Freaks Clips

Superhero movies are still all the rage, and while it’s easy for some to get frustrated with all the capes out there nowadays, there’s still some creativity to be found in the sci-fi subgenre. That’s especially true when it comes to bringing superheroes into the indie arena, just as directors and writers Adam Stein & Zach Lipovsky have done with their new movie

Freaks stars Emile Hirsch as a father trying to keep his seven-year-old daughter Chloe locked up inside their house because a group of people known as Abnormals threaten the outside world. At least that’s what she’s been led to believe. But when she actually gets a glimpse outside, everything may not be as it seems. Two new Freaks clips have been released, showing us just how much mystery there is in this intriguing new indie. Read More »

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Freaks is one of the most pleasant surprises of 2019, the kind of small movie that makes you sit up, pay attention, and wonder “Who the hell made this?” The answer to that question is the directing duo of Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein. Their film is a delirious blend of horror, science fiction, and yes, superhero movies, unfolding from the point-of-view of a young girl in hiding with her paranoid father. And from there, we slowly learn more about what’s real and what’s not, with genres bleeding together until the resulting film is hard to classify in the best possible sense.

I spoke to Lipovsky and Stein over the phone and learned about the origins of Freaks, the importance of making a film over which they had total control, and what advice they’d offer to other independent filmmakers hoping to get something made. Freaks opens in theaters on September 13, 2019.

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Freaks debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, where it was a minor sensation, and continued to accumulate awards as it made the festival rounds at the Brussels International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, and Paris International Film Festival. But before the twisty sci-fi film starring Emile Hirsch heads to theaters, it’s coming to Comic-Con. Ahead of its San Diego Comic-Con debut, watch the new Freaks trailer.

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Emile Hirsch takes “overprotective father” to the next level in Freaks, a curious sci-fi thriller that reveals very little in its first trailer. Locking his 7-year-old daughter (Lexy Kolker) in their house and boarding up the windows, Hirsch seems to be protecting her from something — but we are kept in the dark about what that is. Watch the first Freaks trailer below.

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Freaks is making its world premiere at TIFF this year, and this teaser trailer is pretty darn enticing. Definitely not to be confused with the classic Tod Browning film of the same name, this sci-fi thriller seems to be in the same vein as 10 Cloverfield Lane, but on a slightly smaller scale. Watch the Freaks trailer below.

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If you’ve been reading /Film for a while, then you know that I love good movie-inspired art. And the superbowl of movie art is Crazy4Cult, an art show put on every year by Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. This year’s show will open on July 9th, and we have seen the first batch of artwork premiere online. For years I’ve been writing about the show, and posting and buying the art online. I’m super excited because this year I’ll be able to attend the event since I now live in Los Angeles.  After the jump you will see a compilation of the artwork I have found thus far. New pieces from Eric Tan, Dave Perillo, Tom Whalen and more. We should have another preview closer to the show. Believe me, if you like movie art, hit the jump!

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Update: Variety just posted another positive review: “[The film is] riveting beyond all rationality, is something like Jackass, except that here the stunts are dangerous only to standards of good taste — which, of course, is precisely the point. …perverse beauty. …Across the board, tech credits are appalling — in a good way.”

One movie we’re surprised and stoked to see readers curious about is Trash Humpers, the new Harmony Korine “VHS-horror” flick. Part of the appeal thus far is the bizarre dubiousness resulting from only a handful of stills (like the one above) released online and then followed by a rickety, creepy teaser trailer. Rather than be snagged in another tired viral campaign for a film “found in a mad scientist’s dilapidated laboratory” or some lame Hollywood shit like that, Korine is genuinely a lil’ nuts IRL. And more so in his (word) salad days. So how far into crazy town did the director behind Gummo and the more subdued Mister Lonely go with Humpers? Early reviews from the Toronto International Film Festival seem to say: none more crazy. The title is literal. And we’re a lil’ relieved to hear the movie has a plot.

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