freaks

The carnival is the perfect breeding ground for fear. Strangers on the fringe of society, brought together to drift about the country bringing their acts and oddities to the 'normies' of the world. Well, it's either that romantic stuff or the fear of that toothless carnie putting your kid on the super swing. All the same, nearly everybody's afraid of SOMETHING at the carnival!

Tod Browning's "Freaks" is a film centered around the beautiful trapeze artist Cleopatra (Olga Baclanova), who schemes with her lover, Hercules (Henry Victor), to seduce and marry a circus sideshow midget, Hans (Harry Earles), in order to obtain his large inheritance. The film depicts the so-called "freaks" in a sympathetic and human manner, while showing the most cruel and monstrous sides of the "normal" characters.

This week we tackle the legend of Todd Browning's 1932 film "Freaks", and Louis Fowler stops by to take "Twilight" fans down a notch.