Freaks (encore! Off-site at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater)

“Freaks” are good-hearted and loyal, “normals” are the ones to watch out for. This is the moral of Tod Browning’s infamous 1932 circus horror progenitor Freaks, an eerily convincing and underappreciated exploitation flick. Coming right off the huge success of Dracula, Browning was given buckets of freedom with Freaks, but the world couldn’t handle looking directly at what it most feared; the picture was pulled despite heavy edits (many of the most “extreme” moments of terror were lost), and Browning’s career never fully recovered. Join us for a rare 16mm presentation of this banned classic of horror cinema! “We accept you, we accept you, one of us, one of us!”

Dir. Tod Browning, 1932, 16mm, 64 min.