An Illustrated History of Freak Film


Jack Hunter, Creation Books, 1995, softcover, 244 pages. First edition.



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From the Roman games to American travelling carnivals, freakshows - human anomalies presented for spectacle - have flourished throughout recorded history. The birth of the movies provided a further outlet for these displays, which in turn led to a peculiar strain of bizarre cinema: Freak film.

Inside Teradome is a comprehensive, fully illustrated guide to the roots and development of this fascinating, often disturbing cinematic genre. Including:


A brief history of teratology; freaks in myth and medicine.

The history of freakshows, origins of cinema.

Influence of sideshows on cinema.

Use of human anomalies in cinema.

Freaks and geeks

Bizarre cinema: mutilation and other fetishes.

Illustrated filmography; index.


From the pioneering illusions of Georges Melies and the Expressionist distortions of Dr Caligari, the surgical horrors of Mad Love and real-life grotesqueries of Tod Brownning's Freaks, to the modern nightmare visions of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Eraserhead, and Santa Sangre, Inside Teradome reveals a twisted thread of voyeuristic sickness running not only thorugh cinema, but through the society of which it has always been the most telling barometer.


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