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Freaks [DVD] [1990] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • When released theatrically in 1932, FREAKS was met with near universal disgust by critics and audiences alike, lasting in theatres for only a short time in the states and banned in England. The film stars Harry Earles as Hans, a suave midget who belongs to the sideshow of a seedy circus and who makes the mistake of falling in love with the beautiful Cleopatra, one of the "normal" circus performers. Learning that Hans is about to inherit a fortune, Cleopatra agrees to marry Hans even though she abhors him, planning to steal his money and get rid of him. When the freaks of the circus, who keep a watchful eye on Cleopatra, discover her scheme, they plan to exact an unforgettable revenge.

    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.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 65191

  • Credits
    Wallace Ford, Olga Baclanova, Leila Hyams, Roscoe Ates, Henry Victor, Daisy Earles, Harry Earles, Rose Dione, Daisy Hilton
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[FREAKS] has the true compassion of an insider's vision..."
    Total Film

    "...Even now it's hard not to jolted by the sight of real-life sideshow performers..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "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."
    Los Angeles Times

    "Completely unique."

    "One of the strangest films ever made by a major Hollywood studio..."
    Sight and Sound

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