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Alex Winter (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure) plays Ricky Coogan, a Hollywood action comedy star, sent to Santa Flan (named for the Patron Saint of Creamy Deserts) South America to be the spokesperson for a "controversial new fertilizer called Zygrot-24." He and His Buddy Ernie (Michael Stoyanov, TV's "Blossom") go there to check it out. There they meet Julie (The Under-appreciated Megan Ward, PCU) an environmental protestor whose come to Santa Flan to "Pelt Ricky Coogan with Cow [Dung]." The three of them meet up with Elijah C. Skuggs (Randy Quaid, in one of the best performances of his life), proprietor of "Freek Land." And he turns them into freaks. Ricky, Ernie, and Julie join up with Skuggs' other Mutant creations, including a Bearded Lady (Mr. T, "Rocky III"), The Human Worm (Derek McGrath, Inherit the Wind), and Sockhead, the human Sock Puppet (Bobcat Goldthwait, Blow). Also, look and see if you can spot Keanu Reeves (The Matrix Reloaded), I won't even tell you who he is.
This is a great comedy. Sure the plot is paper thin, but like all great silly comedy's this one has real moxie (no, not the drink that tastes like tree bark). Jokes fly left and right and most if not all of them actually work. (Hey Rob Schnieder, watch this movie please!Read more ›
I don't normally care for gross-out humor, but there is an underlying absurdist wit to FREAKED which never fails to elicit belly laughs from me.
Basically former child star Ricky Coogan (played by Alex Winter) and his best pal (the son who was an ambulance driver on Blossom) go to boofoo wherever at the behest of an evil corporation called E.E.S. -Everything Except Shoes- (in spite of the pleading of Stewy, this weird little fanboy of Ricky's who really does resemble a troll) who wants him to endorse their latest product. They meet up with an activist minded gal and are promptly taken prisoner by evil sideshow barker Skuggs (Randy Quaid) who test the stuff on them, mutating Ricky into `Beast Boy' and merging the activist with Ricky's pal (the Blossom guy), who is a sexist pig.
The Funny is really unleashed when Skugg's other victims are introduced - a Man-Worm in desperate need of an...ahem...wiping, A bearded lady (played by Mr. T!), a dog-man (Keanu Reeves), a guy with a sock puppet for a head (Bobcat Goldthwait), Rosie The Eternal Flame (the guy who played the Dwarf in the Dungeons and Dragons movie - he runs around with a flame coming out of his [behind] for the whole picture here `Lights out baby!!!') a pinhead, and a wise Cowboy (part man part cow). Particularly hilarious are the scenes where each of the characters tells how they wound up there in flashback fashion - Mr. T's story is the funniest, followed closely by the spoon who was mutated into a fork (or was it a hammer into a screw driver? I forget).
Other high comedic moments:
The Rastafar-Eyes (`Eye `n Eye, mon...')
Skuggs in his 50's style rumpus room (`Styrofoam cup...Read more ›
Freaked is so "freaky" you need a dictionary and thesaurus to describe it! Here goes: absurdity, grotesque, outlandish, eccentric, bizarre, ridiculous, strange, buffoonery, unique, jocose, off-the-wall, witty and wild- just to name a few!
Some other movies that are similiar to Freaked are: Beetlejuice, Weekend at Bernie's, Freeway, Claymation (TV specials), Alice in Wonderland, Star Wars, Naked Gun, and 3 Stooges (TV). But even compared to all of these it is still completely different!
This movie makes me want to throw a "freak" costume party with a great prize (so that everyone would dress up as "freaky" as possible. We might not all get arrested if it was on Halloween!); and then all go into restaurants eating and dancing, and just watch people scatter, scream, stare and laugh at us all! OK, I'm getting a little bit carried away, but that is THE POINT! LOOSEN UP AND GET FREAKY PEOPLE!
This movie speaks to me: it says, "Break the rules every once in awhile. Do something new and exciting! Don't let life mold you- shape and mold your own life the way YOU want it to be! GO FOR IT!"
Who is with me here!
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This movie will never leave my mind sadly. In the mid 90's this movie was always on basic cable and any other channel that would have it. Read morePublished on May 29 2004 by Brett Kochenower
Today at work I was thinking about this film and I started laughing out loud when I remembered the part about the wrench that was turned into a hammer. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2004 by Antonio Giusto
an awesome dose of insanity, buried by the powers that don't be. there's an online petition to get this thing on DVD at
be great on DVD. Read more
Okay, I'll admit I have a stake in this- I'm the co-writer/director. But if you like Freaked, please petition Fox home video to put it out on DVD. Fax Kelly at (310) 369-5262. Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2003 by Tom J. Stern
Please, Fox, release this on DVD. Even if it's a crappy Artisan release, I'll buy it (but at least anamorphic widescreen, if you have any decency). Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2003 by Squishie
Ok, there should be a warning: Most people will hate this.
But for those with twisted senses of humor like me, this is a great work of art. Read more
Written and directed by Alex ("Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure") Winter, this is a one-of-a-kind fantasy par excellence! Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2000 by Jason Vance
ok, so my review title had nothing to do with this movie, but you put Alex winter anywhere near a camera and I'm there! Read morePublished on April 18 2000 by Corrina