Director Alex Winter, Tom Stern
Year 1993
Starring Alex Winter, Randy Quaid, Mr. T. Bobcat Goldthwait, William Sadler, Brooke Shields
Rating PG-13
Run Time 80min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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Butt ugly. But funny.

The manic writing-directing comedy team of Tom Stern (MTV's The Idiot Box) and Alex Winter (Bill and Ted) make their feature debut with 1993s FREAKED. How do you explain FREAKED to the uninitiated?

Ricky Coogan (Winter) is a brat-pack sleazebag who gets hired by a conglomerate to travel to South America to clean up the company’s image and endorse a product known to destroy lives. There, Coogan gets sidetracked to a Freak Show run by Elijah C. Skuggs (the phenomenally insane Randy Quaid) who has been using this toxic waste to create FREAKS.

He turned Mr. T into a bearded lady, Keanu Reeves into a dog boy and Bobcat Goldthwait into a sock, and when he gets a hold of Ricky Coogan he turns him into his crowned jewel of FREAKS.

This slapstick black comedy is a virtual car crash of anarchic, mind-blowing weirdness and pop culture references with a horror/sci-fi sideshow backdrop. It's a mutated freak of pure excellence straight out of the '90s with totally radical practical effects, stop-motion sequences and a whole lot of Butthole Surfers. It's like reading a Mad Magazine from the '90s in a Monty Python voice really fast while blood spurts out of your face.

Deemed too weird by the studio, the film was dumped by the wayside and left for dead until one day a photo of Mr. T in a dress made it onto our Drafthouse tumblr and Alex Winter saw it and asked if we were showing it. We weren't at the time…BUT NOW WE ARE, and Ricky Coogan himself, Mr. Alex Winter, is coming out to give you a “Hi there and how are you?” during a post-show Q&A. PREPARE TO GET FREAKED! (Greg MacLennan)

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