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  • Gareth Crook

Freaks (1932)

Updated: Jul 31, 2019

A dip into the sometimes murky world of cult classics this evening. Many things were different in the 1930s and this certainly feels like an awkward time capsule from a long gone era. It’s not slick cinema by any means, jump cuts are not hidden, cameras aren’t steady, but this is very much about the spectacle. The story is functional, following the characters of a travelling circus, but it is genuinely unusual and although it feels exploitative rather than entertaining, there’s something very watchable about this unnerving slice of cinema history. Definitely cult. Probably classic. Bloody weird!


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