Watched Aug 17, 2012
JK Wall’s review:
It can be a bit strange to think of just how forward-thinking a film Freaks was as the entire film seems so outlandish. While it urged the audience to think of the "freaks" from the sideshow as normal, it never even tries to make a case that sideshows themselves were inherently wrong. Of course it didn't, as most of the production was either formerly or currently involved in the circus when this was released. But once you've wrapped your head around it all this is a truly amazing film. Its visually interesting, full of irony, always tense and still somehow heartwarming. Harry Earles puts in an amazing performance as Hans, made all the more haunting by knowing his career peaked after he appeared as an uncredited munchkin in The Wizard of Oz. If I have any problem with Freaks its the ending, which was tacked on by MGM at the last minute to make the film a bit more appealing. If you stop the film a couple of minutes early, where it was intended to end, its actually one of the better endings I've ever seen.