View Full Version : Herbie (Freed) Rides Again!
05-31-2011, 06:39 PM
An ordained rabbi, Herb Freed has had an interesting second career as an exploitation auteur. HAUNTS is a compelling if pretentious REPULSION / Bergman smash-up. TOMBOY, for me, was one of the more enjoyable Crown International releases of the mid-80s.
1999 Dead Punkz - C
1999 Paradise Lost - C
1987 Survival Game D
1985 Tomboy - A
1981 Graduation Day - B+
1980 Beyond Evil - C-
1977 Haunts - A-
06-01-2011, 08:50 AM
The interesting thing about Freed is that GRADUATION DAY and TOMBOY both did surprisingly well at the US box office (taking in $23,894,000 and $14,100,000 respectively on budgets that couldn't have much exceeded $1 million) so it's surprising that their relative success didn't elevate him at all with regard to the projects he was offered. Haven't seen HAUNTS - will have to catch up with it soon...
06-11-2011, 07:19 PM
I thought he became a rabbi and quit making movies? I've seen his four early pictures--"Haunts", "Beyond Evil", "Graduation Day", and "Tomboy"--but I didn't realize he kept working after that.
Slashers and teen sexploitation flicks made a lot of money, but they were also pretty disreputable genres at the time, so I can kinda see why they may not have helped his career that much. We all have a healthy appreciation for early 80's slashers and Betsy Russell T-and-A fests TODAY, but back then those kind of films took a lot of criticism from a lot of people.
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