactions and heavy editing involved.   It’s tantalizing to think about the film that Freaks might have been, but what emerges as you watch it is a sense that is unclassifiable film is still a masterpiece. It’s nearly impossible to wrap your brain around the prestige and glamour of MGM having produced this humane, sympathetic, and yes, scary film. Was wunderkind producer Irving Thalberg merely trying to recreate the box office and magic of Dracula and Frankenstein? Probably, but boy did he get something wholly different.   Browning ha” read more

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