Cult Film, TV, Geek Art
From the June 1993 Issue of Film Threat
Freaked (originally titled Hideous Mutant Freekz) is a 1993 American comedy film, directed by Tom Stern and Alex Winter, and written by Stern, Winter and Tim Burns. All three were involved in the short-lived MTV sketch comedy show “The Idiot Box”, and Freaked retains the same brand of surrealistic and absurdist humor as seen in the show.
Originally conceived as a low-budget horror film featuring the band Butthole Surfers, Freaked went through a number of rewrites, eventually developing into a black comedy set within a sideshow, which was picked up by 20th Century Fox for a feature film. After several poor test screenings and a change in studio executives who then found the film too “weird”, the movie was pulled from a wide distribution and only played on a handful of screens in the United States.
Freaked is a personal favorite of mine. We get Bill & Ted, Mr. T, Bobcat Goldthwait, and John Hawkes as sideshow freaks along with music from Butthole Surfers? What more could you ask for?
Plus, William Sadler who played the Grim Reaper in Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey is in this making it kind of a Bogus Journey reunion.
Alex Winter as Ricky Coogin
Randy Quaid as Elijah C. Skuggs
Mr. T as The Bearded Lady
Bobcat Goldthwait as Sockhead
Keanu Reeves as Ortiz the Dog Boy
John Hawkes as Cowboy
William Sadler as Dick Brian
Brooke Shields as Skye Daley
Morgan Fairchild as Stewardess
Gibby Haynes (lead singer of Butthole Surfers) as Cheese Wart
Sam Raimi as “Crooked Cop”
Larry “Bud” Melman as The President of the United States