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Old 07-23-2011, 04:37 AM
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I had no idea the cut footage had been lost for so long its a sad loss.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:49 AM
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Extended version or not this movie is an all time classic.
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:41 AM
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Browning's original version included many more comedic scenes (including one of Prince Randian, the "Human Torso", not only lighting his cigarette, but rolling it, too), a longer climax featuring the freaks attacking Cleo and Hercules, implying castration on the latter, and an additional scene during the epilogue showing Hercules singing soprano. The only venue to ever show the uncut film was the Fox Theatre in San Diego. And most of those scenes are now considered lost, which as much of a bummer that is, it's still a great, absolutely singular film.
on the DVD you get to see Prince Randian, the "Human Torso", rolling a cigarette and lighting it, also the DVD has history of the "Freaks" in the film and what happend to them. like the "Human Torso" had a family that he toke care of, which blows my mind a bit... also a history of the making of the film "Freaks" or what they could dig up and put togather history wise. The DVD has some cool stuff with it. I do have to say tho the "Human Torso" blows my mind, the guy had a family with a lot of kids that he toke care of...
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Old 02-22-2014, 02:53 AM
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Easily my favorite Tod Browning film (which is no small feat given his body of work).

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on the DVD you get to see Prince Randian, the "Human Torso", rolling a cigarette and lighting it, also the DVD has history of the "Freaks" in the film and what happend to them. like the "Human Torso" had a family that he toke care of, which blows my mind a bit... also a history of the making of the film "Freaks" or what they could dig up and put togather history wise. The DVD has some cool stuff with it. I do have to say tho the "Human Torso" blows my mind, the guy had a family with a lot of kids that he toke care of...
Watching The Living Torso fetch the match from the box and light that cigarette solely with his mouth is to this day one of the most inspiring things I have ever seen.

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I believe that 'Island of Lost Souls' made a year later also uses microcephalic men or 'pin heads' cast as the animal-men.
Was this influenced by Freaks? Or was there something about the early 30s and using people with deformities on film?
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Old 07-15-2015, 09:35 AM
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A great Tod Browning film. I have a copy and I just love it.
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Old 09-24-2015, 04:43 PM
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I've always been bothered by this film being classified as horror. There's nothing horror involved with it at all. It's a romance film. The only thing I can think of as to why it's classified as horror is that people of the time period considered the "freaks" to be horror.
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Old 09-24-2015, 05:24 PM
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I've always been bothered by this film being classified as horror. There's nothing horror involved with it at all. It's a romance film. The only thing I can think of as to why it's classified as horror is that people of the time period considered the "freaks" to be horror.
Like many horror films its not strictly horror. As many love stories are horror movies. The darkness of how the 'freaks' were treated is coupled without how strange they appear to us. Its not a monster/killer after teens at night, or traveling to hell, etc. Its beautiful people we don't often see as beautiful. For me horror does not exclude dark, stark reality.
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Old 10-01-2015, 02:11 AM
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i've never being comfortable with this film. Its something about the personal exploitative nature of the film that just sits uncomfortably with me. I do actually love exploitation movies, however its the genre being exploited that i like, rather than individuals
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Old 10-14-2015, 01:30 AM
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Yeah I actually watched it the other night with my pristine copy of London at Midnight.

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