Sunday, 11 December 2011

Review on Freaks

Review on Freaks (1932)


This film was to be a part of the horror genre of the 30s, which its director; Tod Browning wanted to create the ultimate horror film, described by Jamie Russell in a review on 'Originally released in 1932 to cash in on the horror boom of the 30s, "Freaks" has always been something of a hot potato. Director Tod Browning, who'd scored a huge hit with the original "Dracula" in 1930, promised MGM the ultimate scary movie. But the resulting picture surprised everyone: "I asked for something horrifying," said the studio's shocked head of production, "and I got it.' (Russell, 2002) After the shock of this film the studio decided to ban it  until 1960 when the ban was lifted and was allowed to be shown to the public. Kim Newman explains from 'The studio was so horrified that it sold the picture off to grindhouse distributors who appropriately toured it around sleazy tent shows under the title Nature's Mistakes. However, it was revived in the 1960s - when, incidentally, British Censors rescinded their ban on it. In an era when the word 'freak' had a more positive meaning, it became recognised as a one-of-a-kind bizarro masterpiece.' (Newman, 2011) 

Hans and Frieda

Punished and turned into a Mutant Chicken Lady


List of Illustrations

Figure 1. Brownings, Tod (1932) Freaks [Poster] At: (Accessed on: 11.12.11)

Figure 2. Brownings, Tod (1932) Hans and Frieda [Screen cap] At: (Accessed on: 11.12.11)

Figure 3. Brownings, Tod (1932) Punished and turned into a Mutant Chicken Lady [Screen cap] At: (Accessed on: 11.12.11)


Newman, Kim (2011) Freaks (Accessed on: 11.12.11)

Russell, Jamie (2002) Freaks (Accessed on: 11.12.11)

Smithey, Cole (2011) Freaks - Classic Film Pick (Accessed on: 11.12.11)

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