FREAKS Teaser Trailer Shows Promise, Cast & Crew Do Too

Emile Hirsch is an criminally under-appreciated actor, you know, in my humble opinion. Comedic turns in the The Girl Next Door, the best cartoon brought to life EVER (don't @ me) in Speed Racer, and some fantastic portrayals in films such as Alpha Dog and Lords of Dogtown, he's consistently delivering a likable and solid performance, so seeing his name in the credits is enough to get me interested.

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Throw in this trailer, with Bruce Dern and Amanda Crew also attached, and the plot that seems like a science fiction version of Room but with Dern portraying a man named MISTER SNOWCONE. Well now, that's just a ton of promise. One of the most interesting notations for the crew, once you get digging, is that the directors Adam Stein and Zach Lipovsky nearly placed first in a film competition with STEVEN FREAKING SPIELBERG. Over 12,000 people, they landed in the top five. Now this is their first film, debuting at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival), and you can check out the official trailer and synopsis below to start wondering just what Freaks is all about.

In this inventive and powerful science-fiction thriller, a disturbed father (Emile Hirsch) locks his 7-year-old daughter (Lexy Kolker) in a house, warning her of grave dangers outside. But the mysterious Mr. Snowcone (Bruce Dern) convinces the girl to escape and join him on a quest for family, freedom, and revenge. 

About Canadian Filmmakers Adam Stein and Zach Lipovsky:
They met 11 years ago as competitors on “On The Lot,” Steven Spielberg’s reality show search for up-and-coming filmmakers. Adam and Zach made a new short film every week and lived together for a summer, sequestered in a bungalow on a studio lot in Los Angeles. Out of the 12,000 filmmakers who started the competition, they both finished in the top 5 but short of the prize. But they won something better than the competition: a lasting friendship and collaboration. Over the years they’ve directed digital and TV projects.Freaks is their first feature film, and the first project that the pair have written. As a result, it’s the most personal and artistic expression of who they are as filmmakers.

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NewsRyan LarsonFreaks, TIFF