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Freaked (1993)

A vain actor, his best friend, and an activist end up at a mutant freak farm run by a weirdo scientist.

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Dick Brian
Eduardo Ricard ...
George Ramirez #1
Henry Carbo ...
George Ramirez #2
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George Ramirez #3
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George Ramirez #3
Brian Brophy ...
Kevin
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Jaime Cardriche ...
Toad
Nicholas Cohn ...
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A company that produces a toxic chemical tries to improve its image via a popular spokesperson, Ricky Coogan. Ricky travels to South America to get a first-hand look at the chemical's effects and finds himself at a mutant freak farm. Elijah, who runs the farm, is only too happy to have new subjects on which to try his freak machine. The very chemical that Ricky is supposed to promote is the one responsible for creating the great variety of freaks. Written by Christine Sai-Halasz <sai@mit.edu>

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Ugliness is in the eye of the beholder. See more »

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

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Rated PG-13 for language, some sexual situations and bizarre humor | See all certifications »

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31 March 1994 (Australia)  »

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Freak Show  »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,957 (USA) (3 October 1993)

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$29,296 (USA)
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An homage to stop-motion guru Ray Harryhausen can be seen in the effects sequence that first transforms the heros of this film, when the Cyclops head from The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) briefly appears. See more »

Goofs

When Ricky leaves Skuggs' den with the very important clue, he is walking on the dolly track, which can be seen toward the end of the shot. See more »

Quotes

Ricky Coogan: Santa Flan... What kinda of shitty name for a country is that?
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Connections

References Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) See more »

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Butter Queen
Written by Butthole Surfers
Performed by Butthole Surfers
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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Best, most original comedy I've seen in ages
30 September 2004 | by (Marina del Rey, CA) – See all my reviews

It's a very punk rock sort of film, not unlike something Alex Cox would cook up. This film is essentially an environmentally-themed comedy along the lines of THE APPLEGATES, only this movie is about toxic chemicals and not deforestation (and there is a nice bit about styrofoam). But watching this film made me a bit sad as well, because I realized that Hollywood isn't going to give people the carte blanche needed to realize unique projects like this again during this age of endless remakes and sequels to films nobody liked in the first place.

The digital effects, although over 11 years old as I write this, still look great, and the make-up, especially close to the end, is very inspired, and resembles a live-action Basil Wolverton cartoon. I am eagerly anticipating the DVD, as well as watching Alex Winter's follow-up film, FEVER.


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