Available now on DVD
from Warner Home Video
|"Freaks” (available on Warner Home Video) is highly relevant in Ramones culture having served as the inspiration for their classic song "Pinhead" (on the sophomore album 'Leave Home"). The wedding cup scene in the film spawned the lyric "Gabba Gabba we accept you, one of us" (originally "Gooble Gobble" in the film) and the mutated Ramones tag line "Gabba Gabba Hey" was born!
This classic from horror master Tod Browning (director of Universal’s Dracula starring Bela Lugosi) was initially released in 1932, ridiculed, deemed grotesque and subsequently banned in England for more than 30 years because of its controversial casting of real life human oddities and sideshow Freaks as actors. In the 1960s Freaks developed a huge cult following at midnight shows. Even today, (like the Ramones) it retains the power to transfix audiences all over the world. Freaks features the "living torso" Prince Radian who despite having no arms and legs rolls his own cigarette (and lights it!), conjoined Siamese twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, half-bodied Johnny Eck, “pinheads” Schlitze & the Snow Twins, Cuckoo the Bird Lady and many more. The plot involves the “beautiful” but cold-hearted high-wire artist Cleo who marries Hans, a wealthy circus performer (played by little person Harry Earles). Cleo mocks Hans and his family of circus oddities, scheming with her bodybuilder lover to poison her husband in order to inherit his wealth. The group of "freaks" seeks revenge and get even with the unscrupulous high-wire artist who proclaims they are “dirty, slimy FREAKS!”…
"Freaks" was one of Johnny Ramone's favorite films, listed at #9 in his top 10 horror favs of all time (book-ended by Hitchock's "Psycho" at #10 and the original Wolfman at #8).