She-Freak (1967) - Rotten Tomatoes

She-Freak (1967)






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This entertaining sexploitation update of Freaks from producer David Friedman and director B. Ron Elliott (using the pseudonym "Byron Mabe") has its moments for sympathetic viewers. Jade (Claire Brennen) is a diner waitress who wants success at any price, so she joins a traveling carnival despite her old boss's warning that "You're going all the way down!" Before long, Jade is married to the carnival owner (Bill McKinney of Deliverance) and having an affair with a ferris-wheel operator named Blackie (exploitation director Lee Raymond). Jade likes the money but hates the carnival freaks, so when a midget named Shortie (Felix Silla) informs McKinney of her affair with Blackie, she vows revenge. Predictably, McKinney confronts Blackie and gets stabbed to death, so Jade inherits the carnival. She fires Shortie and starts treating her former friends badly, leading the freaks to attack her one night and surgically transform her into a hideous monster. The film ends with Jade's old boss from the diner laughing at her as she is exhibited as a sideshow freak. An amusing diversion, though it is obsessed with phallic snake symbolism and isn't even a fraction as good as its 1932 model.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Horror
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Written By: David F. Friedman
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On DVD: May 9, 2000

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Lee Raymond
as Blackie Fleming
Bennie Moore
as Advance Man
Bill McKinney
as Steve St. John
Lynn Courtney
as Pat Mullins
Claire Brennan
as Jade Cochran
Madame Lee
as Snake Charmer
William Bagdad
as "Pretty Boy"
Felix Silla
as Shortie
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Critic Reviews for She-Freak

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It takes the viewer on a dark ride into the world of carneys and does it in a goofy crowd-pleasing diverting way.

Full Review… | October 10, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

October 2, 2005

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for She-Freak

A horrible, no-budget ripoff of Tod Browning's carny-classic "Freaks." The ending is essentially revealed at the start, which is possibly a good move -- there's a modest degree of suspense about how the curvy star will mutate into a monster. The gal kinda looks like a cross between Elke Sommer and Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon.

The dire shortage of plot is covered by exasperating/hilarious overuse of montage sequences. Loads of aimless carnival scenery, inevitably backed by a swinging vibraphone-jazz combo who seemingly worked harder than anyone else involved.

If you tune in late and just catch the final 15 minutes, you'll extract all the entertainment "She Freak" has to offer.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

It's a David Friedman production, so it is what it is.
It's shlocky, and sloppily made, but it retains charm.
Maybe we can say that this is a slow burn, leading up to a silly ending hoping to be atrocious.
Still, if you like Something Weird's output, it's an enjoyable one.

Patrick Dolan

Super Reviewer

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