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FREAKS

  • Rating: NR
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Director: Tod Browning
  • Starring: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, and Olga Baclanova
  • Format: Digital
  • Year: 1932
  • Language: English
  • Age Policy: 18 and Up

Morricone Youth plays a special live 45-minute set before Freaks featuring original music and scores to films such as HalloweenThe Taking of Pelham 1 2 3Mothra, Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, and more!

The cruelty of “normal” people against those who are different continues to be a visual shock in Tod Browning’s influential and controversial film, Freaks.

Spurred on by MGM following the success of James Whale’s Frankenstein and Tod Browning’s Dracula, Freaks would wind up being the controversial film of the century that pushed the boundaries of horror and the avant-garde. The jarring imagery of severely disabled actors seeking revenge upon a beautiful trapeze artist whose intentions of marrying the leader of the side-show performers are horribly cruel caused Freaks to be banned for decades, only seeing a release in the 1960s. Harsh yet beautiful, the film’s social commentary on how deformities on the inside can be far more grotesque than any physical defect is still potent today.

Morricone Youth will play a live set before Freaks featuring music inspired by the midnight movie genre. Expect all things SciFi, spaghetti western, giallo, japanese monster, and gangster film. Morricone Youth is a New York City septet formed in 1999 dedicated to performing and recording old film and television soundtrack and library production music.