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Actors: Kevin Ball (II), Dave Bell (II), Kate Black, Darren N. Cates, Paul Fiedler
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
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Sarah F. (Ferdy63) from DALTON, GA
Reviewed on 12/17/2008...
Really low budget horror- a bad ripoff of the Halloween movies
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
This is NOT Leguizamo's Freak.
I. Perez | ogden, UT United States | 02/19/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Although, I did a thorough search for a dvd by john leguizamo called "The Freak", Amazons search engine lead me to this page. It even offered a commbined purchase with margaret cho/ another great stand up comic. HOWEVER. this is NOT Leguizamos Freak. So put a sigh aside and keep searching, it's bound to turn up somewhere in the near future, either in a clearance bin or on an overpriced cult list, along with "Spic-O-Rama". In any case. it's not here. John should really consider distributing these two stand up shows. Both shows are currently owned by HBO, sitting on a shelf collecting somebodies dust bunnies."
FANGORIA Magazine review (by Michael Gingold)
Brad Bondalucci | 04/30/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"(DVD REVIEW): Also set in rural America and just as largely "quiet" as SIGNS (despite the in-your-face packaging), FREAK is an indie winner that I'm sorry slipped under my radar until now. Clearly and admittedly influenced by HALLOWEEN yet possessed of its own subtle style (and shot on genuine and thus far more persuasive Midwest locations), this is the kind of modest but accomplished first feature that makes me anxious to see what writer/director Tyler Tharpe comes up with next. Shot on 16mm, the movie has been given a solid full screen transfer by E.I., with frequent but never distracting grain and naturalistic colors. A brief behind the scenes feature manages to pack in plenty of nifty details, from an uncredited Tharpe himself playing the killer, to an asylum door portal that was actually cut out of a cardboard box. This segment is a good complement to the commentary by Tharpe and several of his crew, which contains nothing too suprising or revelatory, but still contains enough intersesting stories to be a worthwhile listen."
An intelligent attempt at revitalising the horror genre...
Carl T. Ford | The United Kingdom | 02/22/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Eschewing the familiar clichés of the usual psycho-on-the-loose fare, FREAK is an intelligent attempt at revitalising the horror genre. The characters are especially well developed and credit goes to director Tyler Tharpe for eliciting excellent performances from both Paliganoff and Patton who bring emotional depth to their roles, revealing subtle clues from their past that enable us to understand why they do the things they do. The story is a little contrived in places; I find it hard to believe that all the characters cross paths at the times they do; or that a woman petrified of ferrets can find the courage to confront a masked lunatic, but hey, synchronicity does occur in real life, and I guess it's not my own step-sister... The cinematography is great and accompanied by a low-key soundtrack provided by John C. Hermes that effectively conveys the rural menace of the Midwest states, with their lonely farmsteads, barren winters, willowy woodland and beaten dirt tracks that lie miles from the major towns. This combination help build a steady, but suspenseful horror yarn without relying on gratuitous gore for a pay-off. Recently released on DVD by Shock-O-Rama, this fine effort bodes well for the director's follow-up feature FLICK 2, which is in production now."