Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Tod Browning's 'Freaks' DVD Review

Our guest blogger Chris Dunlop is back this week with his take on Tod Browning's cult phenomenon 'Freaks', enjoy!

Cult Horror- Starring  Wallace Ford,  Leila Hyams,  Olga Baclanova & Rosco Ates. Suggested by Tod Robbins' story "Spurs". Screenplay by Willis Goldbeck and Leon Gordon. Directed by Tod Browning.

Tod Browning
Tod Browning directs this 1932 Cult Classic in which the true freaks are not the story's sideshow performers, but "normals" who mock and abuse them. Browning, a former circus contortionist, cast real-life sideshow professionals.

A living torso who nimbly lights his own cigarette despite having no arms or legs, microcephalics (whom the film calls "pinheads"), they and others play the big-top troupers who inflict a terrible revenge on a trapeze artist who treats them as subhumans.

Prince Randian
In 1994, 'Freaks' was selected for the National Film Registry's archive of cinematic treasures.

The dvd release includes: Commentary by David J. Skal, Freaks: Sideshow Cinema featurette, special message prologue and 3 alternative endings.

This movie is a MUST SEE for all fans of classic horror & cult cinema. You need this movie in your life.

Rating 5 out of 5
by Chris Dunlop

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