Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Film & Water Podcast Episode 9: Freaks


Episode 9: FREAKS

Host Rob Kelly welcomes returning guest Tim Wallace (KORD INDUSTRIES) to discuss the 1932 classic(?), Tod Browning's FREAKS! Gooble gobble, one of us!

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1 comment:

  1. What an interesting episode! As startling as the film is, I want to hear more about Tim's near-circus experience!

    After hearing about this film for years, I finally saw it on TCM about 10 years or so ago. It was a bit of a slog for me, honestly, with the sound quality and the slow parts. I wll admit the "Freaks" made me a bit uncomfortable...but I think that's kind of the point. I struggle with the exploitative angle of it, but it sounds like they came to Browning, not vice-versa.

    The ending is chilling, and very disturbing. It is the one part of the film that has stayed etched in my mind. I need to watch it again now. I'm sure it will be on TCM in the coming month!

    As for Dracula...I REALLY struggle with that one. I think you guys are's not a very good film. Compare it to Whale's Frankenstein released later the same year, which has very little of that creakiness, and none of the staginess, and can still hold an audience today. I was lucky enough to see it on the big screen in a double feature with Bride a few years ago.

    Speaking of which, Dracula and the simultaneously filmed Spanish production are coming to theaters in October through Fathom Events and TCM. The Spanish film is far superior, using the same sets and shooting script, but coming across as an actual, atmospheric horror film...not a filmed stage play. BUT, you lack the charismatic presence of Bela Lugosi. I'm probably in for a screening of these, despite Dracula's shortcomings. Bela is worth it.

    Great episode!!!