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The new movie Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant jumps on the vampire train that everyone's been riding lately, but with a twist: The film's teen vampire works in a traveling sideshow. His fellow freaks include a snakeboy (played by Almost Famous's Patrick Fugit), a bearded lady (Salma Hayek!) and a giant (Ken Watanabe). Hollywood has always embraced the freakiest among us, and with Halloween approaching, it's a good time to join the party.
Here are the top 5 movies that celebrate freaks:
1. Freaks (1932) - This horror movie about a traveling freak show is significant for featuring actual circus performers, including a pair of conjoined twins, a legless man, and a "human skeleton." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freaks
2. The Elephant Man (1980) - This drama adapts the true story of Joseph Merrick, a severely deformed but brilliant man who became a celebrity in Victorian England, even befriending the Queen.
3. Fur (2006) - A fictionalized account of '60s photographer Diane Arbus (played by Nicole Kidman), famous for her unblinking photographs of unusual subjects, including dwarves and giants.
4. Phantom of the Opera (1925) - Actor Lon Chaney made audiences gasp when he removed his mask, but his Phantom -- the deformed opera coach who only wants to be loved -- is the most sympathetic character in this silent classic.
5. Edward Scissorhands (1990) - In this modern-day fairytale, Johnny Depp plays an artificial man with an artist's soul and scissors for hands. The moral: our differences are what make us beautiful.
What's your favorite freaky movie? Chime in below!