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Tod Browning

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About the Movie

Fictional film based on the true life experiences of circus sideshow freaks made in the 1930s. The film was edited for American distribution and banned in England for over 30 years. However, recently, it has taken on cult status for its campy plot and the real circus entertainers who appear in the film. Directed by horror film master Tod Browning.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 53
  • Fresh: 50
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 8.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer definitely has on its hands a picture that is out of the ordinary. – New York Times, Oct 14, 2014

Fresh: Director Tod Browning, one of the few truly individual directors in the U. S., is a specialist in horror. – TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: [Boasts] some of the most terrifying scenes ever consigned to film. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, Sep 28, 2015

Fresh: If the heart of the horror movie is the annihilating Other, the Other has never appeared with more vividness, teasing sympathy, and terror than in this 1932 film by Tod Browning. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Great Movie Or *Greatest* Movie?

Cornball acting and script, but at its heart this is a great story of a femme fatale and her fate. A cult classic for all the right reasons -- not to be missed! ONE OF US! ONE OF US!

There Will Never Be Another Film Like This

I was surprised to see this listed as a horror film, especially when it just looked like a circus sideshow exploitation flick from the 30s. But then I watched it. This little film truly is something to see, if only for the reason given in the title sequence: you are never going to see something like this in a feature film ever again. The acting is completely trash and the story is kind of sensational, but really that's not that big a problem given the images and and scenes that Browning leaves the viewer with. It's not the best film in the world, but is definitely worth seeing.

One of the best

This isn't so much a horror film as it is a revenge drama. The so-called 'Freaks' are more sympathetic as characters than the normal folk. This movie was unavailable for years and it finally hit DVD and now itunes! Igot another copy to watch on my iPod I love this true classic so much. Perfect for 'Halloween' viewing or any time as this is a true classic. I do wish iTunes would make their movies a little less expensive than 9.99 but, I had to break down to chant "Gooble gobble one of us!" yet again.

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Horror
  • Released: 1932

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