Tuesday, May 29, 2007


Director: Tod Browning

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The very cultish film, Freaks, is extremely disturbing, but not for the reasons you’d think so.

The film uses real “freaks” – the people in the film are NOT dressed up in prosthetics or costumes. This is exactly what they look like.

The plot concerns a circus and it’s “attractions”. Cleopatra - the quite un-deformed trapeze artist - is conning the German midget Hans, mostly because he’s in love with her. She’s only after his money – and continues to lead him on to get whatever she wants.

Another midget, Frieda, loves Hans and sees right through Cleopatra. She pleads to stop their impending marriage – but she refuses. What follows is nothing short of bizarre – the wedding feast – where the “Freaks” chant “One of us, one of us, Gooble, Gobble…”

I just have to say that the ending isn’t half as exciting as the buildup to the climax.

Verdict: *** ½ /*****


Matt Ramone said...

Pretty sure they were saying "gabba."

Least, that's the name of the Ramones song named after this movie.

Chris said...

I'm sure it's Gooble Gobble since thats what they said in a Simpsons episode which Gary Condit, O.J. Simpson, and the Ramseys meet with Butter's parents after they thought they "killed" him.