Those Wacky Carny Freak Shows!
Sir Jub-Jub | Sir Jub-Jub's Lair, Alaska | 10/05/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
""Freakshow" is an extremely low budget film that I believe was actually shot on video. It is set in the style of the old Amicus Studios anthology horror shows like "Tales From the Crypt" in that it presents four short films with a wraparound story. The main issue then is if each individual story is any good. Sadly, "Freakshow" is very uneven in this regard. The majority of the stories are unlikely to provide any scares or shocks and the acting is what could be expected from a film with no budget. I did enjoy parts of the film as the subjects dealt with are truly disturbing and some of the "gore" effects are good. The main problem with "Freakshow" is that it offers nothing that we have not seen countless other times and it presents what it has with no flair or imagination. It was nice to see Gunnar Hansen from TCM fame in the film but his role is small and demonstrates why Leatherface had no speaking lines. The DVD is very pedestrian in its presentation, looking as if it is a direct master from a VHS copy. The extras are not worth mentioning unless one considers "DVD Credits" and "Chapter Stops" as bonus features. That said, if you can find this DVD for under ... dollars, as I did, buy it as a second feature for your DVD horror night."
Good Fun Movie - Great Carny Feel
Ses | Boston, MA USA | 07/29/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While some of the sequences in this film are lacking in production values, it's great to see a horror film based on the carny lot. As being an ex-worker of a sideshow myself, the things Gunnar Hansen says in the film are very true to form. It's a fun story and a decent flick. I personally LOVE the low budget horror films and this one rates very high in my book! Give it a try. You won't be dissapointed."