Metrodome and Hollywood Classics have announced that Tod Browning’s controversial 1932 horror Freaks is to receive a big screen re-release in the UK, with the film set to open in cinemas in June. Banned in this country by the BBFC until the 1960s, the film is set in a travelling circus and tells the story of trapeze artist Cleopatra, who is welcomed into a group of deformed carnival sideshow performers after marrying midget circus owner, Hans. However, as it becomes clear that Cleopatra is only after Hans’ money, and is conducting an affair with the strongman, the close-knit clan of ‘freaks’ plan a revenge.
“Under our relationship with certain studios, we can create DCPs for selected features that we feel will be of particular interest to a discerning audience”, Hollywood Classics tells Screen Daily. “Tod Browning’s Freaks is widely considered of great cinematic importance, reflecting the macabre historical fascination of travelling freak shows – however the feature isn’t widely available on home entertainment or TV/VOD in the UK. For that reason alone we feel the cinema-going customers deserve the opportunity to watch it again. Perhaps audiences will draw parallels with a current fascination for the numerous TV documentaries that follow those living with disabilities (eg, BodyShock, Extraordinary People, The Undateables).”
Freaks will hit cinemas on June 12th.