Freaks

Movie • 1932 • Drama  

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A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.
This movie contains 19 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
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Is there bestiality?
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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Are rabbits harmed?
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Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
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Are there anti-abortion themes?
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Is autism misrepresented?
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Is there on-screen pooping?
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Are there sudden loud noises?
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Is someone eaten?
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Abandonment
Is a child abandoned by a parent?
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Is an animal abandoned?
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Abuse
Are there abusive parents?
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Is someone stalked?
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glitterpop95
Cleo stalks Hans.
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glitterpop95
Cleo tries to kill Hans.
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Hans is gaslit in his relationship with Cleo.
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Is a child abused?
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Addiction
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Smoking and drinking.
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glitterpop95
Cleo gets very drunk in one scene.
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
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Does a horse die?
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Does an animal die?
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Are animals abused?
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127saturn
a seal is seen being put into a cage
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Is there a dead animal?
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Is an animal sad?
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Does a cat die?
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Does a pet die?
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Does a dragon die?
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Are there spiders?
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Are there snakes?
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Are there bugs?
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Assault
Is there pedophilia?
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Is rape mentioned?
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Is someone restrained?
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Is someone sexually assaulted?
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Bodily Harm
Is there shaving/cutting?
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Does someone struggle to breathe?
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Is there cannibalism?
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Is someone crushed to death?
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WesAndersonRocksMySocks
During a fight, a character is slammed into a stove and burned
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Is someone buried alive?
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Is there body horror?
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Is there amputation?
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glitterpop95
Cleo’s legs are cut off offscreen.
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Does a head get squashed?
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Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
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Is there a hanging?
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Does someone asphyxiate?
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Are any teeth damaged?
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venus.theplanet_
spoiler: when hans is poisoned, he pass out for a moment.
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Does someone break a bone?
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Does someone have a seizure?
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glitterpop95
Hercules is castrated in the original version.
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Is there finger/toe mutilation?
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Is someone tortured?
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WesAndersonRocksMySocks
As punishment for trying to kill Hans, Cleopatra is mutilated so severely that she becomes a “freak” herself, forced to live out the rest of her days as a horrifying sideshow attraction. It’s very disturbing, even though she’s the villain
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Does someone fall down stairs?
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Does someone fall to their death?
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Anonymous
Cleo’s eye is gouged out.
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Is there excessive gore?
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Children
Is an infant abducted?
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Does a kid die?
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Is a minor sexualized?
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Death
Does someone sacrifice themselves?
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
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Drugs/Alcohol
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Family
Is someone kidnapped?
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Does a parent die?
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Does someone cheat?
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glitterpop95
Hans cheats on Freida.
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Is a child's toy destroyed?
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Fear
Are there jumpscares?
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Is someone possessed?
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Are there ghosts?
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Are there clowns?
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WesAndersonRocksMySocks
The clown is the good guy
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Is trypophobic content shown?
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Are there razors?
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Is there a shower scene?
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Are there mannequins?
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Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
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Does someone vomit?
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Does someone spit?
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A character spits near the beginning of the movie
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Is there audio gore?
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Large-scale Violence
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petezaparti
In a movie released in 1932? What do you think?
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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
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LGBTQ+
Are there transphobic slurs?
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Is there bisexual cheating?
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Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
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Are needles/syringes used?
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Is there a mental institution scene?
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Is there a hospital scene?
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Does someone have cancer?
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Mental Health
Does someone suffer from PTSD?
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Does someone self harm?
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Is a mentally ill person violent?
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Is there misophonia?
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Paci
The antagonists often mock and shame the other characters' deformities, but overall this movie encourages body positivity thowards people with special habilities and physical deformities.
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Are there anxiety attacks?
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Is there a claustrophobic scene?
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Does someone have an eating disorder?
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Is there autism specific abuse?
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Noxious
Does a baby cry?
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Is there shakey cam?
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Is there obscene language/gestures?
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glitterpop95
There is a lightning storm but nothing bothersome.
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Paranoia
Is the fourth wall broken?
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Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
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Is there childbirth?
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bethdotjpg
It's mentioned that the bearded lady gives birth offscreen and characters go to visit her post-birth, but the process of childbirth itself is not shown. Thought it was worth mentioning in case that could be upsetting for anyone.
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Are there abortions?
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127saturn
someone is said to have given birth, but the baby is not shown to the audience
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Does someone miscarry?
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Does a pregnant person die?
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
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WesAndersonRocksMySocks
One of the “freaks” in the movie is a “half man half woman.” Jokes are repeatedly made about what to refer to this person or if they are two people, and the two sides are referred to as “he” and “she” respectively.
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Does the black guy die first?
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Are there homophobic slurs?
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glitterpop95
Josephine Joseph wears a tuxedo-dress costume, but she is indeed a woman.
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Is there hate speech?
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WesAndersonRocksMySocks
Lots of disparaging remarks about the “freaks,” such as a man calling them “monsters” due to their disabilities.
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Anonymous
The word “midget” is used.
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Does an LGBT person die?
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WesAndersonRocksMySocks
The entire movie revolves around the hatred and prejudice against people with disabilities, who are called “freaks” even by the “good guys,” as well as how their only hope at a steady job is to be gawked at in a circus sideshow. While the film sensationalizes the “freaks” and clearly shows off them and their talents (swallowing swords, lighting a cigarette without hands or feet) in the same manner a circus would, the point is that the behavior of the “normal people” Cleopatra and Hercules is far more sinister than anything the “freaks” would normally do. In the end, there is a somewhat muddled anti-ableism message
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Relationships
Is there a large age gap?
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Sex
Is there sexual content?
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Is someone sexually objectified?
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Are there nude scenes?
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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Anonymous
Not on screen, but the actors playing Hans and Frieda were siblings in real life and thus their romance scenes had to be toned down significantly.
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Sexism
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Sickness
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Does someone have a chronic illness?
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Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
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Social
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Spoiler
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WesAndersonRocksMySocks
Good triumphs over evil, and the movie ends with one happy couple and one couple reconciling after almost being torn apart. However, the path to this happy ending was extremely violent and gruesome
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
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WesAndersonRocksMySocks
But a horse-drawn carriage does
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Does a car honk or tires screech?
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Does a plane crash?
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Is someone hit by a car?
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Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
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Is there blood/gore?
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glitterpop95
Minimal.
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Does someone drown?
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You see a gun in a threatening light but it is not used on screen
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