A carnival barker displays a sideshow freak called the Feathered Hen and tells her story. Cleopatra, a trapeze artist with the carnival, is adored by a midget named Hans. Frieda, Hans’ fiancée (also a midget), warns Hans that Cleopatra is only interested in him so that he will give her money. Cleopatra has an affair with Hercules, and when Frieda lets it slip that Hans is to come into an inheritance, Cleopatra and Hercules plan to get the money be having Cleopatra marry Hans. During the wedding reception, Cleopatra, although openly romantic with Hercules, is accepted by the freaks, but is revolted and mocks them. The freaks decide that they no longer need Hercules in their carnival and have a new career for Cleopatra all lined up, and make sure she doesn’t “chicken” out. –IMDb
Tod Browning (12 July 1880 – 6 October 1962) was an American motion picture actor, director and screenwriter.
Browning’s career spanned the silent and talkie eras. Best-known as the director of Dracula (1931 in film), the cult classic Freaks (1932 in film), and classic silent film collaborations with Lon Chaney, Sr., Browning directed many movies in a wide range of genres.
He was born Charles Albert Browning, Jr., in Louisville, Kentucky, the second son of Charles Albert and Lydia Browning, and the nephew of baseball star Pete Browning. As a young boy, he put on amateur plays in his backyard. He was fascinated by the circus and carnival life, and at the age of 16 he ran away from his well-to-do family to become a performer.
Changing his name to “Tod”, he traveled extensively with sideshows, carnivals, and circuses. His jobs included working as a talker (barker, as the term is also known, isn’t correct) for the Wild Man of Borneo, performing a live… read more
Oito décadas depois, MONSTROS ainda choca e constrange pela frontalidade de seus corpos estranhos, aberrantes e, acima de tudo, reais. Mas o que fez esse body horror de Browning envelhecer tão bem é a empatia transmitida pelos tais monstros circenses. Ver o mundo através de seus olhos evidencia que o grotesco não se encontra em deformações físicas, mas nos desvios de caráter dos apresentáveis e comuns | Felipe Moraes
C’est probablement le film le plus réussi de Tod Browning pour bon nombre de cinéphiles. Pourtant, Freaks me laisse un goût assez amer, surtout au niveau du fond que je trouve extrêmement simpliste… read review
This movie was great!! I do wonder how the freaks turned Cleopatra into a half chicken woman. …..Apparantely they had their whole attack upon her in the original film and Herculues was castrated by… read review