Trivia / Freaked

  • Directed by Cast Member: Alex Winter co-wrote and co-directed this movie.
  • Executive Meddling: Originally pitched as an independent gross-out comedy in the vein of Pink Flamingos, the studio forced the makers to deliver a PG-13 movie. The original script was a lot filthier, and many of the freaks had to be rewritten or cut out completely. For example, the 'Human Flame' was originally written as the 'Human Bong'.
    • Also, they made the filmmakers change the name of the movie from Hideous Mutant Freekz to Freaked, which Alex Winter and the director hated because it sounded too much like Tod Browning's Freaks.
      • The studio also dumped the film into a few theatres after they realized it wasn't anything like the Bill and Ted movies.
  • Playing Against Type: Certainly, both Alex Winter and the uncredited Keanu Reeves are playing much different characters than they were in the Bill & Ted movies, and Ortiz is also radically different from The Stoic Type Casting Reeves later fell into. In addition, Mr. T as the Bearded Lady is not what many people expected.
  • Screwed by the Network: During filming, a regime change led to Joe Roth, the CEO who greenlit the film to be replaced by Peter Chernin, who hated the movie. Consequently, the budget was slashed, the title was changed and the film was dumped in a handful of test markets with Invisible Advertising.
  • Written by Cast Member: See Directed by Cast Member.
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