Freaked

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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 ...
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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/6/2013
  • UPC: 013132612225
  • Original Release: 1993
  • Rating:

  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: A
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Color
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:20:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 32,187

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alex Winter Ricky Coogin
Megan Ward Julie
Michael Stoyanov Ernie
Randy Quaid Elijah C. Skuggs
Brooke Shields Skye Daley
Mr. 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
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 Voice Only
Jaime Cardriche Toad
Calvert Deforest Larry "Bud" Melman
Barbara Cohen
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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Step Right Up! It's Time For The FREAKED Show!

    Let's just get this out there right away... I LOVE THIS FILM! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT! With that out ouf the way... I have been waiting a very long time for this AMAZING film to make its way to DVD. In fact, these days when I watch my VHS copy, I am stricken with light anxiety attacks, fearful that it might snap from over use! This DVD has been a long coming... FREAKED is one of those GEMS that most people haven't even heard of. It didn't make a tremendous splash when it came out, but slowly built its fan base over the past ten years. Today, it has earned itself the well deserved status of 'CULT CLASSIC' and has a loyal and downright rabid fan base-- myself included. From the team who brought us Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures, FREAKED is a smart and curious combination of a creature feature and a low brow comedy. Chalk full of slapstick and celebrity (Brook Shields, Randy Quaid, Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Bobcat Goldthwait and Mr. T), the film will appeal to fan of films like Blazing Saddles, Airplane, Shakes The Clown, Spaceballs, Shawn of the Dead and Half Baked. The costumes and creature design (by the incomparable Screaming Mad George) for FREAKED are unparalleled-- jaw dropping in fact. With characters like Dog Boy (Keanu Reeves), Sock Head (Bobcat Goldthwait) and even Mr. T in drag as The Bearded Lady. The film is a visual delight. The sets are beautiful and elaborate. FREAKED is one of my favorite films to project against my living room wall when I have a party at my house-- that and The Wizard of Oz. The opening title sequence of FREAKED is quite honestly one of my favorites of all times. I put it on a short list with films like Se7en, City of Lost Children, The Pink Panther(s)) and 007. It sets the tone for the film perfectly. Henry Rollins pounds out a driving punk theme song while globs of goo, candy, car parts, bottle caps and anything else they could get their hands on mesh and meld in stop motion madness. It's pure frenetic genius. The film follows Ricky Coogan (Alex Winter) and his friends as they stumble upon 'Freakland' run by Elijah C. Skuggs (Randy Quaid). There Elijah turns Ricky and his compatriots into mutants and the real fun begins. We are introduced to the other mutants and they immediately begin to plot their escape. But they will have to get by the big bosses watchful eyes... actually, two giant bloodshot Rastafarian eyeballs named Eye and Eye. Jah mon! I can not recommend this film enough. If you try not to take it too seriously, you will really enjoy it. It's fun, silly, entertaining and will leave you a fan like me. Pop up a bag of popcorn... sit back...and enjoy the FREAK show...

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