The Freakmaker

The Freakmaker

Directed by Jack Cardiff

A mad scientist crosses plants with people, and the results wind up in a sideshow.

A mad scientist crosses plants with people, and the results wind up in a sideshow.

Cast: Donald Pleasence, Tom Baker, Brad Harris

Member Reviews

It was ok but I don`t think it would win any awards.

1948
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1 week ago

A bizarre cross between Frankenstein and Freaks starring Donald Pleasence as a mad scientist and Tom Baker as his gigantic deformed henchman ??? With an amusement park as a prime setting??? Populated with real sideshow performers??? And an absolutely bonkers score??? Is this real? How could this go wrong? A scientist tries to cross humans with plants. Did I read that right? And his FAILURES go to the sideshow!!!??? Absolutely loved this B-Grade schlock! Totally amazing and campy as hell. First time watch #48 for Halloween 2022

Crypt.aesia
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1 month ago

Schlocky mix of Frankenstein and Freaks.

ruiner314
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1 month ago

Quality old skool nonsense with Tom Baker era Dr Who monsters.... and Tom Baker, wow!

McDagger
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1 month ago

I was worried this exploitation movie was going be Taboo for the time period, but even to a somewhat desensitized fan like myself, I found it quite profound. To start Donald Pleasence is great as the nuanced mad scientist with a metamorphosing accent. The ensemble cast is lovable and 3 dimensional, I loved the dynamic. The secondary antagonist isn't just the lead henchmen, which is great. The practical effects, MY GOD, they're amazing and disturbing. On the downside the dialogue is a bit numb and heavy handed, and there's a lot of unnecessary direction, and the ending wasn't particularly great, but otherwise it's a pleasant entry in the exploitation genre.

RipperJack
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1 month ago