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Freaked
Freaked
Actors: Brian Brophy, Henry Carbo, Jaime Cardriche, Nicholas Cohn, Morgan Fairchild
Director: Alex Winter
Genres: Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy
PG-13     2005     1hr 20min

A company that produces a toxic chemical tries to improve its image via 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 f...  more »

     

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Actors: Brian Brophy, Henry Carbo, Jaime Cardriche, Nicholas Cohn, Morgan Fairchild
Director: Alex Winter
Genres: Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 07/12/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 20min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 13
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Freaked! Finally on DVD!!!
William H. Moss | Cincinnati, OH | 05/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Anchor Bay Entertainment just gave Fangoria Magazine the exclusive scoop on the final details of its FREAKED two-DVD special edition (now set to street July 12), along with the dual-layer cover art. Alex Winter and Tom Stern's outrageous monster comedy will be presented in 1.85:1, 16x9-enhanced widescreen (Fango got an advance peek at the transfer, which looks great), with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio. The first disc will contain the following extras:

* Audio commentary by Winter and Stern
* A conversation with co-writer Tim Burns
* Deleted scenes
* Hijinx in Freekland, a collection of behind-the-scenes footage
* FREAKED art gallery
* Theatrical trailer
* DVD-ROM original screenplay

The second disc will include:
* FREAKED: The Reehersel Version, a full-length cast rehearsal of the film, including Keanu Reeves sans Dog Boy makeup, with scenes and dialogue that never made it into the final film
* There Are No Weirdos Here, early script readings of selected scenes, featuring actors Winter, Megan Ward, Michael Stoyanov, Derek McGrath, Lee Arenberg and John Hawkes
* It's the Troll, terrifying footage of young actor Alex Zuckerman developing the character of Stuey Gluck
* Under Construkshen, behind-the-scenes video showing the creation of the Freek Land set
* Behold...The Beast Boy, footage of Winter's makeup transformation into a hideous mutant freek
* Two short films by Winter and Stern, SQUEAL OF DEATH and THE NYU SIGHT AND SOUND PROJECT

The set will also come with a "freekish" booklet containing liner notes and photos.

This is going to be AWESOME!!! I've been waiting years for this to be released on DVD. Pre-order NOW!
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20TH CENTURY FOX DROPPED THE BALL...
B. Alban | Irvine, CA United States | 05/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In 1993, there was a changing of the guard at 20th Century Fox and one of the film casualties was a little gem called "Freaked" (aka "Hideous Mutant Freekz"). I recall the film being released in one theater in L.A. (the Laemmle Sunset 5 in West Hollywood) and it lasted maybe a week. Entertainment Weekly voted it one of the 10 best videos to be released that year. Thanks to HBO, it has become a minor cult-classic and deservedly so.

If you haven't heard the plot, here goes... Ricky Coogin (Alex Winter), a former child star of the TV series "Baker's Dozen" and the film "Ghost Dude", has been tapped to be a spokesman for EES (Everything Except Shoes) to promote an experimental fertilizer called Zygrot-24, which has been banned in the U.S. and Europe. Coogin and his sexist buddy Ernie (Michael Stoyanov, "Blossom") travel to Santa Flan (named for the patron saint of creamy desserts), where they meet up with feminist protester Julie (the very lovely Megan Ward, "Encino Man"). The three stumble across Freek World, run by Elijah C. Skuggs (played to perfection by Randy Quaid). Skuggs, as it turns out, is a mad scientist who has been using Zygrot-24 to create freaks for his sideshow (played by Keanu Reeves, Mr. T and Bob Goldthwait, to name a few).

I don't want to give too much away. This is one of those films that you'll either love or hate. I will say that there are constant sight gags, so many that required viewing is almost required to catch them all.

It has always been my wish that this film would one day be discovered. Here's hoping that Anchor Bay promotes the hell out of it."
Come One Come All For a FREAKING Good Time!!!
Danny Ostrow | 07/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I, and a lot of other comedy fans, have been waiting a very long time for this AMAZINGLY FUNNY film to make its way to DVD. I have watched my VHS copy of this film so many times, that I am nervous every time I pop it in because I fear it will snap! Yes, I like this film that much.

Freaked is a gem of an film that most people don't know about. If you are a fan of films like Blazing Saddles, Airplane, Shakes The Clown, Spaceballs, than you are going to love Freaked. It's absolutely hilarious. Made in 1993, the film wasn't a huge success in the theaters, because it was simply too odd for a studio to know how to market. But Freaked really found its legs on video. Of course it did! From the team who brought us Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures, Freaked is a smart combination of a creature feature and a slapstick comedy.

The costumes and creature design for Freaked are unparalleled. With characters like Dog Boy (Keanu Reeves), and The Giant Nose, Toad, Sockhead (Bobcat Goldthwait) and Mr. T in drag as The Bearded Lady, the film is a visual delight. The opening sequence is one of my favorite of all times. A wild melting mayhem of stop motion photography, the title sequence pounds away to a driving Henry Rollins theme song that sets the tone of the film off just right.

I can not recommend this film enough. It's fun, entertaining and will leave make you a fan like me. Sit back... relax... and enjoy the FREAKshow..."
Those who ignore this film will stand knee deep in the blood
Michael L. White | Westland, MI United States | 06/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Despite being one of the most overlooked and underpromoted films upon its release in 1993, most of the cult following for FREAKED never saw the film until much later. This hysterical debut feature from Tom Stern and Alex Winter began life with plenty of promise: a funny script, two talented up-and-coming comedy directors, a great ensemble cast, plenty of shock value, and even cross-promotion merchandising (HIDEOUS MUTANT FREEKZ action figures made their way to stores before the film's title was changed, and are now considered valuable collectors items). However, the film was shuffled into obscurity thanks to a change in the corporate leadership of Twentieth Century Fox. FREAKED had only a limited theatrical release and little fanfare when it finally hit home video.

FREAKED is the tale of one-time child actor (and full time jerk), Ricky Coogan (Winter) who makes a Faustian deal with the EES (Everything Except Shoes) Corporation to promote a dangerous chemical fertilizer, Zygrot 23, in the South American country of Santa Flan. Joined by his horn dog buddy Ernie (Michael Stoyanov) and perky environmentalist Julie (Megan Ward), the trio happen upon a freak show only to become part of the act thanks to the handiwork of evil Elijah C. Skuggs (Randy Quaid), a crazed ringmaster who creates new freaks using--what else--Zygrot 23.

And that's just the first act of the film! If you're at all familiar with Winter and Stern's earlier short films (SQUEAL OF DEATH), then you may have an inkling as to what a treat FREAKED is. The humor is extremely twisted and the sight gags and jokes just keep coming. Once transformed into freaks, Ricky, Ernie, and Julie befriend a cast of characters that include psychic trolls, Rastafarian eyeballs with legs, down-trodden wrenches, a giant worm, a woman played by Mr. T (playing himself, only female), and Bobcat Goldthwaite playing a freak with the body of a man but the head of a sock-pocket. The freaks must band together to escape from Skuggs and stop the spread of Zygrot 23 before the world is overrun by more freaks. The movie boasts cameos from Keanu Reeves, Brooke Shields, Morgan Fairchild, Butthole Surfers frontman Gibby Haines, and Calvert DeForest (AKA Larry "Bud" Melman).

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