HIDEOUS! (1997) Reviews and overview

   

‘Deformed. Depraved. Deadly.’

Hideous! – aka Deformed Freaks – is a 1997 American science-fiction horror film produced and directed by Charles Band from a screenplay written by Neal Marshall Stevens [as Benjamin Carr] (DevilDolls; Thir13en Ghosts; The Killer EyeHead of the Family). The Full Moon Features production stars Michael Citriniti, Rhonda Griffin and Mel Johnson Jr.

Plot:

A group of rival collectors of the preserved corpses of severely deformed freakish human beings and the FBI agents that are investigating them must battle against some of their collections which aren’t as dead as they seem…

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

” …a weird, sleazy, gruesomely good time. Its plot is both simplistic and outrageously bizarre […] Films like Hideous! rely heavily on the cast being in on the joke, and everyone here really seems to get it. They’re all delightfully over-the-top, chewing scenery for the duration of the film.” Cinema Slasher

“The creatures are disgusting looking, but they don’t really scare you or bring any fun to the show. The story is unengaging, the actors are bad and there’s too many scenes of the two rival collectors trying to convince these creatures on who they should belong to and it’s just a big bore.”  Cinema Terror

” …they’re puppets that would even be considered low budget by Full Moon’s standards, they don’t really do much. Instead, they spend most of the back half of the film hiding behind chairs and tables, standing in the shadows and gawping at what’s going on.” That Was a Bit Mental

“Common sense, reason and logic go out of the window. These are meant to be throwaway films, devoid of any narrative structure, coherence or melodramatics and instead focus on ideas which purposely make the film seem cheesy and camp. I guess it works to a degree – it just doesn’t make for good viewing.” Popcorn Pictures

“The animatronic creatures by Mark Rappaport (300) are stiffer than the stop motion effects of David Allen (Puppet Master), and the scoring of Richard Band (Castle Freak) is proficient but undistinguished. The end product is amusing enough if slight and predictable.” DVD Beaver

“The movie does the right thing and doesn’t take itself too seriously, the witty dry humour which is scattered throughout helps the pacing and even though the main focus of the story is the Shakespearian rivalry of the freak collectors the monsters littered enhance this giving a reason to cheer and jeer along with the film.” UK Horror Scene

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Cast and characters:

Michael Citriniti … Doctor Lorca – Demonic Toys: Personal DemonsCemetery High; Psychos in Love
Rhonda Griffin … Elvina Shaw – Naked Fear; The Creeps
Mel Johnson Jr. … Napoleon Lazar – The Munsters Today; Total Recall
Jacqueline Lovell … Sheila
Tracie May … Belinda Yost
Jerry O’Donnell … Detective Leonard Kantor
Andrew Johnston … Martin – Frenchman’s Farm
Mircea Constantinescu … Alf
Alexandru Agarici … Dougie

Filming locations:

Romania