Freaks (2018) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Zach Lipovsky, Adam B. Stein
Starring: Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern, Grace Park
RATED: R/REGION A/2:39/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 2
AVAILABLE FROM Well Go USA
Kept locked inside the house by her father, 7-year-old Chloe lives in fear and fascination of the outside world. It’s a place where Abnormals are a constant threat — or so she believes. But when a mysterious stranger offers her a glimpse of what’s really happening, Chloe soon learns that the truth isn’t so simple — but the danger is very real.
This was one I wasn’t sure what to expect heading into it but the results are not only solid but full of creative direction that you don’t see all the time. The story’s building of tension and the whole part of trying to figure out just what all is going on is what keeps you tuned into this one. When that other foot drops and you head off into the effects of those answers you can then say that this one puts things into a whole other gear. It’s the right mix of thriller, horror, and science fiction with Freaks. And you just never can be too sure of just what will happen next when all is said and done in this one.
A lot of what makes it work is the cast. Emile Hirsch and Bruce Dern do a great job in their roles and they advance things right on along with good tension and wonder behind it. But you can’t go and write a review about this one without mentioning Lexy Kolker who plays Chloe. She does a great job here and really seems to be the final thing this one needed to make you want to praise just a bit in the review. Freaks is something different. You get like a darker X-Men vibe from it at times, but it works for what it needs to work for.
– Director’s Commentary
– Behind the Scenes
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 96%