Stranger Things, Dark, and Black Mirror. It’s the age of world building sci-fi thrillers and we are definitely here for it. Adding to this roster of incredibly crafted shows comes sci-fi thriller film Freaks. It originally premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and made its commercial debut this September.
Set in a somewhat unassuming version of the future, the film starts off strong. 7-year-old Chloe immediately captures our interest with her unusual setup, seemingly living isolated from the rest of the world in a deteriorating house with her father. So many questions pop up right off the bat. Where’s her mom? Why does their house look like that? Why does it look like she hasn’t gone outside in a long time? The questions just kept on piling up as every minute passes and the delicious buildup of anticipation and curiosity keeps the audience on the edge of their seats.
My easter egg-hunter mind eventually took over and looked for answers in all of the incriminating details in every scene. Was Chloe kidnapped? Was that her real father? We found out soon enough. It seems that in this world, “Abnormals” or “Freaks” are not allowed to roam free.
You’ll certainly end up rooting for and even shedding a few tears here and there for our unexpected heroes. Fans of sci-fi thrillers, psychological thrillers, and even dystopia all have something to see here.
Watch the trailer here: