Dir: Tod Browning
Cast: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Harry Earles, Daisy Earles, Schlitze.
64mins   1932   US   12A   English, German, French   

Introduced by Catalyst Club director David Bramwell.
Followed by a Q&A with David Bramwell and Alf Le Flohic, who has campaigned for a plaque to be erected in honour of the Hilton Sisters in Brighton for 2020.

A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of the side-show performers, but it soon becomes clear that she is only doing this to gain his inheritance, and ultimately plans to murder him.

Despite initial negative reception, including a 30-year UK ban on it's release, Freaks is now included in the United States National Film Registry, often being cited as a one of a kind horror film, with a much more touching core than critics of the time are thought to have recognised. Freaks was directed by Tod Browning, well-known for his previous film Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi.

'One of the most powerful films ever made about the need for humanity and solidarity in the face of cruelty and oppression' - Tom Huddleston, Time Out

'Browning's sympathies are clear; if there are "freaks" on display here, they are not the versatile performers to whom the title seems to allude' - Mark Kermode, The Observer


Mon 10 June