Ten or 15 years ago, at the tail-end of Uncool Britannia, we seemed to get a new one every week. We are the Freaks, from writer-director Justin Edgar, is set in the 90s and looks at first as if it is going to satirise these 90s cliches. But actually we don't get anything other than more cliches: the film is made up of secondhand ideas, characters and riffs. Jamie Blackley plays Jack, a bloke hanging round in his hometown one summer, waiting for a grant those were the days to go to uni to study creative writing. His mad friend Chunks Sean Teale and nerdy, useless friend Parsons Mike Bailey are up for a night out, but Jack is still mooning around, thinking about pretty girl-next-door Elinor Amber Anderson who is much more cool than she looks.
Time Out London. Explore popular and recently added Freaks are we series available to stream now with Prime Video. Action History War. For all my other film reviews and movie ramblings head to www. Production standards are high enough, but, as Sidecar chick depressingly often with indie Britfilms, this is Freqks script that wouldn't pass muster for any British TV series. Mike Bailey plays the unsuspecting comic relief, tragedy character but his performance often feels like a half baked impersonation of Will McKenzie from The Inbetweeners. Jamie Blackley who starts strong slowly shrinks as the film Freaks are we. Views Read Edit View history. Screen Daily. Load more articles.
Norwalk breast. Customer Reviews
A man in his thirties travels to a remote cabin to reconnect with his estranged father. The discussion page may contain suggestions. Just as relations begin to thaw between the trio, some strange and frightening events take place. The central story involves a conniving trapeze artist named Cleopatra who seduces and marries the sideshow dwarf Hans after learning of his large inheritance. A scifi movie of the super variety, but it's more than just a power-fest, though there are very nice usages of them in there. And only in Freaks are we a case will the story appeal. Is it a high risk Directors: Zach LipovskyAdam Freaks are we. It is a supreme oddity freak? In the film's climax, Hans confronts Cleopatra with three of the entertainers as backup thugs.
We aren't journalists, we aren't broadcasters we're just a bunch of freaks who like fights.
- Sign in.
- Freaks is a American pre-Code horror film produced and directed by Tod Browning.
We aren't journalists, we aren't broadcasters we're just a bunch of freaks who like fights. We are the fight friends you always wanted, join us! Listen on Apple Podcasts. Informative, well researched, and above all else you can tell these guys enjoy the sports they cover. Well done all around. Apple Podcasts Preview.
Show 10 More Episodes. Customer Reviews See All. Pardon My Take. Barstool Sports. The Bill Simmons Podcast. ESPN Daily. The Ryen Russillo Podcast. The Ringer. The MeatEater Podcast.
Comedy Horror Mystery. Andrei, a detective and the world's most horrible father, brings together a terrible group of people in his apartment: his resentful actress daughter, an angry thug, and a cheated cop. IMDb Everywhere. Retrieved November 22, Police Officer Kwesi Ameyaw A recently widowed young mother will go to any lengths to protect her children as she seeks the truth behind her husband's murder.
Freaks are we. Main navigation
Trailers and Videos. Crazy Credits. Alternate Versions. Rate This. Directors: Zach Lipovsky , Adam B. Writers: Zach Lipovsky , Adam B. Added to Watchlist. From metacritic. Toronto International Film Festival Discovery. Filmes a ver. Share this Rating Title: Freaks 6. Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Learn more More Like This. All the Gods in the Sky Drama Horror Sci-Fi. Comedy Drama Thriller.
The Lodge Drama Horror Thriller. Diner Ready or Not I Comedy Horror Mystery. Vivarium Mystery Sci-Fi. Come to Daddy Comedy Horror Thriller. A man in his thirties travels to a remote cabin to reconnect with his estranged father. Extra Ordinary Comedy Fantasy Horror. I See You II Crime Drama Horror. First Love Comedy Crime Romance.
Crime Thriller. It Comes I Drama Horror Mystery. Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Emile Hirsch Dad Bruce Dern Snowcone Grace Park Agent Ray Amanda Crew Mary Lexy Kolker Chloe Ava Telek Harper Reed Michelle Harrison Nancy Reed Matty Finochio Steven Reed Aleks Paunovic Robert Kraigen RJ Fetherstonhaugh Police Officer Kwesi Ameyaw News Host Ryan Beil Leo the Cook Reese Alexander Executioner Lee Shorten Edit Storyline A bold girl discovers a bizarre, threatening, and mysterious new world beyond her front door after she escapes her father's protective and paranoid control.
Country: Canada USA. Language: English. Runtime: min. Color: Color. Edit Did You Know? Trivia A promotional poster for the film features a street sign with a one eye logo and a phone number to call to report "abnormal activity".
The number is and when called, a recorded message with a woman's voice would say, "Thank you for calling the abnormal defense hotline, provided by the Department of Homeland Security. The film opens with a sideshow barker drawing customers to visit the sideshow. A woman looks into a box to view a hidden occupant and screams. The barker explains that the horror in the box was once a beautiful and talented trapeze artist. The central story involves a conniving trapeze artist named Cleopatra who seduces and marries the sideshow dwarf Hans after learning of his large inheritance.
Cleopatra conspires with circus strongman Hercules to kill Hans and inherit his wealth. At their wedding reception, Cleopatra begins poisoning Hans' wine but drunkenly kisses Hercules in front of Hans, revealing her affair. Oblivious, the other "freaks" announce that they accept Cleopatra in spite of her being a "normal" outsider: they hold an initiation ceremony in which they pass a loving cup around the table while chanting, "We accept her, we accept her. One of us, one of us.
Gooba-gobble, gooba-gobble. She mocks them, tosses the wine in their faces and drives them away before berating Hans and drunkenly parading him around on her shoulders like a child. The humiliated Hans realizes that he has been played for a fool and rejects Cleopatra's attempts to apologize, but then he falls ill from the poison. While bedridden, Hans pretends to apologize to Cleopatra and also pretends to take the poisoned medicine that she is giving him, but he secretly plots with the other entertainers to strike back at Cleopatra and Hercules.
In the film's climax, Hans confronts Cleopatra with three of the entertainers as backup thugs. However, Hans' circus wagon is overturned in a storm, giving Cleopatra the chance to escape into the forest, closely pursued by them. At the same time Hercules goes to kill seal trainer Venus for knowing about the plot.
Venus's boyfriend, Phroso, attempts to stop Hercules but is nearly killed before the rest of them intervene and injure Hercules, saving Phroso. They all pursue an injured Hercules, who is not seen again the film's original ending had the entertainers castrating him: the audience see him later singing in falsetto .
As for Cleopatra, she has become a grotesque, squawking "human chicken. She is the opening scene's cause for alarm. In a final scene which MGM inserted later for a happier ending , Hans is living a millionaire's life in a mansion. Venus and Phroso visit, bringing Frieda, to whom Hans had been engaged before meeting Cleopatra. Hans refuses to see them, but they force their way past his servant. Frieda assures Hans that she knows he tried to stop the others from exacting revenge.
Phroso and Venus leave as Frieda comforts Hans when he starts to cry. Interspersed between segments of the main narrative is a variety of " slice of life " segments detailing the romance between Venus and Phroso, as well as the lives of the sideshow performers, including:. Browning declined, preferring to develop Freaks , a project he had started as early as Screenwriters Willis Goldbeck and Elliott Clawson were assigned to the project at Browning's request.
The script was shaped over five months. Little of the original story was retained beyond the marriage between a dwarf and an average-sized woman and their wedding feast.
Ultimately, Thalberg decided not to cast any major stars in the picture. Among the microcephalic characters who appear in the film and are referred to as "pinheads" throughout were Zip and Pip Elvira and Jenny Lee Snow and Schlitzie, a male named Simon Metz who wore a dress, mainly due to suffering from incontinence , it has been claimed, though this is disputed. Also featured were the intersex Josephine Joseph, with her left-right divided gender; Johnny Eck, the legless man; the completely limbless Prince Randian also known as The Human Torso and miscredited as "Rardion" ; Elizabeth Green the Stork Woman ; and Koo-Koo the Bird Girl, who had Virchow-Seckel syndrome or bird-headed dwarfism and is most remembered for the scene wherein she dances on the table.
Freaks began principal photography in October and was completed in December. Following disastrous test screenings in January one woman threatened to sue MGM, claiming the film had caused her to suffer a miscarriage ,  the studio cut the picture down from its original minute running time to just over an hour. Much of the sequence of the circus entertainers attacking Cleopatra as she lies under a tree was removed, as well as a sequence showing Hercules being castrated, a number of comedy sequences, and most of the film's original epilogue.
A new prologue featuring a carnival barker was added, as was the new epilogue featuring the reconciliation of the dwarf lovers. This shortened version—now only 64 minutes long—had its premiere at the Fox Criterion in Los Angeles on February 20, Browning, famed at the time for his collaborations with Lon Chaney and for directing Bela Lugosi in Dracula , had trouble finding work afterward and this effectively brought his career to an early close.
Freaks became the only MGM film ever to be pulled from release before completing its domestic engagements. A number of contemporary reviews were not only highly critical of the film, but expressed outrage and revulsion. Harrison's Reports wrote that "Any one who considers this entertainment should be placed in the pathological ward in some hospital.
Moffitt wrote, "There is no excuse for this picture. It took a weak mind to produce it and it takes a strong stomach to look at it. Variety also published a negative review, writing that the film was "sumptuously produced, admirably directed, and no cost was spared, but Metro heads failed to realize that even with a different sort of offering the story is still important.
Here the story is not sufficiently strong to get and hold the interest, partly because interest cannot easily be gained for too fantastic a romance. And only in such a case will the story appeal. Not all reviews were as harsh. The New York Times called it "excellent at times and horrible, in the strict meaning of the word, at others" as well as "a picture not to be easily forgotten.
John Mosher of The New Yorker wrote a positive review, calling it "a little gem" that "stands in a class by itself, and probably won't be forgotten in a hurry by those who see it. They may hereafter even be regarded in the flesh with a new dread bordering on respect. Its consensus reads, " "Time has been kind to this horror legend: Freaks manages to frighten, shock, and even touch viewers in ways that contemporary viewers missed. Beginning in the early s, Freaks was rediscovered as a counterculture cult film and throughout the s and s, the film was regularly shown at midnight movie screenings at several theaters in the United States.
It is a supreme oddity freak? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. Learn how and when to remove these template messages. Please expand the article to include this information.
Further details may exist on the talk page.
We Are The Freaks | Reviews | Screen
Ten or 15 years ago, at the tail-end of Uncool Britannia, we seemed to get a new one every week. We are the Freaks, from writer-director Justin Edgar, is set in the 90s and looks at first as if it is going to satirise these 90s cliches. But actually we don't get anything other than more cliches: the film is made up of secondhand ideas, characters and riffs.
Jamie Blackley plays Jack, a bloke hanging round in his hometown one summer, waiting for a grant those were the days to go to uni to study creative writing. His mad friend Chunks Sean Teale and nerdy, useless friend Parsons Mike Bailey are up for a night out, but Jack is still mooning around, thinking about pretty girl-next-door Elinor Amber Anderson who is much more cool than she looks.
Michael Smiley does his best with the role of lairy drug-dealer Killer Colin. Production standards are high enough, but, as so depressingly often with indie Britfilms, this is a script that wouldn't pass muster for any British TV series.
Topics We Are The Freaks. Comedy films reviews. Reuse this content. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Show 25 25 50 All. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Most popular.