A Super Secret Is Hiding in the First Full Trailer for Freaks

Emile Hirsch and Lexy Kolker in Freaks.
Emile Hirsch and Lexy Kolker in Freaks.
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A movie title like Freaks says something. It says there are people that are normal and people who are not. From there, the question is: Who’s right? The people who are considered normal or the freaks? That’s just one of many mysteries posed by the latest film called Freaks, this one from Kim Possible directors Adam Stein and Zach Lipovsky. io9 has an exclusive look at the first, full, teaser trailer right this way...

The film stars Emile Hirsch as a father protecting his daughter Chloe (Lexy Kolker) from what he says is the dangerous world around her. And “protect” is even too simple a term. He forbids her to even dare to interact with the outside world. Freaks premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and finally hits theaters on August 23. Check out the teaser trailer:

There’s also a new teaser poster for the film, which seems to have a real phone number on it, doesn’t it? Hmm. Curious. I wonder what happens if you call?

The new poster for Freaks.
The new poster for Freaks.
Image: Well Go

Anyway, as per the headline, there’s a secret hiding here. Can you guess it? If you read our review of Freaks out of Toronto I mention it because it’s not a huge reveal, but it is an exciting twist you may not be expecting. And, just in case the trailer alone isn’t enough to sell you, we’re gonna talk about it below one of these bad boys.

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The “freaks” have superpowers, and that’s the term humanity uses when referring to them, kind of like the world of the X-Men. But, unlike those superhero stories, Freaks handles the situation in a more personal way. It’s a truth that drives a wedge between an overbearing father and a curious daughter. And the way Stein and Lipovsky handle it eventually makes where the story goes that much more emotional and intense. Here’s our full review if you need more convincing.


Co-starring Bruce Dern, Amanda Crew and Grace Park, Freaks opens August 23.

We updated the story to refer to the trailer as a teaser trailer.

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