Directed by: Tod Browning
Starring: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova
The reason I sought out this movie was because I was trying to look up where that “one of us, one of us” chant came from that everybody always quotes. As it turns out, this was a really cool movie, so hooray for quotes!
The movie is about a group of circus performers, most of whom are “freaks” in one way or another. One of the two “normal” people in the circus decides to seduce and marry a little person performer, so she and the circus’ strongman can kill him and take his inheritance. The other freaks find out about this, and exact their own revenge on the two… by turning the woman into… “one of us”.
This is a creepy film, and it does a fantastic job of portraying the freaks (who were all actual circus freaks) as kind and lovable people who are rejected by society because of the way they look. The point is basically that they’re just like anyone else, and they exact vengeance just like anyone else would. It’s good.