Freaks (1932)

Real sideshow performers star in Tod Browning's infamous cult classic, a grotesque revenge drama set against a circus backdrop. Trapeze artist Cleopatra plans to wed and then murder midget Hans for his fortune, but when his fellow… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 20, 1932
DVD Release Date: August 10, 2004
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Time has been kind to this horror legend: Freaks manages to frighten, shock, and even touch viewers in ways that contemporary viewers missed.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

[Boasts] some of the most terrifying scenes ever consigned to film.

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TIME Magazine

Director Tod Browning, one of the few truly individual directors in the U. S., is a specialist in horror.

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Josh Larsen

...despite its gruesome conclusion, the movie seems to do everything in its power to create community.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

One of the most powerful films ever made about the need for humanity and solidarity in the face of cruelty and oppression.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

If the heart of the horror movie is the annihilating Other, the Other has never appeared with more vividness, teasing sympathy, and terror than in this 1932 film by Tod Browning.

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Rob Gonsalves

Browning locked in some of horror cinema's most indelible images.

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Variety Staff

Freaks is sumptuously produced, admirably directed, and no cost was spared. But Metro failed to realize that even with a different sort of offering the story still is important.

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New York Times

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer definitely has on its hands a picture that is out of the ordinary.

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Jonathan Hatfull

With strong performances and a surprising tenderness, Freaks more than deserves its towering reputation.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Classic horror director Tod Browning's Freaks is a benchmark horror picture that has been praised for being a truly unique horror film. The controversy… More
Graham Jones
A very odd film that forces everyone who sees it to confront their prejudices.
Spencer S.
A pre-code horror film from legendary director Tod Browning, Freaks lives on in infamy for its perverse message, timeless lines, and use of circus sideshow… More
Antony Stubbs
A cracker, shame it's so scissored (down to only an hour). But what's left is perfecto, a movie that couldn't me made today (or if it was,… More
Aj V
This is a very cool movie. It has real people from circuses and a great story. The mixture of authenticity and a fantastic story makes for such a great movie.
Tim Salmons
A magnificent piece of cult celluloid. I love this film. I love the controversy surrounding it...I love the fact that Tod Browning used real freaks of nature… More