Real sideshow performers star in this grotesque revenge drama set against a circus backdrop. A trapeze artist plans to wed and then murder a midget for his fortune. When his fellow ‘freaks’ discover her scheme, she becomes the target of their horrifying vengeance.
“One of the most powerful films ever made about the need for humanity and solidarity in the face of cruelty and oppression.” – Time Out
“…a masterpiece that draws blood and convulses with orgasmic transference… It has nothing to blunt its rough edges; it goes down like wood alcohol. It is also, of course, one of the most compassionate and empathetic films ever made, unsullied even by the sub-distribution efforts of exploitation maven Dwain Esper.” – CineFile
“Director Tod Browning, one of the few truly individual directors in the U. S., is a specialist in horror.” – Time
“A perfect film, referenced frequently in films great (The Dreamers) and small (implausibly in Wolf of Wall St.) as well as by the Ramones. As important in cinema history as Citizen Kane or Battleship Potempkin, and actually a more solid film than either. Must-see for anyone who wants to be cinema-literate. Todd Browning was one of the greatest directors of the silent era, and this talkie is his greatest achievement!” – El Biffo, Mubi
“A powerful, heartbreaking and humbling film, the ultimate proof that good storytelling knows no time or space. Tod Browning signed a film like no other, a film that is (or should be) as impactful as it was in 1932.” – Filipe Coutinho. Mubi
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