Director: Tod Browning
Main Stars: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova
Storyline: A beautiful trapeze artist is marrying the ring leader of a circus for just the money and rest of the troop have their revenge.
Review (Spoils): Cleopatra (Olga Baclanova) takes an interest in Hans but only because she found out about his inheritance. What Hans does not know is she is actually in love with another performer and playing him. So time passes the wedding happens she gets hammered and tells the other circus sideshow freaks what she truly thinks of him and them. This is found out and the freaks together band together to take her out.
This is one of those classic films that I get a sick feeling in my stomach even thinking about re-watching. It seems wrong on so many levels and at the same time the film is creepy, dark and very gloomy. This is what makes this film a horror classic. Tod Browning took from what he learns from Dracula and Frankenstein and creates something even more disturbing. The film reminds me a bit of The Unknown but at the same time it is different. The misshaped people that are displayed on the screen are not your typical make-up and special effects but actually real. This pulls at the emotions that what is being displayed is wrong and misplaced but also at the same time you feel for these people for being displayed this way. This film is sad, gloomy and feels wrong. That’s what makes this a horror film.
Rating: Not your typical horror film at all but a film of broken hearts, mistrust, mistreatment and darkness. This is what makes this film a classic and sits in the legends of not just horror film but film in general.