Freaked

Freaked

5.0 1
Director: Tom Stern

Cast: Megan Ward, Michael Stoyanov

     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

The manic writing-directing comedy team of Tom Stern and Alex Winter (the latter of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey) followed up their deranged short-film collaborations and the short-lived MTV series The Idiot Box with this comic fantasy, which amounts to a virtual car crash of anarchic, mind-blowing weirdness. TheSee more details below

Overview

The manic writing-directing comedy team of Tom Stern and Alex Winter (the latter of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey) followed up their deranged short-film collaborations and the short-lived MTV series The Idiot Box with this comic fantasy, which amounts to a virtual car crash of anarchic, mind-blowing weirdness. The brain-damaged plot follows self-centered sitcom actor Ricky Coogin (Winter), official spokesman for the E.E.S. (Everything Except Shoes) corporation, into the jungle-bound South American nation of Santa Flan. Coogin has been sent as an emissary on behalf of E.E.S. to placate the media uproar over a substance called Zygrot-27, a chief ingredient in many E.E.S. products which has been decried as a fatal environmental toxin. Accompanied by his friend Ernie (Michael Stoyanov) and environmental activist Julie (Megan Ward), Ricky takes a detour into the jungle to a bizarre amusement park overseen by bombastic barker/inventor Elijah C. Skuggs (Randy Quaid), who specializes in the display of "Hideous Mutant Freekz" (the film's original title). The trio soon discover that Skuggs manufactures his oddities himself, and they find themselves at the mercy of his hideous freakmaking factory -- which coincidentally uses Zygrot-27 as a catalyst. Once he has the hapless heroes strapped down, Skuggs reveals his intention to transform Coogin into an evil mega-freak who will destroy all the others in a slam-bang, standing-room-only closing event. Miffed at the notion of sustaining an acting career as a spine-covered, pus-gushing monster, Coogin joins a rebellion within Skuggs' captive stable of other man-made freaks -- whose ranks include such monstrosities as effete human worm; a bearded lady (Mr. T in a frilly dress); a man with a sock-puppet for a head (voiced by Bob Goldthwait); and Ortiz the Dog-Boy (an uncredited Keanu Reeves). Their plans to turn Ricky into a zygrot-powered superhero go astray, however, leading to a hilariously apocalyptic finale. Doomed to home-video status by lethargic distribution from Twentieth-Century Fox, this unappreciated gem deserves a second look; packed with hilarious visual gags, ultra-gross setpieces and body-function jokes, Freaked is a hallucinogenic funhouse of a movie.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
A colorful, kinetic, and crazed concoction of surreal imagery and absurdist humor, Alex Winter and Tom Stern's demented masterpiece gleefully resigns itself to chaos from the opening credits, never looking back to take pause and lunging forward into oblivion with reckless abandon. Originally intended as a motion picture vehicle for equally absurd rockers the Butthole Surfers (singer Gibby Haynes can be spotted during the tent riot), and later attempted to be neutered by the studios (action figures were actually produced and sold), Freaked somehow managed to survive studio mangling to become one of the most outrageous - though least known - comedies of the 1990s. Unfortunately for Stern and Winter, confused distributors simply had no idea how to market the film and simply released it on a city to city basis for the moviegoing public to ignore. Thankfully the film found new life on video and cable, eventually gaining a loyal following thanks to devoted fans who just couldn't get enough of Stern and Winter's chaotic brand of humor as displayed in their short-lived MTV series, The Idiot Box. Randy Quaid is at his campy best as sleazy freak-maker Eliza C. Skuggs, Mr. T is unforgettable as the bearded lady, and Winter himself is in top form as the cocky, smarmily snide former child star turned biohazardous product-endorsing Ricky Coogan. With the jokes coming as fast as they do, some expectedly fall flat, while others, more often than not, score a direct hit. A loud and noise-infested soundtrack (courtesy of the Buttholes and Henry Rollins among others) is the perfect compliment to this laugh-laden nightmare of a comedy, constantly bursting with energy at all the right turns. Although it's a shame that the film was largely ignored during initial release, it's nice to see it finding a second life on the small screen. Keep a sharp eye out for a heavily made-up cameo by Winter's Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure cohort Keanu Reeves as Ortiz, the Dog Boy.

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
08/06/2013
UPC:
0013132612218
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:20:00
Sales rank:
6,944

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alex Winter Ricky Coogin
Megan Ward Julie
Michael Stoyanov Ernie
Randy Quaid Elijah C. Skuggs
Brooke Shields Skye Daley
T Bearded Lady
Alex Zuckerman Stuey Gluck
Derek McGrath Worm
Don Stark Editor
J.D. Silvester Biker
Tom Stern Milkman
Deep Roy George Ramirez #3
David Bowe EES Assistant
Bill Sadler Dick Brian
David Roberson FBI Guy
Lee Arenberg The Eternal Flame
Mary Gail Artz Actor
Jack Yates Security Guy
Ray Baker Bill Blazer
Joe Baker Prof. Nigel Crump
Patti Tippo Rosie the Pinhead
Tim Burns Frogman
Morgan Fairchild Stewardess
Arturo Gil Clown
Bobcat Goldthwait Sockhead as Tourist/Sockhead
Jaime Cardriche Toad
Calvert Deforest Larry "Bud" Melman
Barbara Cohen Actor
Eduardo Ricard George Ramirez #1
Brian Brophy Kevin
Keanu Reeves Ortiz the Dog Boy (uncredited)
Joseph S. Griffo N. Eye
Vincent Hammond Giant Rick Monster
Jeff Kahn Nosey
John Hawkes Cowboy

Technical Credits
Tom Stern Director,Co-producer,Screenwriter
Alex Winter Director,Co-producer,Screenwriter
Ken Arlidge Cinematographer
Kenny Bates Stunts
Clay Boss Stunts
Dan Bradley Stunts
Tim Burns Co-producer,Screenwriter
Malcolm Campbell Editor
Mike Campbell Editor
Chris Casady Animator
Tony Cecere Stunts
Stephen Chiodo Producer
Phil Chong Stunts
Malissa Daniel Costumes/Costume Designer
Catherine Hardwicke Production Designer
Julie Hewett Makeup
Eddie Hice Stunts
Kim Hix Art Director
John Huneck Camera Operator
Brian Kasch Set Decoration/Design
Kevin Kiner Score Composer
Gary Littlejohn Stunts
Larry Nicholas Stunts
Jene Omens Cinematographer
Lee Orloff Musical Direction/Supervision
Dennis Ott Stunts
Debby Porter Stunts
Karyn Rachtman Musical Direction/Supervision
Deep Roy Stunts
Jamie Thompson Cinematographer
Harry Ufland Producer
Mary Jane Ufland Producer
Mark Worthington Set Decoration/Design

Read More

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Freaked
1. Chapter 1 [9:46]
2. Chapter 2 [12:01]
3. Chapter 3 [9:35]
4. Chapter 4 [10:57]
5. Chapter 5 [9:25]
6. Chapter 6 [7:18]
7. Chapter 7 [11:07]
8. Chapter 8 [5:20]
9. Chapter 9 [4:04]
10. Chapter 10 [:00]

Read More

Videos

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >