Thursday, February 23, 2012

TOP 300 MOVIES OF ALL TIME: #223: FREAKS (1932)

There is a temptation to exclude "Freaks" from a list of great films precisely because it is a cult classic. It's a real horror movie in a comic book telling of horror and it's so unusual by Hollywood standards. Director Tod Browning was great at these kind of films which included the definitive "Dracula" with Bela Lugosi. It is a stirring tale of revenge that is much better than often credited.

This is a partial plot summary from IMDB:
In a side-show circus, where the greatest attractions are deformed people, the gorgeous trapeze artist Cleopatra is the lover of the strong Hercules. She plays as if she liked the German midget Hans, who is in love with her, to borrow his money and get expensive gifts he gives to her. When the jealous German midget Frieda, who loves Hans, asks Cleopatra to spare Hans from a great deception, she accidentally discloses that he is an heir of a great fortune. Cleo decides to get married with Hans to poison him and get his inheritance

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