ONE OF US! ONE OF US!Freaks
(1932) is a horror film about sideshow performers, directed and produced by Tod Browning and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, with a cast mostly composed of actual carnival performers. The film was based (very loosely) on Tod Robbins' short story "Spurs". Director Browning took the exceptional step of casting real people with deformities as the eponymous sideshow "freaks," rather than using costumes and makeup.
Browning had previously worked as a contortionist in a traveling circus, and much of the film was drawn from his personal experiences. In the film, the deformed "freaks" are generally kind, well-meaning people. This contrasts with two of the "normal" performers in the circus, who conspire to murder one of the freaks and steal his large inheritance.
One bit of influence the film has had: The "Gooble gobble, we accept you, one of us" chant with which the freaks welcome Cleo (not that she appreciates it) was worked into the song "Pinhead
" by The Ramones
Not to be confused with Freaks and Geeks
, despite the etymology of the word Geek
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