Director: Byron Mabe Cast: William Bagdad, Claire Brennan, Lynn Courtney

DVD (Mono / Dolby 5.1)



This entertaining sexploitation update of Freaks from producer David Friedman and director B. Ron Elliott (using the pseudonym "Byron Mabe") has its moments for sympathetic viewers. Jade (Claire Brennen) is a diner waitress who wants success at any price, so she joins a traveling carnival despite her old boss's warning that "You're going all the way down!" Before long, Jade is married to the carnival owner (Bill McKinney of Deliverance) and having an affair with a ferris-wheel operator named Blackie (exploitation director Lee Raymond). Jade likes the money but hates the carnival freaks, so when a midget named Shortie (Felix Silla) informs McKinney of her affair with Blackie, she vows revenge. Predictably, McKinney confronts Blackie and gets stabbed to death, so Jade inherits the carnival. She fires Shortie and starts treating her former friends badly, leading the freaks to attack her one night and surgically transform her into a hideous monster. The film ends with Jade's old boss from the diner laughing at her as she is exhibited as a sideshow freak. An amusing diversion, though it is obsessed with phallic snake symbolism and isn't even a fraction as good as its 1932 model.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/09/2000
UPC: 0014381606225
Original Release: 1967
Rating: NR
Source: Image Entertainment
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 1:23:00

Special Features

Digitally mastered; Audio commentary by producer David F. Friedman; Original theatrical trailer; David F. Friedman gallery of exploitation art; Rare archival sound footage of an actual 1930s carnival sideshow; Rare newsreel footage of siamese twins, including the Hilton sisters and the Gibb sisters

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Bagdad "Pretty Boy"
Claire Brennan Jade Cochran
Lynn Courtney Pat Mullins
Madame Lee Actor
Bill McKinney Steve St. John
Bennie Moore Advance Man
Lee Raymond Blackie Fleming
Felix Silla Shortie
Claude Smith Greasy

Technical Credits
Byron Mabe Director,Editor
Billy Allen Score Composer
William Allen Castleman Score Composer
David F. Friedman Producer,Screenwriter
Dan Hallstrom Production Manager
R.I. Long Associate Producer
Alan L. Sonney Associate Producer
Harry Thomas Makeup
William G. Troiano Cinematographer

Scene Index

Chapter Selection
0. Chapter Selection
1. The Midway [3:01]
2. Main Title [4:29]
3. A Couple of Nobodies [6:09]
4. The Carnival Comes To Town [6:36]
5. Setting Up Shop [4:59]
6. The New Kid On The Block [6:36]
7. Break Time [5:08]
8. Va-Voom! [1:31]
9. Girl Talk [4:23]
10. The Big Brawl [4:05]
11. A Whole New Life [8:11]
12. From The Heat To The Altar [8:12]
13. The Marriage Montage [4:50]
14. Carnival Tramp [7:30]
15. Shorty Shoves Off [4:24]
16. Vengeance Is Mine [2:45]

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews