Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Freaked (USA, 1993) - Color, Director(s): Tom Stern & Alex Winter
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Approx. 86 min.
Z-rating: 4 out of 5 stars
B-factor: 5 out of 5 stars
Whoa.... are you ready for one of the most tripped-out, freaky, insane, and hilariously weird movies you've ever seen? Freaked is a super trippy, special-effects driven comedy with an environmentally conscious message. One part slapstick comedy, one part "freaky" special effects.... TOTALLY awesome. A big corporation is looking to update their image with an endorsement by Ricky Coogan (Alex Winter). A former child star dubbed "America's sweetheart", Coogan agrees to endorse a dangerous chemical compound by the name of Zygrot 24. On the plane to South America, we are introduced to an annoying little buck-toothed troll by the name of Stuey Gluck. (Ricky Coogan's #1 fan, apparently) After getting rid of him, they land in South America where a group of environmentalists are gathered around to protest Zygrot 24 and Coogan's involvement with the dangerous chemical. In a feeble attempt to hook up with one of the cute picketers (Megan Ward), Coogan and his buddy, Eddie, convince her that they're sympathizers for the cause. She catches on to who they are before long and are now stuck with them in the car as they drive by a freak show. Drawn by the promise of a variety of human freaks (or "freekz") the group makes a stop at the local tourist trap, Freek Land. They're invited in by the owner who promises to show them around but end up taking them captive and using them for his horrible experiments. You see, he also happens to be a mad scientist who has been using a machine powered by Zygrot 24 to turn people into Hideous Mutant Freekz. By rubbing some of the radioactive goo on Coogan's pal Eddie and the girl they picked up, we see the first freak-transformation scene in the movie. This is one of my favorite parts because it totally goes claymation as the two bodies merge together and become one. (Sorta looks like something out of the game ClayFighter. The best part was the cyclops head popping out as a reference to Legendary stop-motion animator, Ray Harryhausen!!!)
We're also introduced to the rest of the freaks, consisting of a Human Worm, a Bearded Lady (Mr. T), a Dog-boy (an uncredited Keanu Reeves), a guy with a giant nose, a Cow-boy, and a guy who has a sock-puppet for a head. (There are more, just don't know off the top of my head) Following a failed escape attempt, Beast Boy (Coogan) stumbles upon an important clue to where the mad doc might be getting his supply of Zygrot 24. These freaks must put their heads together and figure a way out. Along the way to taking down the Doc's crazy freak makin' machine, they encounter a pair of Rastafari Eyeball Security Guards and a Toad-Man who serves as a right hand man. This movie is beyond strange but the special effects are spectacular!!!! Fans of bizarre films filled with a particular brand of tasteless humor found in such films as The Toxic Avenger and Street Trash will enjoy this obscenely grotesque comedy.
Gore: Guy's head gets "popped" off and violently thrown onto the ground, where it splatters. Nothing else comes to mind.....
Awesome: to the MAX!!!!!!!!! This trippy ass film is one of most underrated and overlooked comedies of all time!!! I absolutely loved the feel of this movie. Slapstick feel to some of the characters, awesome special effects, crude humor... basically, an all around good time. Great movie to entertain with, throw this one up at your next house party or when your stoner buddies come over.