All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
The love story of a SIREN, a GIANT, and a DWARF!
A carnival barker displays a sideshow freak called the Feathered Hen and tells her story. Cleopatra, a trapeze artist with the carnival, is adored by a midget named Hans. Frieda, Hans' fiancée (also a midget), warns Hans that Cleopatra is only interested in him so that he will give her money. Cleopatra has an affair with Hercules, and when Frieda lets it slip that Hans is to come into an inheritance, Cleopatra and Hercules plan to get the money be having Cleopatra marry Hans. During the wedding reception, Cleopatra, although openly romantic with Hercules, is accepted by the freaks, but is revolted and mocks them. The freaks decide that they no longer need Hercules in their carnival and have a new career for Cleopatra all lined up, and make sure she doesn't 'chicken' out.
Film #6 of Project 30
”Gooble-gobble, gooble-gobble. We accept her. One of us, one of us.”
Tod Browning’s Freaks is a 65 minute nightmare, from the beginning to the end it is filled with a sense of terror, shock and disgust. It’s really hard to describe this strange experience with words, saying that it’s unsettling or frightening is not enough, Freaks is the definition of the word FEAR. Not just because its characters are physically deformed people who will send shivers down your spine with their terrible appearances, the main reason that this legendary horror film is so powerful and spine-chilling is that it finds a way of portraying that sadistic side of “human beings” without looking artificial or flamboyant.…
A startlingly brave film for the time it was made in, Freaks is a powerful, empathetic story that still retains its power today. Quite who the real monsters are becomes clearer the more we are taken into the world of these circus performers. The horror arrives not from those who appear different from the 'norm' but those who cannot accept them.
There are moments of course where Tod Browning verges on exploiting the very same people he is trying to humanise. Some scenes are clearly set up as a spectacle, such as the man without limbs lighting his own cigarette or the rush to the bearded lady's tent to see her newborn. Yet by not filming their performances in the…
We accept you, one of us! Gooble Gobble!
A year after Tod Browning immortalized Bela Lugosi as Dracula he came out with the ever so controversial Freaks, a film that, all things considered, is better then the director's more famous earlier outing. It's also the film that supposedly brought on the demise of his career.
Looking at the poster you can see the studio trying to sell the picture as an exploitation flick with headlines like "Can a full grown woman truly love a midget?". MGM was basically acting like a carnival barker trying to get spectators to look at their "freakshow".
The film itself is much more then the poster suggests though. While it's cast mostly all have…
This holds up tremendously in one definitive category- the frank depiction of everyday freak-life. It's less about acting and more about real deformities captured in mundane existence. This is a sad film by the end, generating huge amounts of empathy without forcing trite stereotypes upon the freaks. They exist as they are and therefore the film refuses to spotlight the performers with any fake qualities. The honesty on screen is what has aged this finely. Director Todd Browning does not shy away from the shit luck these people were dealt in life. In the end, the story concludes as an essential morality tale and a fascinating window into the past.
If Richard Linklater time traveled and landed in a crazy circus atmosphere, Freaks is the movie that would have been inspired in him. Like Linklater films, the plot is there, but minimal and not as important as it's community of characters. We are given a glimpse into the life and mind of all the norms and "Freaks", capturing this twisted Circus World so vividly and sympathetically.
31 Days of Horror Review #6
I'm going to try to keep this review short as I am behind on letterboxd reviews and since it's been a little while since I watched it.
The 1932 Horror Classic Freaks is one of the films I was most looking forward to watching because besides some of the plot I really didn't know what I was getting into and that something I did get the pleasure of watching is not only the first masterpiece of 31 Days of horror but it's also one of the most disturbing films I've seen but it's not a horror film in the way your thinking.
Everything about this film is pretty much real. Including actors with the…
Letterboxd Season Challenge 2015-16
Week 5: October 4th-10th
Hoop-Tober Film #7
Film #7 of the 2015 Scavenger Hunt of the Dead Challenge!
Task #29: A horror movie you wanted to watch.
Freaks is an undeniably odd film. Empathetic and exploitative, funny and frightening, hopeful and horrifying, it is in essence a walking contradiction of a film. For about fifty minutes of it's roughly hour long run time Freaks is more of an ensemble melodrama than a horror film, investing in the tumultuous lives and relationships of both the titular sideshow freaks and the carnies they work with. But it's opening introduction promises a grotesque tale of freak vengeance and it's…
Tod Browning's Freaks is considered to be a classic in Hollywood horror yet it clearly is showing signs of aging. Though for what it is it's still a rather entertaining one to watch, though I'm not exactly sure it lives up to the reputation of a classic like I know some people would hail it as. I do have a rather similar relationship with Browning's Dracula as it was also a film which I could say I enjoyed, but did not exactly love.
What's ahead of the time for Freaks would be how elaborate the whole setup for the film is. Normally Hollywood at the time wouldn't be able to create something nearly like what…
I have some mixed feelings about Freaks. I wouldn't say that it's especially great, but it is an interesting piece of cinema history. It's often regarded as a horror film, and maybe that's what some of my mixed feelings stem from. Truth be told, the "horror" portion of the film lasts about... maybe five minutes, if that. Granted the ending bit is one of the best moments in the film, and it was definitely shot with the intent of instilling fear. If nothing else, it certainly is a memorable movie.
I wouldn't really categorize this as a horror per se, but I can see how it can fall into that designation. As I was totally expecting something else, Freaks turned out to be a highly entertaining and surprisingly tender dramatic number.
Freaks must have been a very shocking movie for its time. It mostly holds up, because it's more drama than horror.
Its descent into horror in some ways is less than satisfying, since it was a pretty compelling drama. But at the same time, the horror scenes at the end are the most memorable and effective.
Hoop-Tober 2015: Film #10
I'm not sure how much of a horror movie Freaks is, (more of a thriller really) but it is appropriately frightening when it needs to be. With a very short running time, it manages to wrap up a complete and contained story very well, filled with a myriad of great characters. The titular "freaks" in particular were astounding and (even though they actually were genuine) felt like incredibly real people within the wholly fictional scenario the film presents. The final scenes wherein the chase occurs is terrifying, but also very darkly satisfying, which really impressed me, considering the time this was released. The only thing that I can say that I didn't like was the…
"Are you laughing at me?"
"Why no, monsieur."
"Thanks, I'm glad."
"Why should they laugh at you?"
"Most big people do. They don't realize that I'm a man with the same feelings they have."
Easily one of the most controversial films of all time, Freaks is a transgressive, sometimes horrific, and sometimes touching tale about-well-freaks. It's message may seem cliche now, but at the time, maybe people weren't ready to see the ugly truth-that these so-called freaks are just as human as anyone. It would be disingenuous to say that this isn't an exploitation film, but it's not as exploitative as the sideshows it depicts. This film shows us that these people, the titular freaks, are just as normal as you or me. They eat like we do, laugh like we do, and most of all, they love like we do. Cheesiness aside, this is an excellent film that there is no excuse to ignore.
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…