Freaks - the appreciation thread!

Discussion in 'Movies' started by SteveGon, Oct 29, 2003.

  1. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    Just caught Tod Browning's Freaks on TCM. Despite its vintage, this movie still has the power to weird you out - it's easy to see why MGM all but disowned the film when it um, freaked people out. [​IMG]

    My favorite scene: the Living Torso lights a cigarette.

    We're supposed to get this on DVD next year - hope it's a great release!
     
  2. Mike Hutman

    Mike Hutman Supporting Actor

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    One of us!
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  3. MartinTeller

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  4. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    Kirk Tsai Screenwriter

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    It weirded me out, but was actually very moving too. I like this more than Dracula. Great film.
     
  6. Rob Bartlett

    Rob Bartlett Stunt Coordinator

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    One of my favourites of all time. It's absolutely frightening at the end, and is probably the best execution of the "circus goldigger" story.

    I mean really, it's downrigth gruseome at times.
     
  7. Tony Mirra

    Tony Mirra Stunt Coordinator

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    What are the chances of this being restored to the 90 minute run time that Browning originally wanted?

    I love this movie and can't wait to get it on DVD next year.

    BTW, is Warner working on the DVD or is does it still belong to MGM?
     
  8. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Thanks for bringing this one up Steve. I think that it is buried in the 30s challenge and deserves a bit more publicity.

    Strange, strange film.
     
  9. ChuckSolo

    ChuckSolo Screenwriter

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    Yep, just caught this one on TCM last night too. Good movie, but rather disturbing, especially when they show the black guy who is basically just a torso and a head. I heard that only one movie since then has used that many "freaks" since Tod Brownings piece, and that is "The Sentinel" made in the 1980's.
     
  10. Hunter P

    Hunter P Screenwriter

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    Reading up on SteveGon's links, it looks like many of the actors regretted being in the film and thought it an insult to freaks.

    I remember seeing this on TV years ago and the sound quality was so bad it was hard to hear the dialogue. If they do release it on DVD then I hope they clean that up.
     
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    TommyT Stunt Coordinator

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    I've seen this one once. T'was enough for me! I've got this one on a special list in my IMDB account. Its a list of flicks that give me the chills!
     
  12. Patrick McCart

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    Warner is putting it on DVD next year.
     
  13. Francois Caron

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    In all the years I've watched movies, this was the first time a movie dated well before 1960 has ever given me the creeps! I've watched my Laserdisc copy only once and never took it out of the bookcase again!
     

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