Mon 5 March 6:15pm
Director: Tod Browning
Cast: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova
This screening includes a post-film talk from Johnny Mains.
The story of a travelling circus of freaks who exact a terrible revenge on a beautiful trapeze artist and her strong-man lover after one of their number is nearly murdered for his fortune, Freaks was disowned by MGM and banned in Britain until the 1960s. A deliciously dark and macabre affair, it has since come to be rightly recognised as horror maestro Tod Browning’s masterpiece and a classic of the genre.
Johnny Mains is a British Fantasy award-winning editor, author and film historian. He has edited The Sorcerers: The Original Screenplay, created the critically acclaimed Dead Funny series. Mains’ latest book, A Suggestion of Ghosts: Supernatural Fiction by Female Authors 1850 – 1900 sold out its initial hardback run and will be available in paperback in May 2018. He is currently 200,000 words into writing a biography of the film Freaks.