The infamous, controversial, cult-horror classic about a band of circus freaks that exact revenge upon a beautiful aerialist and her strongman lover after enduring humiliation and exploitation. Based on Ted Robbins story "Spurs." It was meant to out-horror "Frankenstein" but was so successful that it was repeatedly banned. Browning's film may be a shocker but it is never intended to be exploitative since the "Freaks" are the only compassionate, loyal, and loving people around.
High School Clique Exam, Sort Of Meg at 2010-04-07 16:42:10
Also good Halloween viewing, and another underrated film. Shocking not just because of the examples of mutilation, but because of the political incorrectness of such portrayals (for today), and for a overall negative portrayal of human nature among the "Normals." 2007's "Freakshow" seems nothing more than a gorefest, not scary in comparison to the almost-mystical climax of this true original.