Freakshow (film)

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Freakshow
Freak Show movie poster.jpg
Freakshow Official Movie Poster
Directed by Drew Bell
Written by Keith Leopard
Starring Rebekah Kochan
Dane Rosselli
Diego Barquinero
Distributed by The Asylum
Release dates
January 30, 2007
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Freakshow is a 2007 independent film which was made by The Asylum Studios, directed by Drew Bell. It is an unoffical remake of the Tod Browning film Freaks. According to the film poster and DVD cover art, Freakshow is banned in 43 countries, though there is no mention of which countries banned it.[citation needed]

Plot[edit]

Freakshow portrays a gang of thieves, working as security guards in a traveling carnival, who plot to steal their rich owner's fortune.

Lucy, one of the thieves, attempts to take the fortune by herself by seducing the Boss and marrying him. The youngest member of the Freakshow stumbles across a few of the gang members stealing food and she is murdered by the thieves. When the murder is discovered, the freaks plot revenge. In a variety of gruesome ways, the thieves are murdered by the freaks. Lucy attempts to escape punishment by swearing her love for the carnival Boss. The freaks "spare" her by giving her a freakshow "act" which will make her a full member of their troop. They mutilate her, cut out her tongue, sew her mouth shut, strip her flesh, and cut off her limbs small parts at a time and finally display her in the Freakshow Gallery as "The Worm Girl".

Cast[edit]

  • Christopher Adamson as The Boss (Lon)
  • Rebecca Kochan Lucy
  • Dane Rosselli as Hank
  • Mighty Mike Murga as Curtis the Dwarf
  • Jeffrey Allen as Strongman
  • Diego Barquinero as The Wolfman
  • Jimmy Goldman as The Great Riwami
  • Amy Dunton as Bobby-Bobbie
  • Amanda Ward as Cannibal Girl
  • McKenna Geu as Little Kimmie
  • John Karyus as Elephant Man
  • Stefanie Naifeh as Bearded Lady
  • Evan Block as Human Shadow
  • Etta Devine as Mongoloid
  • Ken Gardner as Clown
  • Wayne Baldwin as Narrator

Production[edit]

The film was heavily inspired by Tod Browning's 1932 horror film Freaks. Many of the film's cast were actual circus performers and disabled actors which was also inspired by Browning's film.[1]

Release[edit]

Freakshow was released on DVD Jan 30, 2007. It was later re-released on DVD by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment in May 18, 2010.[2]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception for the film has been mostly negative. Horror News.net gave the film a negative review stating, "Freakshow is not a movie I recommend, not because it is controversial, but because it is watered down and bland. That being said, I’m not against giving the writer and/or director another shot if I see their names on a different movie; we all make mistakes, and hopefully we learn from our biggest ones".[3] Eat Horror panned the film, calling the film's acting and script "awful", also criticizing the film's unsympathetic characters, and over the top gore.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Condit, Jon. "Dare You Enter the Freakshow? - Dread Central". Dread Central.com. Jon Condit. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Freakshow (2007) - Drew Bell". Allmovie.com. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  3. ^ seanofthedead. "Film Review: Freakshow (2007)". HorrorNews.net. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Freakshow". EatHorror.net. Eat Horror. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 

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