Carnival rides in movie "She Freak"

Friday, February 3, 2012 7:07 PM

What a great movie! I highly recommend.

There are so many great old rides. 2 double ferris wheels and 4 wheels right next to each other! I've never seen that. There is also a small Miler steel coaster and if you can catch it, a Wild Mouse. They also have scenes where they are putting together and taking apart the rides. I think the movie is from 1967. Very cool stuff!

Friday, February 3, 2012 8:59 PM

I just looked for it on Netflix and read the plot description. I didn't know Browning's FREAKS from 1932 ( a favorite of mine, and you'll know the Ramones connection, Billy) was re-made (unofficially, I'm sure)

Friday, February 3, 2012 9:09 PM

^Gabba Gabba hey!

I didn't know Freaks was remade? Are you saying She Freak is a remake of Freak? I think it's a bit different, but I can see how it could be seen as a remake. Either way, both movies rock.

Saturday, February 4, 2012 2:43 AM

It's definitely not a remake of Freaks but an excellent trash classic! CoasterDemon, I've not seen it in several years but it needs a revisit!

We watched Carnival Of Blood the other weekend. Awesome, sleazy NYC salute to the H.G. Lewis gore flicks that's a lot of fun. Most of it was filmed at Coney Island around 1970 so very cool get a look at some of the old rides there. A couple of good views of Thunderbolt and a few partial rides on Spook-o-Rama. Burt Young from the Rocky films also has an early role.

Saturday, February 4, 2012 2:01 PM

From your description the carnival could have been Royal American Shows. They had the double double Sky Wheels (shared a tower between them). For a number of years they also featured four Ferris Wheels side by side with signage between them. This was probably phased out when they started carrying a Giant Seattle Wheel. At one time they featured a Miler coaster that was a bit larger than the standard kiddie coaster. It was billed as "The World's Largest Portable Roller Coaster". They also had a Miler Wild Mouse. Sadly the carnival no longer exists.

Saturday, February 4, 2012 2:46 PM

What I was trying to communicate is the Netflix' plot description (admittedly not too in-depth) sounded an awful lot like Browning's film. I'm sure it has its charms, as others noted above.

Saturday, February 4, 2012 3:36 PM

^It's on demand if you have Comcast/Xfinity/whatever it is now. It's under cutting edge/something weird.

Sunday, February 5, 2012 1:35 AM

The carnival in the movie was West Coast Shows. Credit was given at the very first of the movie.

Sunday, February 5, 2012 11:43 AM

I'm not going to begin a new topic for this...

I just watched "Little Fugitive" on Netflix instant this morning. Most of the film takes place at Coney Island in the early 1950s. It is a very cute and artistic movie that I have enjoyed over the years. I first saw it on AMC about 20 years ago.

You see some great shots of the CI Cyclone in the background, as well as Wonder Wheel and other various classic rides. The Parachute Drop is featured towards the end of the movie.

The entire film gives a great look into NYC life in the 1950s, as well as how Coney Island operated back then. Not only is it interesting because of the historical amusement park aspect, but also because of the artistic shots that take place. I get a sense of what the excitement of 1950s Coney Island would have been like from a seven-year-old's perspective.

It's only an hour and 20 minutes. You all should see it.

Sunday, February 5, 2012 9:00 PM

^"The Little Fugitive" you mean. "Little Fugitive" is a movie from 2005. I haven't seen either, but just looked it/them up on Netflix. Thanks for the suggestion, Travis, it's in my queue.

Edit - I should have read more! "Little Fugitive" (2005) is a remake of "The Little Fugitive" (1953) :)

Last edited by CoasterDemon, Sunday, February 5, 2012 10:54 PM
Monday, February 6, 2012 1:44 AM

A remake? I don't like that. Part of the fun of the 1953 film for me is the historical aspect. But now I am curious and think just maybe I'll have to see what his remake is all about.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 12:42 AM

Okay. The 2006 remake of Little Fugitive is on Netflix Instant as well as the 1953 version. The profanity, drugs, alcohol, and violence make it very different that the move it is a remake of.

This new version has a few monologues about the history of Coney Island, which should really be interesting to some of us here. Mirroring that, there is a scene in the movie in which most roller coaster enthusiasts will despise involving the Coney Island Cyclone. Will they end the movie there? Nope.

If you like dark, gritty indie movies in which children have a really tough life and every adult is either abusive or neglectful (some are not so obvious), see the newer one. If you like lighthearted movies where the worst thing that could happen is that a kid runs out of money for pony rides, see the earlier version. If you like both, of course see both.

I don't fault the filmmaker for the drastic change from one film to another though, because it is apparent that mankind is living in a very different world then we were fifty years ago. Adult strangers can't be characters in a child's story these days without it feeling weird. The old days were so innocent and playful.

Little Fugitive 1953 - A+, and probably my favorite old movie.

Little Fugitive 2006 - C-, because of the terrible last act, and the terrible ending. The good acting interesting Coney Island setting saved this movie from getting an F from me.


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