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Freaks (1932) - Tod Browning

Freaks is one of the most talked about horror movies of the 1930's. Tod Browning's sideshow horror flick offended many and melded many specifics from Grindhouse/Exploitation and Mainstream Horror. Fresh off of Dracula, Browning still has that flair and streak that gets lost in many mainstream artists. It feels like he made enough money with Dracula to afford making this masterpiece. Like a pet project that he finally got to work on.

It's not the most well acted film and its certainly isn't cinema at its finest. It features actual sideshow attractions from clowns, strong men, and bearded ladies to little people, quadriplegics, and pinheads. That alone was enough to drag in audiences. The storyline behind it is nothing to shake a stick at. It has teeth all on it's own and actually shines through as the best piece of the film, the screenplay.  
The plot revolves around a lady trapeze artist who marries the leader of the circus. However, she is really sketchy. Is she fai…