If curiosity killed the cat then sometimes I wonder what the hell is going to happen to me. I watched Freaks out of innocent curious voyeurism and ended up feeling really weird. Director Tod Browning made a bold choice of casting real carnival folk and people with disabilities in his soap opera morality tale. And you kinda wonder did this story need to be told using these people? The jurys still out. Freaks straddles the line between empowering and exploitative (it tilts towards the latter). The plot is simple: a statuesque acrobat seemingly falls for a midget but it turns out she’s only after his dough. Poor guy. Sounds like last Tuesdays episode of Jerry Springer but it ends not with a chair being tossed, but something far more sinister. Freaks is a strange but ambitious film and if nothing else it has an ending more original than most.